Electromagnetic fields (EMF)

EMF research databases

WHO's EMF databases

The EMF (ElectroMagnetic Field) research database has been developed as a tool for the research community, international agencies, and the general public. Its purpose is to offer information about global projects that examine the effect of electromagnetic field exposure on biological systems. It contains information on studies conducted in humans (epidemiologic and laboratory provocation), animals (in vivo), and in cultured cells and artificial systems (in vitro). It also contains engineering studies that characterize and quantify EMF exposure in these systems, and theoretical studies that consider feasible mechanisms for EMF energy interaction. The database contains studies spanning the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum ranging static (0 Hz), extremely low frequency (ELF, >0-300 kHz), intermediate frequencies (IF, >300Hz to 10MHz), and radiofrequency (RF, 10 MHz-300 GHz) fields. - basically everything below visible light and ionizing radiation. It is divided into two sections, a Project Database and a Citation List.

The Project database attempts to be as comprehensive as possible and contains both completed studies as well as recently initiated projects and follow-on work that is ongoing and not yet published. The Project Database is searchable on a variety of categories (e.g., frequency range and subrange, study type and subtype, funding agency, investigator name) and each entry includes a condensed summary description of a project from a given laboratory or group. The Citation List provides the complete reference and is searchable by a more limited number of categories (e.g., frequency range, study type and subtype, investigator name, reference key words, and date of publication). The two databases are linked (forward and backward), so that identifying a project will immediately provide access to all relevant publications, and visa versa. Finally, a summary chart function has been provided to view a specific study category(s) in terms of number of ongoing projects, projects reported but not published, and published studies. Each summary chart entry is further linked to the Project Database and Citation List to for additional information.

No information beyond that found in this database is available from the International EMF Project. Further information can be obtained from the Principal Investigator. Investigators or funding organizations wishing to inform the International EMF Project of research that may be relevant to WHO's EMF research agenda should contact the Project Secretariat. They should furnish the information contained in the format for projects in this database and sufficient additional information to show that the project will both address a question on the EMF Research Agenda and will meet the Research Agenda's Guidelines for Quality Research.

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