Medical group researches mobile phone health impact

A $2.5 million research centre will be launched in Canberra to study possible damaging health effects of mobile phones.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said yesterday the centre will study electromagnetic energy emissions from mobile phones and mobile phone towers.

It would support a Centre of Research Excellence in Radio-frequency Electro-magnetic Energy with $500,000 a year for up to five years.

The centre will be either an actual physical entity or a virtual one, linking research efforts from several different organisations.

NHMRC chief executive Alan Pettigrew said the council funded a number of studies on radio-frequency electromagnetic energy (EME) in such areas as neurophysiology, neuropsychology and cancer biology.

"More studies are required to provide comprehensive evidence," Professor Pettigrew said in a statement.

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