• 08 JUL 11
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    Anthony Swerdlow’s share portfolio (or business as usual at ICNIRP)

    In a previous message I mentioned the recent ICNIRP paper, “Mobile Phones, Brain Tumours and the Interphone Study: Where Are We Now?”

    Well, where we are now is in Conflict of Interest and BIAS land where its acceptable for the lead author of the ICNIRP paper, Anthony Swerdlow, who is also on the Main Commission at ICNIRP, to hold shares in the telecoms companies Cable and Wireless Worldwide and Cable and Wireless Communications. If that weren’t bad enough, Swerdlow’s wife holds shares in the BT group, a global telecommunications services company. (Note that Cable & Wireless gave “generous support” to ICNIRP’s Consulting Expert David Black so he could secure his honorary Doctor of Medicine degree at Auckland University.)

    ICNIRP states on its website that all commission members are independent experts in their respective scientific disciplines and do not represent either their countries or institutes and specifically they cannot be employed by industry. In order to maintain this independence from industry or other vested interests it is stated:

    “Members are reminded frequently of the need to declare any interests detrimental to ICNIRP’s status as an independent advisory body. . . ICNIRP also does not accept funding from industry.”

    So, apparently all you need to do to be an accredited ICNIRP member and partake in all its benefits, such as knowing where the good investments are, is to simply declare your industry conflicts of interests and get on with business as usual.

    AND what a fantastic way to protect your share portfolio…..

    Don

    Mobile Phones, Brain Tumours and the Interphone Study: Where Are We Now?

    Anthony J. Swerdlow1, Maria Feychting2, Adele C Green3, Leeka Kheifets4, David A Savitz5 (International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection Standing Committee on Epidemiology)

    Conflict of Interest Statement (Page 2)

    Funding for research undertaken by MF and AJS has been provided by a number of sources, including the European Fifth Framework Program; the International Union against Cancer, which receives funds from the Mobile Manufacturers’ Forum and the GSM Association; the Mobile Telecommunications Health and Research Programme; the Swedish Research Council; AFA Insurance; and VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems). VINNOVA received funds from TeliaSonera, EricssonAB, and Telenor. All funds from commercial sources were via firewalls. The authors certify that their freedom to design, conduct, interpret, and publish research was not compromised by any controlling sponsor. AJS holds shares in the telecoms companies Cable and Wireless Worldwide and Cable and Wireless Communications. AJS’ wife holds shares in the BT group, a global telecommunications services company. MF, ACG, and AJS are members of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, an independent body setting guidelines for non-ionizing radiation protection. MF and AJS serve as advisors to a number of public advisory and research steering groups concerning the potential health effects of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

    Link to full paper

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