Main Commission: Members' Biographical Information

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Rodney Croft is a Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia. He obtained degrees in Philosophy and Psychology before completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Wollongong in 2000, and then worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience as a postdoc at Imperial College, London, and then at Swinburne University, Australia. His research focuses on the delineation of human brain function, particularly as it relates to agents that might affect it (e.g. electromagnetic fields, illicit and medicinal drugs), as well as psychiatry more generally. He has been involved in research on ELF and RF non-ionising radiation since 2000, primarily utilising the electroencephalogram as a means of observing subtle alterations in brain function. He participates in a variety of national and international scientific committees, was Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research from 2004-2011, and joined the ICNIRP Biology Standing Committee in 2008 and Main Commission in 2012.
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Maria Feychting is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research is focused on environmental risk factors for chronic diseases, primarily cancer but also neurodegenerative diseases. She has been involved in epidemiologic research on non-ionising radiation since 1987, covering both ELF and RF electromagnetic fields. She has a specific interest in adult and childhood brain tumour aetiology, both environmental and genetic factors, as well as gene-environment interactions. She participates in the work of the WHO EMF programme, as well as other national and international scientific committees. She is scientific secretary of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority’s independent scientific expert group on electromagnetic fields. She joined the Main Commission in 2008 and was elected to serve the Commission as its Vice Chair in 2012.
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Adèle Green received her medical degree and her PhD   respectively in 1976, 1984 from the University of Queensland, Australia and her MSc in Epidemiology in 1985 from the London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. She is now working as Senior Scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia and is a Conjoint Professor at the Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition, at the University of Queensland. Dr. Green has served ICNIRP SCI since May 2000 and was elected to serve on the Main Commission in 2008.
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Kari Jokela received his PhD in Technology in 1982 from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Since 1977, he is working at the STUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Finland), where he is now a research professor. His main duties in STUK consist of regulatory activities, management, public information and research. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications dealing mainly with microwaves techniques, RF measurements, RF dosimetry, EM-field protection standards, UV radiometry and solar UV climatology. He teaches at the Helsinki University of Technology lecturing a course on NIR protection. He is also the co-editor of the text book Electromagnetic Fields published by STUK (in Finnish). He has served on ICNIRP SCIII since 1994 and was elected to serve on the Main Commission in 2008.
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James Lin is a Professor of electrical engineering, bioengineering, physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he has served as Head of the Department of Bioengineering, and as Director of Special Projects for the College of Engineering. He held an NSC Research Chair from 1993-97, a recipient of the d’Arsonval Medal of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and has served as its president. He is a past chair of IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation and URSI Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine. He was a vice president of the US National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). He is Editor-in-Chief of Bioelectromagnetics, and Editor of the Springer book series on Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems. He is the author of numerous journal papers, book chapters, and several books. His column on telecommunication radiation safety and health is carried by four professional magazines. He joined the Main Commission in 2004 and is serving the SCIII as a Chairman since 2008.
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Carmela Marino studied Biological sciences in Faculty of Sciences of "La Sapienza" University of Rome. She was a Scientific Research Fellow at the Gray Laboratory, Cancer Research Campaign, Mount Vernon Hospital, Nothwood, U.K where she was involved in experimental studies on radiobiology applied to radiotherapy. On behalf of ENEA she coordinated the research activity Subprogram 3 Interaction between sources and biosystems (MURST/ENEA-CNR Italian National Program "Human and Environmental Protection from  Electromagnetic Emissions”) and was involved in several projects of the 5° and 6°FP, as member of steering Committee and Coordinator of research unit. Since 1990 Carmela Marino is Contract Professor of Radiobiology and Thermobiology and Biological Effects of EM fields with the Post-Graduate School of Health Physics, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Italy. She is currently Head of the Unit of Radiation Biology and Human Health, at Casaccia Research Center of Italian Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). She joined the Commission in 2012.
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Rüdiger Matthes received his M.E. degree in electronic engineering from the Technical University in Munich. Since 1989 he is Head of the group "Non-Ionizing Radiation (Dosimetry)" at the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. The interests of this group cover all aspects of NIR protection with the main focus on dosimetry. He has been the Scientific Secretary of ICNIRP since 1993. He has served the Standing Committee on Physics and Engineering (SCIII) as a Chairman from 2004 to 2008. He was elected as Vice-Chair in 2008 and is now serving the Commission as a Chair since 2012.
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Agnette P. Peralta received her BSc in Physics from the University of the Philippines and her M.Sc. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She is Director IV at the Center for Device Regulation, Radiation Health, and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines. She is also a Professorial Lecturer in the Medical Physics program of the Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Main research and work interests are radiation protection, radiation dosimetry, and radiation regulation. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization EMF Project. She has served the ICNIRP Commission since 2004.
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Zenon Sienkiewicz graduated from Chelsea College, University of London with a BSc in Physiology and then received a PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London, for research into learning and memory mechanisms in goldfish. Subsequently, he studied the neurophysiology of feeding and satiety in non-human primates in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. In 1985 he joined the National Radiological Protection Board (now part of Public Health England) and is now Senior Scientific Group Leader of the NIR Effects Group. His particular research interests include the physiological and behavioural effects of power frequency and radiofrequency fields; the effects of prenatal exposure to ionising radiation or ultrasound on behaviour; and the effects of UVR on melanomagenesis. Zenon has been appointed to several expert advisory committees, including the Programme Management Committee of the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) Programme. He is participating in several collaborative projects including COST BM0704 and EFHRAN. He joined the Commission in January 2011.
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Per Söderberg is a Professor of Ophthalmology. He is now working at the University Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden in the Department of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience and is a visiting professor at Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, Florida, USA, College of Optometry, University of Houston, Texas, USA, and Dept. of Ophthalmology, Dalian Medical University, Dalian, China. His main research interests are effects of optical radiation in the eye with an emphasis on ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, cataract measurement, and anterior segment surgery. His work includes exploration of the pathophysiological mechanism for UVR induced cataract, development of a new model for determination of UVR and infrared toxicity in the eye, determination of the influence of variables such as age, gender, pigmentation, exposure time and fractionation of exposure, on UVR induced cataract and effects of chronic daily exposures to UVR on the lens. Dr. Söderberg is an ICNIRP commission member since October 2002.
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Bruce E. Stuck is the Director of the Ocular Trauma Research Division at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas whose mission is to investigate the ocular effects of non-ionizing radiation and short-duration pressure wave effects.  This research establishes protection strategies (e.g. exposure limits or physical protection products) and develops triage and treatment approaches for ocular injury from non-ionizing radiation and shock wave exposures from blast.  From 1992-2010, he was the Director of the U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he had programmatic responsibilities for the Army Medical Department’s laser and radio frequency radiation biological effects research program. He has 32 years experience in laser hazards research experience and is the author/co-author of numerous papers on ocular and cutaneous effects of laser and radio frequency radiation. His primary interests are in the biological effects of visible and infrared laser radiation on the retina and cornea and the assessment of laser-induced eye injuries and their treatment. He is the Chair of the Biological Effects and Medical Surveillance Technical Subcommittee of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Z136 Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Laser Institute of America, the Biomedical Optical Society of the SPIE and the editorial board of the Journal of Laser Applications. He has served on ICNIRP SC IV since 1999 and on the Commission since 2004.
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Eric van Rongen graduated in biology at the State University of Leyden, the Netherlands in 1980. Subsequently he performed research on tumour and normal tissue radiobiology at the Radiobiological Institute of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and received his PhD in 1989. From 1989-1990 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Experimental Radiotherapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, TX, USA. Since 1992 he is scientific staff member with the Health Council of the Netherlands and primarily involved with non-ionizing radiation. As Scientific Secretary of several Expert Committees he has written many advisory reports on the health effects of low and high frequency electromagnetic fields, UV and ionizing radiation, but also on non-radiation subjects. He is member of the International Advisory Committee of the WHO International EMF Project and has been part-time seconded to WHO to work on the Environmental Health Criteria on Static Fields and EMF. He is member of several national and international organizations and committees in the field of non-ionizing radiation. He is representative of the Netherlands with COST BM0704. He has been serving ICNIRP as Consulting Member since May 2001, as member of SCII since November 2006 and has been elected in the Commission in May 2010.
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Soichi Watanabe received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from the Tokyo Metropolitan University and joined the Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He is currently a Research Manager responsible for leading RF safety in the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), which was established from CRL and another institution since 2004.
Dr. Watanabe has been engaging on various topics related with NIR, especially RF fields. One of the most important researches is to develop voxel human models which include the world’s first adult female whole-body model and pregnant woman whole-body model. Another his contribution to NIR is international standardizations, such as ITU, IEC, and IEEE. His research has mainly been dedicated to increasing scientific reliability of compliance procedures to NIR guidelines, e.g., uncertainty evaluation, calibration, and validation, which are responsible functions for national standard institutes such as NICT. His contribution to NIR is comprehensive, effective and neutral for developing adequate NIR environment for general public and occupational situations. He is a secretary of Japanese National Committee of K-Commission, Internal Union of Radio Science (URSI) from 2008, a secretary of Japanese National Committee of IEC/TC106 from 2006, and a member of the Committee for Radio-Wave Use Environment of Information and Communications Council and a member of the Committee to Promote Research on the Possible Biological Effect of Electromagnetic Fields, Ministry of Internal Affair and Communications of Japan. He has served the ICNIRP Standing Committee III since 2004 and was elected to join the main commission in 2012.
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Scientific Secretary

Gunde Ziegelberger holds a PhD in Biology. After a career as senior research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute, she joined the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) in 2002, where she is working in the group "Non-Ionizing Radiation". Since 2004 she has served on the ICNIRP Board as Scientific Secretary. As per the ICNIRP Statutes, she is member of the Executive Board. She has no voting right in the ICNIRP Commission.
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Chairman Emeritus

Michael Repacholi was Coordinator of the World Health Organization's Radiation and Environmental Health Unit in Geneva until his retirement in June 2006. In this role he managed the International EMF Project and the INTERSUN Project, which focuses on the health risks associated with exposure to EMF and UV, respectively. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications and was a participant in ten WHO task groups on various NIR. Dr. Repacholi is Fellow and Past President of the Australian Radiation Protection Society, and Fellow and Past President of the Australian College of Physical Sciences and Engineering in Medicine. He was a founding member of INIRC/IRPA and became the first ICNIRP Chairman at its inception in 1992. In May 1996 he was honoured for his work by being elected Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP. In this office he has the status of an observer at ICNIRP meetings with no voting rights, as such he is not required to fill in a declaration of personal interest.
e-mail: Michael Repacholi