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Composition: The Commission membership consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and up to 12 members. Commission members are independent experts in the scientific disciplines relevant to non-ionizing radiation protection. In carrying out their voluntary work for the Commission they do not represent either their countries of origin or their institutes. ICNIRP members are required to declare any personal interests in relation to their activities for ICNIRP. Members' declarations of personal interests are available below along the member's profile.

Election: Members are elected to the Commission from nominations received by current members, and by the Executive Council of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and the IRPA Associate Societies. 2015 the call for nominations was extended to international and national radiation protection bodies. The election takes place every 4 years at the last ICNIRP Annual General Meeting before each IRPA Congress.

Duties: The duties of the Commission include:

  • Formulating and implementing ICNIRP policy in accordance with the Charter and resources available.
  • Specifying, prioritizing and directing the ICNIRP work plan.
  • Providing chairmanship and scientific expertise to the Project Groups and coordinating their activities according to the needs of ICNIRP.
  • Reviewing and approving proposed ICNIRP publications.
  • Fostering cooperation with other organizations in the field of non-ionizing radiation protection.

Eric van Rongen
Chair

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 TNO and received his PhD in 1989. Since 1992 he is senior 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 cooperates closely with WHO on the development of Environmental Health Criteria monographs on EMF, currently the one on radiofrequency fields. He is member of several national and international organizations and committees in the field of non-ionizing radiation and President of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA). He has been serving ICNIRP as Consulting Member since May 2001, as member of the former Standing Committee II Biology since November 2006 and has been elected in the Commission in May 2010. He is now serving as the ICNIRP Chair since May 2016.

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Maria Feychting
Vice-Chair

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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Rodney Croft
Member

Rodney Croft is 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 and government committees, was Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (2004-2011) and is currently Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research. Croft was appointed in 2014 an Associate Editor of the BEMS journal, and joined the ICNIRP Biology Standing Committee in 2008 and Main Commission in 2012.

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Guglielmo d'Inzeo
Member

Guglielmo d'Inzeo is a Professor of "Bioelectromagnetic Interaction" at "La Sapienza" University of Rome since 1990. His research activities have been concerned with active and passive microwave component design and with bioelectromagnetism. In the bioelectromagnetic area, his fields of interest are the interaction of electromagnetic fields with biological tissues, the effects of microwaves and ELF fields on biological samples and humans, and the modelling of the interaction mechanisms. He is author or co-author of more than seventy papers in international refereed journals and books. Appointed as a member of the EBEA Council in 1989, he acted as President from 1993 to 1998. From 1992 to 2000 he was an Italian representative for the COST 244 and 244Bis projects on "Biomedical Effects of Electromagnetic Fields". From 1998 to 2004 he chaired the Italian ICEmB (Inter-University Centre Electromagnetic Fields and Biosystems). From 2001 to 2006 he was an Italian National representative in COST 281 project “Potential Health Effects from Emerging Wireless Communication Systems” and from 2007 in COST BM0704 related project. From 2004 to 2009, he served as a member of IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES), Technical Committee 95 (TC95). From 2008 to 2011 he chaired the Commission K “Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine” of URSI “Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale”. From 2014 he has been the Italian National Representative of COST BM1309 Action “European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications (EMF-MED)“. He joined the ICNIRP Commission in 2016.

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Adèle Green
Member

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 QIMR Berghofer Medical Rersearch Institute, 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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Akimasa Hirata
Member

Akimasa Hirata received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in communications engineering from Osaka University, Suita, Japan, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. In 2001, he joined the Department of Communications Engineering, Osaka University as an Assistant Professor. In 2004, he moved to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology where he is Full Professor. His research interests are in computational dosimetry for electromagnetic fields (from extremely low frequency to millimeter waves). Dr. Hirata is an Administrative Committee Member and Subcommittee Chairperson in IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES). He is an editorial board member of Physics in Medicine and Biology (2010-), and was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (from 2006 to 2012), etc. Dr. Hirata won several awards including Prizes for Science and Technology (Research Category 2011, Public Understanding Promotion Category 2014) by the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, and IEEE EMC-S Technical Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of Institute of Physics. Akimasa Hirata was elected a Member of the ICNIRP Main Commission in May 2016.

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Carmela Marino
Member

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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Sharon Miller
Member

Sharon Miller works as a Senior Optical Engineer in the Magnetic Resonance and Electronic Products Branch, Division of Radiological Health, Office of In vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, part of the US Food and Drug Administration. This group has responsibility for developing,  maintaining and enforcing standards related to radiation-emitting electronic products. In addition, this group serves as a technical resource for FDA field and State inspectors that routinely inspect both manufacturers and user facilities of radiation-emitting electronic products. In particular, Sharon Miller’s expertise is in the field of optical radiation measurements, bioeffects and standards development. She graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC with a Master’s Degree and received her PhD in the field of Biophysics from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in 2016. Sharon Miller has conducted research over the past 30 years regarding the potential hazards from optical radiation-emitting medical devices and consumer products. In addition, she has served as the Principal Investigator of two human studies that examined the effects of UV radiation on human skin. She serves on numerous IEC and  ISO standard committees and acted as co-Chair of a CIE, Division 6 committee tasked with generating a Technical Report about Minimal Erythemal Doses in different skin types. She has authored over 100 scientific peer-reviewed publications and presentations and six book chapters. Sharon Miller was elected Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2014 and joined the Commission in 2016.

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Gunnhild Oftedal
Member

Gunnhild Oftedal obtained degree in biophysics and PhD in psycho-physio acoustics, with a focus on effects on hearing, in 1985 at Norwegian University of Technology (NTNU). She is working as Research Co-ordinator at Faculty of Technology, NTNU. From the early 1990s, she has been involved in research on health effects of EMF in the ELF and the RF ranges, mainly with experimental human studies and observational studies. Her focus has been on symptoms attributed to electromagnetic fields, but she also has been involved in studies on pregnancy outcomes in populations exposed to RF fields. She is member of international organisations in the field of non-ionising radiation and participates in the work of WHO on the health risk assessment on RF fields.  She is an ICNIRP commission member since May 2016.

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Tsutomu Okuno
Member

Tsutomu Okuno received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D in Applied Physics from Tohoku University. He is working at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan. His research interests focus on optical radiation hazards. He is an editor of the journal "Industrial Health", a member of Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Japan Welding Engineering Society and a drafting member of Committee for Recommendation of Occupational Exposure Limits, Japan Society for Occupational Health. He has been serving ICNIRP SCIV from 1998 until 2004. Dr Okuno was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013. He serves the ICNIRP Commission since 2016.

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Martin Röösli
Member

Martin Röösli is Professor for environmental epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical- and Public Health Institute in Basel and leads the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit. He has a background in atmospheric physics and a PhD in environmental epidemiology. His research focuses on various environmental topics. In the field of non-ionizing radiation he conducted several exposure assessment and epidemiological studies on the health effects of electromagnetic fields including population based studies dealing with cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and non-specific symptoms of ill health and an occupational study of railway workers. He is a member in various national and international commissions on environmental health research including BERENIS, advisory group of COSMOS and the Scientific Council of the IARC. He has published numerous scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. Dr Röösli started to serve the ICNIRP Commission in 2016.

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Zenon Sienkiewicz
Member

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. He has studied electromagnetic fields since 1985 and is now Senior Scientific Group Leader of the Physiology and Neurobiology Group at the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards which is part of Public Health England. His particular research interests include the physiological and behavioural effects of power frequency and radiofrequency fields, and the effects of prenatal exposure to ionising radiation or ultrasound on behaviour. 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 joined the Commission in January 2011.

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Soichi Watanabe
Member

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 Commission in 2012.

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