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  Michael Repacholi  

  Resume at September 1998  


A brief outline of the career of Michael Repacholi who runs the WHO EMF project


NAME: MICHAEL HARRY REPACHOLI

Team Coordinator


Occupational and Environmental Health, Protection of the Human Environment
Radiation Specialist
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Tel: + (41) (022) 791 3427 Fax: + (41) (022) 791 4123
E-mail: repacholim@who.ch

PRIVATE ADDRESS: 314 rue Guy de Maupassant
01220 Divonne les Bains, France
Telephone (Home) (+33)(050) 20 46 96
Telephone (Business) (+41)(021) 791 3427
Facsimile (+41)(021) 791 4123

DATE OF BIRTH:

30 June 1944

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

University of Western Australia 1965 B.Sc. Physics.
University of London, England 1969 M.Sc. Radiation Biology.
University of Ottawa, Canada 1980 Ph.D. Biology.

PUBLICATIONS

Over 155 scientific publications, reports and conference proceedings in various areas of research and radiation protection (see attached list).

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP:

Australian Radiation Protection Association — member since 1984, Fellow since 1992, Vice President 1986 — 1988, President 1988 —1990, Past President 1990—1992. Health Physics Society (Full member) since 1970.

Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (Fellow) since 1984, Chairman (S.A. Branch) 1984—1986, Vice President 1987—1989, President 1989—1991, Past President 1991—1993.

Australian Institute of Physics (Fellow) since 1974.

Canadian Radiation Protection Association (Full member) (1969—1981).

Canadian Association of Physics — past president of Medical and Biological Physics Division (1978) program chairman of Divisions Annual Meeting 1977.

Bioelectromagnetics Society — full member since 1987, member of Honours Committee since 1992.

Italian Radiation Protection Society — awarded honory membership in 1994.

EMPLOYMENT RECORD SUMMARY:

Australian Atomic Energy Commission 1964—65
Summer student in Physics.

State X-Ray Laboratory, Perth, Western Australia 1965—68.
Radiation Protection Physicist carrying out surveys on all X-ray equipment and radioisotope users in medical and industrial facilities.

Saskatchewan Cancer Commission, Regina 1969—71.
Hospital Physicist concerned with radiotherapy treatment planning, consultant in radiation safety for the medical diagnostic X-ray equipment in the Grey Nun's Hospital, consultant to the nuclear medicine department of the Allan Blair Clinic.

Health and Welfare Canada, Radiation Protection Bureau 1971—1983.
(a)1971—1974 Head, Medical X-ray Program
(b)1975—1982 Head, Non-Ionizing Radiation Program
Section head of programs involved with research, measurement, and biological and health effects of radiation. Development of standards for both ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.

Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia. January, 1983—July 1991. Chief Scientist responsible for radiation research, development of new therapeutic techniques using radiations, radiation safety officer for Hospital, conduct of research projects involving non-ionizing radiations.

Australian Radiation Laboratory (seconded from Royal Adelaide Hospital)

Federal Department of Health, Housing & Community Services
Lower Plenty Road, Yallambie, Victoria, 3085, Australia.
July, 1991—July 1995. Manager and principal investigator of large research programs on the epidemiology of childhood cancer and animal study to determine if exposure to 50/60 Hz fields is involved in carcinogenesis.

Radiation Specialist, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Managing the International Electromagnetic Fields Project and the Global Ultraviolet Radiation Project (INTERSUN) since August 1995.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES:

ICNIRP: Inaugural Chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection since May 1992.
ICNIRP is an independent scientific body chartered to review the scientific literature and provide advice on protection from exposure to all non-ionizing radiations and fields. ICNIRP was formed from the membership of IRPA/INIRC as described below.

IRPA/INIRC: Member of the International Radiation Protection Association's (IRPA) International Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee since 1978. Chairman of Committee 1988—1992.
This Committe is now the ICNIRP which was formed from it and interacts with the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Labour Office (ILO), International Commission on Radiological Units (ICRU), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and Commission of the European Communities (CEC), to produce health criteria documents, safety codes, standards of radiation exposure and other publications in the NIR field. Within this Committee I am/was:

  • member of International Technical Program Committee for Internationa Radiation Protection Association Congress (IRPA - 7), Sydney, April, 1988.
  • Convenor of International Non-Ionizing Radiation Workshop, Melbourne, April, 1988 (an INIRC/IRPA project).
  • Member of International Technical Program Committee for IRPA - 8 Congress, Montreal, May 1992.
  • Member of International Technical Program Committee for IRPA - 9 Congress, Vienna, 1996.
  • IEC: Member of the following International Electrotechnical Commission Committees for Canada until Dec. 1982:
    • a)TC 62/SC 62D on Electromedical Equipment
    • b)TC 27 on Industrial Electroheating Appliances
    • c)TC 61 on Safety of Household Appliances

AIUM: Member of the Biological Effects Committee of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine until 1982.

IOMP: Canadian Delegate to the International Organisation on Medical Physics (up to December, 1982).

HPS: Health Physics Society Delegate to the International Radiation Protection Association Congress. (Paris 1977, Jerusalem 1980).

WHO:

  1. Task Force participant to World Health Organisation meeting on ultrasound (London, U.K. 1976).
  2. Task Force participant to WHO meetings on electric and magnetic fields, and regulations and enforcement procedures for non-ionizing radiations (Freiberg, Germany 1978).
  3. Task Force participant to WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on microwave/RF (Geneva, Switzerland 1978).
  4. Review group chairmanfor WHO meeting on microwave/RF criteria (Washington, D.C. 1979).
  5. Participant in WHO review meeting on microwave/RF health criteria (Geneva, Switzerland 1980).
  6. Task Force participant for WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on lasers and optical radiation health criteria (Paris, France 1982).
  7. Task Force chairman for WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on ultrasound health criteria (Geneva, Switzerland 1982).
  8. Task Force chairman of WHO meeting for Environmental Criteria on ELF electromagnetic fields health criteria (Geneva, Switzerland 1984).
  9. Task Force rapporteur of WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on magnetic fields health criteria (Kiev, USSR 1986).
  10. Invited speaker on "Research and Development" for WHO Congress on Medical Devices Washington D.C. June 1986.
  11. Task Group chairman of WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on Electromagnetic Fields in the range of 300 Hz to 300 GHz, Ottawa, Canada 22—26 October, 1990.
  12. Secretariat for WHO meeting for Environmental Health Criteria on Ultraviolet Radiation, Geneva, Switzerland, 8—11 December 1993.

International School of Radiation Damage and Protection Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily.

  1. lectures given to the School on Biological Effects and Dosimetry of NoN-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiations (March, 1981).
  2. lectures to School on Biological Effects and Dosimetry of Static and ELF Electromagnetic Fields (November, 1983).
  3. Director of School on Applications, Biological Effects and Dosimetry of Ultrasound (September, 1985).
  4. lecture to School on Optical Sources, Lasers & Synchrotron Radiation: Biological Effects and Hazard Potential (May 1989).

Invited by the National Research Council of Italy to give two lectures at the International Meeting "Electric and Magnetic Field Exposure: Exposure Assessment and Possible Health Effects". Rome, Italy 20—21 November, 1990.

Lecturer for the 2nd International Workshop on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Vancouver, Canada, May 1992.

Invited plenary lecturer to 8th International Radiation Protection Association Congress, Montreal, Canada, May 1992. (xii)

Invited lecturer to the International Commission on Occupational Health Congress in Paris, October 1992.

Invited lecturer to CIGRE (International Congress of High Voltage Power Authorities), Paris (21 August—4 September 1992).

Invited lecturer to International NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Electromagnetic Energy, Rome, May 1993.

Invited lecturer to National Congress of the Italian Radiation Protection Society, Como, 7—9 September 1994. (xvi)

Invited lecturer to the 10th International Congress on Radiation Research, Wurzburg, Germany August 27—September 1, 1995.

Invited lecturer to the International Congress on Human Health and Non-Ionizing Radiation, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 6—7 Feb. 1996. (xviii)

Plenary invited lecturer to the 9th International Radiation Protection Association Congress, Vienna, Austria April 1996. (xix)

Lecturer for the 3nd International Workshop on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Baden, Austria, April 1996.


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

1968 — 1969
London University — Maintenance of cultured cell lines in mice, design and construction of apparatus for treating cell suspensions to ultrasound, care and handling of laboratory rodents over their lifetime, intraperitoneal injection of ascites cancer cells in mice, use of conventional laboratory techniques for treating and handling cell suspensions, use of cell electrophoresis, statistical analysis of experimental requirements and results.
Awarded M.Sc.

1973 — 1980
Ottawa University — Human lymphocyte culture techniques, cell concentration and viability methods, preparation and use of radioisotopes, use of mitogens, incorporation and analysis of radioactive precursors in cells, immunofluorescence techniques, autoradiography, fluorescence analysis of unwinding DNA, conventional and fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy preparation and observational techniques, use of sterile techniques in laboratory procedures, statistical analysis of data.
Awarded Ph.D.

1983 — 1991
Royal Adelaide Hospital — Design and participation in development of new clinical techniques using medical lasers, performance of clinical trials for laser tonsillectomy and port wine stain removal, licensed by the IMVS to work with laboratory animals for the development of clinical laser techniques, management and supervision of the clinical laser evaluation and teaching program.

1991 — 1995
Australian Radiation Laboratory (seconded from Royal Adelaide Hospital) — Manager and principal investigator of a large animal study to investigate the carcinogenic influence of exposure to radiofrequency and power frequency fields. Publications for this work are now in press.

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH GRANTS

1988
Research Fund, Royal Adelaide Hospital
— $4000 to investigate the use of sapphire tips with Nd:YAG lasers for tonsillectomy.

1989
South Australian Health Commission
— $250,000 to investigate the clinical efficacy of treatment of port-wine stains and telangiectasias using the copper bromide laser.

1990
Electricity Commission of NSW
— $125,000 to investigate the feasibility of conducting a childhood cancer study in Australia to determine if there is a cause-effect relationship with exposure to 50 Hz magnetic fields.

1991
Electricity Supply Association of Australia
— $80,000 to investigate the feasibility of conducting a large, lifetime animal study in Australia to determine if exposure to 50 Hz magnetic fields is associated with the process of carcinogenesis.

1992
Electricity Supply Association of Australia
— $1,002,000 to conduct a study on El-PIM-1 mice to determine if exposure to 50 Hz magnetic fields is associated with carcinogenesis.

1992
Telecom Research Laboratories
— $200,000 to conduct a study on mice to determine if RF field (900 MHz) exposure is associated with the process of carcinogenesis.


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