Here is the full transcript of Dr Devra Davis’s lecture titled “The Truth About Mobile Phone And Wireless Radiation” which was presented at the University of Melbourne on 30 November, 2015.
In her talk, epidemiologist and electromagnetic radiation expert Dr. Devra Davis warns about the potential health and environmental effects of mobile phone and wireless radiation, which she says have not been properly researched. She highlights the increase in cellular devices and wireless transmitting devices and points out that current radiation standards for mobile phones and wireless devices are out of date and do not consider younger and smaller individuals who use them today.
Dr. Davis explains the dangers of mobile phone radiation exposure to pregnant women and children and presents some experimental studies on prenatal exposure to mobile phone radiation, which resulted in fewer cells in the hippocampus, an important part of the brain responsible for memory and balance, and significant damage to the liver of animals.
Iver Mareels: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Iver Mareels. I’m the Dean of Engineering here at the University of Melbourne, and it’s a real pleasure to welcome you here to the last Dean’s Lecture of the year. Today’s lecture is sponsored across the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Engineering because of its topic.
Let me first start with acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which the event is taking place, that is the land of the Wurundjeri people, and we pay respect to their elders, their families, past and present. So thank you for attending tonight and, given the topic, may I just remind everybody that maybe better to switch off your mobile phone whilst we’re in this lecture. You can switch it back on afterwards, that’s right.