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Dr Vitas Anderson

Associate Consultant BSc (Hons), PhD, MPPM

Dr Vitas Anderson is an engineer and biophysicist with extensive experience in the research and management of safe human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), for both low frequency (ELF) powerline fields and radiofrequency (RF) and microwave exposures

He graduated with honours as an engineer from the University of Melbourne, where he also received undergraduate training in the medical sciences. He received his doctorate in biophysics from Swinburne University of Technology where he published the first ever estimates of RF absorption in the head from mobile phone use.

Vitas’s research projects in EMF bioeffects and safety have spanned a wide range of topic areas including experimental and numerical RF and ELF dosimetry, the development of EMF survey techniques, neurophysiological human experiments, in vitro studies, examination of theoretical bioeffect mechanisms, and testing of EMF hypersensitivity.

Vitas has worked in the EMF safety area since 1989 as a corporate researcher, academic and independent consultant and is currently an Honorary Principal Fellow with the University of Wollongong. In the course of his career he has received public research grants from the ARC and NHMRC and has been commissioned to conduct specific EMF safety research projects for several government and industry organisations. He has published extensively in the scientific literature with 27 peer-reviewed papers and numerous technical reports.

Vitas has actively participated in national and international standards committees for RF safety and exposure assessment, including Standards Australia, ARPANSA, the IEEE and IEC. He also serves as an honorary technical assessor for the Australian National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) regarding the accreditation of agencies conducting measured and calculated EMF exposure assessments.

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Dr Donna Cohen

Associate Consultant BSc (Hons), PhD, MPPM

Dr Donna Cohen has over 30 years of experience in scientific research, policy development and implementation, project design and implementation, stakeholder consultation and facilitation.

She obtained her PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) and began her career as a researcher in the biomedical sciences, initially at the Roche Laboratories in the US and subsequently as an ARC QEII Fellow at the ANU.

In 1998, after an exceptional scientific career with publications in Science, Nature and Cell, she changed direction. She completed her masters in public policy and management and coordinated the human ethics committee in the Victorian Department of Health tackling topics such as human stem cells and biotechnology more broadly.

From 2004–2008, Donna was Director of the Strategic Projects Development Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Her team conducted more than fifty projects, including administrative reviews of faculty portfolios, needs analyses, gap analyses, business case development and risk management planning, stakeholder consultations, literature reviews and project management. Through this work, Donna demonstrated a very high capacity for assimilating essential concepts in unfamiliar subject areas, enabling her to design and conduct projects in virtually any field.

In later years, Donna has worked on a broad range of projects, mainly in the health and higher education sectors. She has driven the development of a Victorian framework for Best Practice Clinical Learning Environments (BPCLE), as well as a sophisticated online web tool for organisational self assessment and implementation of the BPCLE framework. More recently Donna assisted in the development of RF safety codes for both the ABC and FreeTV Australia.

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