Last updated on: 2/14/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Ronald L. Melnick, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Senior Toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Position:
Con to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“As a senior scientist with the National Toxicology Program [NTP], I was one of 22 experts who participated in that IARC evaluation five years ago. At that time we classified cellphone radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on positive associations that had been observed between cellphone radiation and malignant brain tumors and tumors of Schwann cells that surround the auditory nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain (acoustic neuroma)…

More recent evidence on health effects of cellphone radiation has strengthened the case for concluding that this radiation poses a cancer risk. The U.S. National Toxicology Program recently reported results from a study in which rats and mice were exposed to cellphone RFR for two years at exposure intensities in the range of cellphone emissions and that did not cause measurable increases in body temperature…

The findings of highly malignant and quite rare brain tumors and malignant Schwann cell tumors of the heart in the NTP study present a major public health concern because some of these same types of tumors had been reported in epidemiological studies of adult cellphone users. In addition the NTP reported DNA damage was induced in brain cells of exposed animals.”

“More on How Cellphones Are Linked to Brain Cancer,” jhnewsandguide.com, Sep. 28, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of cell phones. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of cell phones.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Scientific Advisor, Environmental Health Trust
  • Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini
  • Former Senior Toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • Former Director of Special Programs (drinking water disinfection byproducts, cell phone radiation, perfluorinated compounds, and epoxide-forming chemicals), NIEHS
  • Former Agency Representative, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Former Assistant Professor of Life Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of New York
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Physiology-Anatomy, University of California at Berkeley
  • Education:
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • BS, Rutgers University
  • Other:
  • He led the design of the US National Toxicology Program study on the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation
  • Recipient, David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health, American Public Health Association (APHA), 2007
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?