The Catholic University of America

Sept. 23, 2008

Catholic University Scientist Available to Discuss Risks of Cell Phone Use

Veteran Catholic University scientist Miguel Penafiel, who has been involved in longtime studies of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure, is available to discuss the potential health risks of cell phone use for adults and young children. On Thursday, Sept. 25, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, chair of the domestic policy subcommittee, will oversee a Congressional hearing titled "Tumors and Cell Phone Use: What the Science Says."

RESEARCH AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY - From 1986 to 2001, Penafiel conducted research at Catholic University with the late scientist and inventor Theodore Litovitz and others on the potential health risks of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Studies conducted by the CUA scientists suggest a link between exposures to EMFs, which are emitted by cell phones, and certain biological effects in cells that may be associated with the development of particular cancers.

  • A member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society since 1993, Penafiel has published articles in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, the International Journal of Radiation Biology and Bioelectromagnetics among others. A paper by Penafiel titled "The Use of Electromagnetic Noise as a Universal Inhibition Factor for the Mitigation of Biological Effects from Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields" was published in the proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, held in Greece in 2006.

  • Penafiel also serves as chief science officer for Exradia Inc., a technology company established in 1991 with offices in London and New York that makes a device based on research done by the Catholic University scientists. Inserted into a cell phone, the device generates an extremely low-frequency noise field that neutralizes the potentially harmful biological effects that can occur due to exposure to the electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones. For more information about Exradia, visit

  • Penafiel, quality assurance administrator for Catholic University's Vitreous State Laboratory, holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering, master's degrees in biomedical and electrical engineering, and a doctorate in electrical engineering, all from The Catholic University of America.

MEDIA: To arrange an interview with Miguel Penafiel, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in Catholic University's Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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