Two new partners have joined Project GOLIAT: the Dankook University College of Medicine (DKU) and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), both from the Republic of Korea.
The DKU group, led by Prof. Mina Ha, will participate in WP2 (Neuropsychological effects of RF-EMF in young people and in workers). The group will perform prospective data collection in their existing birth cohort according to the standardised protocol developed in GOLIAT. This will include the newly developed questionnaire on the use of communications/connected devices and technologies, as well as the assesment of cognitive functions, mental health and sleep. They will participate in all GOLIAT analyses aimed at drawing causal inferences between exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and cognitive functions, mental health and sleep in young people.
Under the leadership of Ae-Kyoung Lee and Hyung-Do Choi, ETRI will participate in WP1 (RF-EMF exposure patterns and levels in young people and workers). They will conduct two spatial monitoring of RF-EMF exposure in the Republic of Korea to assess changes in RF-EMF exposure over time in the context of the with the deployment of new technologies, including 5G. This monitoring will include activity-based microenvironmental surveys and uplink measurements, according to the standardised protocol developed in GOLIAT. These data will also be used used for the numerical assessment of in-body absorption and the development of an expert and development of an expert and public RF-EMF dose model.
Both partners will also participate in the work packages on communication, dissemination and policy (WP8), ethical, legal and societal issues (WP9) and project coordination and management (WP10).
“The inclusion of these two new associate partners provides us with a unique opportunity to further extend the work of GOLIAT to Asia, ensuring a more comprehensive understanding of how our population is exposed to RF-EMF, including 5G, and the potential neuropsychological effects of this evolving exposure,” said Mònica Guxens, coordinator of GOLIAT.
With these two new additions, the GOLIAT consortium now has a total of 25 member institutions. The project, which is now in the second half of its second of five years, is open to the collaboration of new potential partners.