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Mastbruch: Project description


For the pilot study we will now follow up the state of health of several hundred persons, children as well as adults, for the period of two years. A first examination is to take place before the just erected base station is switched on. Once it is switched on, further examinations will be carried out in the following 24 months. In detail we plan:

Measurement and recording of the people’s exposition in the concerned area by the ECOLOG Institute in Hannover before and after the base station has been switched on
Measurements will be done at fixed points so that typical constellations can be recorded. After the base station is switched on, measurements will be done in the housing of all persons involved in the study, to find out whether exposure is high or low. In addition, we plan to record in a subgroup also the exposure during stays outside.

Recording the subjective health problems with a questionnaireAll inhabitants of research area will fill in a questionnaire listing 36 different symptoms before the base station is switched on, and again in the following 4 to 6 examinations. The questionnaires will be evaluated by the Institute of Environmental Health at the Medical University of Vienna.

Recording of biological parameters
a) To assess genotoxicity, the micronucleus test will be applied for cells of the buccal mucosa. In each examination cells will be taken from participants with a simple scrape. The test will be carried out by the Institute for Cancer Research and evaluated by the Institute of Environmetal Health, both at Medical University of Vienna.
b) To further assess genotoxicity, the DNA repair foci in human lymphocytes and/or fibroblasts obtained in each examination by either taking blood samples or a biopsy will be determined. With this highly sensitive new method we can record DNA double strand breaks. The tests will be evaluated by the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology at the Stockholm University, further statistical evaluation will be done by the Institute of Environmental Health in Vienna.
c) A measurement of the anti-oxidative capacity in the participant’s serum will be carried out because this capacity might be lowered after a long-term stress exposure that theoretically may exist in the vicinity of base stations. A lower anti-oxidative capacity along with a higher oxidative stress is correlated with health disturbances up to diseases of any kind. The test will be carried out by the Institute for Cancer Research and further statistical evaluation will be done by the Institute of Environmental Health, both in Vienna.
d) For future investigations such as with the RNA micro array, we plan to deposit a blood sample from each participant using the up-to-date biomedical kryo-preservation. Thus, in years to come research will find a valuable sample bank that will allow further investigations with methods today already under development.


The following scientists will take part in the pilot study:
Prof. Dr. med. Franz Adlkofer, Pandora Foundation, Berlin
Dr. Peter Neitzke, ECOLOG-Institut für sozial-oekologische Forschung und Bildung gGmbH, Hannover
Prof. Dr. med. Wilhelm Mosgoeller, Institut für Krebsforschung, Medizinische Universität Wien
Prof. Dr. med. Michael Kundi, Institut für Umwelthygiene, Medizinische Universität Wien
Dr. Igor Belyaev, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University