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Electromagnetic Fields and Nervous System: Physiology of the Interaction, Harms and Benefits for Human Health

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The exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) either of natural or man-made origin is increasingly common in our society, and concerns about their possible effects on human health are still widely debated. EM radiation spans an enormous range of wavelengths and frequencies, from extremely low frequency to radio frequency and microwave radiations.

Depending on the dose and timing, EMF may display beneficial or harmful biological effects. The potential neuroprotective effects of EMF have been shown with the pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, that is used in several medical applications and for instance in transcranial stimulation. On the other hand, recent and independent studies highlighted genotoxicity and DNA damages, among the EMF effects. However, we are far from understanding the impact of the EMF on our body.

Indeed, several in vitro and animal-based experimental studies have been conducted in the past, to shed a light on the effects of EMF on the nervous system, and more investigations are needed to clearly assess the effects EMF has on neurophysiology and neuropathology. This Research Topic aims at better elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of EMF (extremely low frequency, radio frequency, microwave etc.) on neurons and non-neuronal cells, related tissues and organs and their impact on human health. This topic is also opened to new evidence on the EMF potential impact on animal welfare, behavior and cognition.

For this Research Topic, we are interested in Original Research articles, Review articles, Mini Review articles and Brief Research Report articles that bring a new insight on the effects of EMF, focusing on the following topics (but not limited to these):

· Biochemical, molecular, metabolic, functional and cellular in vitro, in vivo and ex-vivo studies
. Glial cells and EMF (e.g. Schwann cells)
. Integrative omics studies related to neurological disorders and EMF
. New genes associated with neuronal effects of EMF
· Biological and biophysical determinants of cellular response to electromagnetic waves

We hope that researchers from different areas, not just neuroscience and biology but also biochemistry, biotechnology, bio-engineering, biophysics, etc., will be represented in this Research Topic.


Keywords: Neuropathology, Neurophysiology, Brain, Radio frequency, Microwave radiations, EMF


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) either of natural or man-made origin is increasingly common in our society, and concerns about their possible effects on human health are still widely debated. EM radiation spans an enormous range of wavelengths and frequencies, from extremely low frequency to radio frequency and microwave radiations.

Depending on the dose and timing, EMF may display beneficial or harmful biological effects. The potential neuroprotective effects of EMF have been shown with the pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, that is used in several medical applications and for instance in transcranial stimulation. On the other hand, recent and independent studies highlighted genotoxicity and DNA damages, among the EMF effects. However, we are far from understanding the impact of the EMF on our body.

Indeed, several in vitro and animal-based experimental studies have been conducted in the past, to shed a light on the effects of EMF on the nervous system, and more investigations are needed to clearly assess the effects EMF has on neurophysiology and neuropathology. This Research Topic aims at better elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of EMF (extremely low frequency, radio frequency, microwave etc.) on neurons and non-neuronal cells, related tissues and organs and their impact on human health. This topic is also opened to new evidence on the EMF potential impact on animal welfare, behavior and cognition.

For this Research Topic, we are interested in Original Research articles, Review articles, Mini Review articles and Brief Research Report articles that bring a new insight on the effects of EMF, focusing on the following topics (but not limited to these):

· Biochemical, molecular, metabolic, functional and cellular in vitro, in vivo and ex-vivo studies
. Glial cells and EMF (e.g. Schwann cells)
. Integrative omics studies related to neurological disorders and EMF
. New genes associated with neuronal effects of EMF
· Biological and biophysical determinants of cellular response to electromagnetic waves

We hope that researchers from different areas, not just neuroscience and biology but also biochemistry, biotechnology, bio-engineering, biophysics, etc., will be represented in this Research Topic.


Keywords: Neuropathology, Neurophysiology, Brain, Radio frequency, Microwave radiations, EMF


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 March 2021 Abstract
15 September 2021 Manuscript

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31 March 2021 Abstract
15 September 2021 Manuscript

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