None of the five countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Italy, has complied with the request. The scientists heading up Canada’s portion of Interphone haven’t even responded.
“They don’t want the results to come out. It’s as simple as that,” said Blank.
Three cities are part of the Canadian study: Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, which has consistently maintained that cellphones are not harmful to use and comply with all Canadian safety standards, contributed $1 million to the Ottawa portion through a third-party organization.
However, the association said it isn’t aware of when the
results will be published and doesn’t know the reason for the delay.
“I have no idea why the full Interphone study has not been released,” said spokesperson Marc Choma. “Interphone does not report to us.”
Dr. Daniel Krewski, a professor in the department of epidemiology and community medicine at the University of Ottawa, is heading up the Ottawa study. He did not reply to an interview request, either directly or through his office.
In a May interview, however, Krewski told the Star there was a concern that certain biases in the Interphone results such as study subjects overestimating their long-term cellphone use may be skewing the analysis.
His counterpart in Montreal, Dr. Jack Siemiatycki at the University of Montreal, told the Star in an e-mail exchange last week that the BioInitiative Working Group has no greater or lesser claim to the data than anyone else.
“There are no people in the world who want to see the Interphone results published more than the Interphone collaborators ourselves,” Siemiatycki said.
“It has proven very difficult to achieve an agreed upon manuscript for publication.”