About us

 

The founders of the UTIC:

 

Daniel Goulet, PhD 1

Michel Plante, MD 1 

Geneviève Ostiguy, MD 1 

Jacques Lambrozo, MD 2 

Martine Souques, MD 2 

François Deschamps,  P. Eng.3 

Ximena Vergara, PhD, MPH 4 


 

1Hydro-Québec, Montréal (QC) Canada 

2Service des études médicales, EDF, Paris, France 

3Service Environnement Réseaux, RTE, Paris, France

4Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI, Palo Alto, USA 


 

 

Geneviève Ostiguy, MD:

Dr Geneviève Ostiguy graduated from Université de Montréal in Family Medicine in 2001. She holds a Medical Council of Canada License (LMCC) and has been awarded a FCFP (fellowship) by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2012. She is very versatile and her practice ranges from general care to occupational and public health. Since she also works part time in travel health since 2003, she obtained a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) in 2007.

It is very important for her to contribute to training new generations of physicians and she is very active in educating students, externs and residents, along with future front line nurse practitioners from Université de Montréal.

Since 2006, Dr Ostiguy works as a physician and medical advisor in the Health and Safety Division of Hydro-Québec - a large utility in the province of Quebec, Canada. Along with her colleague Dr Michel Plante, she is implicated in occupational issues for workers as well as in diversified fields regarding the health of the public (EMFs, radiofrequencies, Smart Meters, cardiac implants thresholds, artificial light, etc.).

In the research field, she currently is the Secretary of the UTIC (Utility Threshold Initiative Consortium), a consortium associating utilities members or members from groups of utilities or their research institutes in a joint scientific research project – in order to define the thresholds for physiological responses (namely magnetophosphenes). She is also responsible for research projects that concern electrical and RF interferences with pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs).

In 2011, she established two innovative research projects regarding this topic, in collaboration with cardiologists, biomedical engineers and colleagues. Their article entitled “Smart Meters and Routers Disturbances Study with Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators” is already available in Pubmed and is about to be published in Pace (Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology).


 

 

Martine Souques, MD:

Dr. Martine SOUQUES graduated from the Faculty of Medicine Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, in the specialty “Public Health and Community Medicine”. She graduated from the Education Centre for Applied Statistics in Medicine (CESAM), option Epidemiology, in 1989. 
Since 1991 she is in charge of managing the project "50 Hz Electric and Magnetic Fields and health" within the EDF Department of Medical Study, whose mission is to assess the possible health consequences of the group's activities on the environment. She is a member of many scientific societies, including BEMS (Bioelectromagnetics Society), EBEA (European Bioelectromagnetics Association), SFRP (French Society for Radiation Protection) Non-Ionizing Radiation section, SFSP (French Society of Public Health), SFSE (French Society of Environmental Health) and CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems). 

She is the co-author of the book “Electromagnetic fields, Environment and Health” (Springer-Verlag Ed. 2012). 
Dr Martine SOUQUES also participated for 17 years in research of individual risk factors for cancer in the Service of Prevention and Detection of Tumors of the City of Paris she has been acting from 2004 to 2007, as well as 'the work of the Association PETRI (Prevention and cancer epidemiology in the region Ile de France), mainly on melanoma incidence and survival of patients with cancer in this region.