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Paul Héroux

Paul Héroux, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Héroux is a scientist with experience in electrical engineering (15 years), and in the health sciences (27 years). He started his research career at Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Québec in Varennes, Québec, an internationally reputed electro-technical research laboratory. After rounding out his formation with courses in Biology and Medicine, he became interested in health problems connected with electromagnetism.

He was appointed Associate Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in the Occupational Health program, of which he is the current director. He was also appointed Medical Scientist in the Department of Surgery of the Royal Victoria Hospital (currently McGill University Health Center), following his work on the pathophysiology of electrical burns.

His major research contributions include the design and construction of a dosimeter to assess exposure of humans to electromagnetic radiation, a definitive study on the pathophysiology of electrical burns, the development of a diagnostic method (Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy) based on the electrical properties of living tissues, and a computerized system based on machine vision for the assessment of the effects of combinations of medical and environmental agents on cultured human cells.

In the specific area of bioelectromagnetics, he documented Karyotype Contraction, the loss of chromosomes by hyperploid cancer cells under metabolic suppression. The same phenomenon of Karyotype Contraction was exhibited by human cancer cells exposed to extra-low-frequency magnetic fields.

This work led to the conclusion that electromagnetic fields act on mitochondria to suppress metabolism by inhibiting the transport of protons and electrons in inter-molecular tunneling, in particular through aqueous pores, and specifically through the input channel of the mitochondrial enzyme ATP Synthase. He has also designed an exposure system to assess the biological impacts of various telecommunications protocols (GSM, TDMA, etc.) on living cells at microwave frequencies.

Dr. Paul Héroux currently teaches Toxicology, Hearing Conservation, and Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation to Occupational Health and Engineering students at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine.