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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 61  |  Page : 273
Editorial: Research on biological effects of noise: 2008-2011

1 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Griffith School of Environment, Nathan Campus, Nathan, Griffith University, QLD 4111, Australia

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Basner M, Brown L. Editorial: Research on biological effects of noise: 2008-2011. Noise Health 2012;14:273

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Basner M, Brown L. Editorial: Research on biological effects of noise: 2008-2011. Noise Health [serial online] 2012 [cited 2014 Jul 23];14:273. Available from: http://www.noiseandhealth.org/text.asp?2012/14/61/273/104892
The mandate of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) is to promote a high level of scientific research concerning all aspects of noise-induced effects on human beings and animals. ICBEN encourages cooperation and communication among research scientists, governmental agencies, and other parties concerned with noise and noise effects, and stimulates the exchange and dissemination of information about the biological effects of noise. It achieves this primarily through its congresses, now held every 3 years, and the congress proceedings published online at www.ICBEN.org. The 10 th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem was held in London in 2011.

ICBEN organizes its work around nine teams covering noise-induced hearing loss, noise and communication, nonauditory physiological effects of noise on health, influence of noise on performance and behavior, effects of noise on sleep, community responses to sound, noise and animals, interactions of noise with other agents and contextual factors, and noise policy and economics.

This issue of Noise and Health includes a series of brief review articles that summarize relevant findings, publications, developments, and policies for each of the teams for the period 2008-2011. Each manuscript also points to open questions and how they should be addressed in the future. We believe that these papers will be very valuable for both the scientific and nonscientific (e.g., policy and regulators) communities, as they provide these entities with a high-quality, brief, and easily accessible overview of recent developments for the research field of each team. The authors of the manuscripts are members of ICBEN's noise teams and are respected for their work in the specific research fields.

ICBEN intends to continue publishing these brief reviews, the second one after ICBEN's next conference to be held from June 1 to 5, 2014, in Nara, Japan, then covering the period 2012-2014.

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Mathias Basner
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 1013 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 6021
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DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.104892

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