Elena graduated in 1999 from the University of Trieste and worked for 6 years in the molecular pathology field at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste. She then moved to the materials science sector starting with a researcher position in a polymer formulation laboratory in Trieste in 2004. Elena focused on polymer formulations for coatings and composite materials, managing specific product lines, publicly funded R&D projects and consultancy activities for private companies. Elena was appointed Technical Director and Business Unit Manager for the biobased materials business in companies in Europe and US, coordinating production, marketing, licensing and sales activities. Since September 2013, Elena is Director of Product Application at AEP Polymers.
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A distinction should be made between electromagnetic sensitivity, and symptoms an individual labels as such. Researchers have failed in proving that those claiming sensitivity to electromagnetism can accurately determine the presence of a strong electromagnetic field. Nevertheless, the perceived symptoms are real for the patient, and should be honored as such, or until it can be demonstrated that they are psychosomatic or have some other physical source. Many people who meditate, for example, perceive energy movements in their body and learn to work with these. But a second distinction must be made between those who successfully work with unusual psychological states and these who find them debilitating. For the later, either drugs or meditative practice may or may not be helpful. Overcoming, defusing, or sublimating debilitating mental states is never easy.