EMGS 2020: Monday events include EMGS Award, start of Platform Sessions

The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting continues Monday, September 14, with another full schedule. 

At 11 AM CDT, EMGS presents the second of the meeting’s Keynote Speakers, Dr. Kári Stefánsson, M.D., of deCODE Genetics, Iceland. Dr. Stefánsson will present “The Generation of New Diversity in the Sequence of the Human Genome.”  

Monday’s other highlights include three scheduled Symposiaall of which are morning sessions scheduled from 8 AM to 10 AM CDT. The afternoon brings the start of the meeting’s planned Platform Sessions, scheduled from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM CDT. (See the online Program for an overview and schedule.)  

Curtis Harris, MD, head of the Molecular Genetics and Carcinogenesis Section and chief of the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the Center for Cancer Research of the National Cancer Institute, will receive the 2020 EMGS Award at 4 PM CDT. The EMGS award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the areas of environmental mutagenesis and genomics. Dr. Harris’ selection as the 2020 EMGS Award winner recognizes his significant body of work on the molecular epidemiology of human cancers. Dr. Harris will present his award lecture, “Precision Medicine of Cancer: Environment, Molecular Epidemiology and p53,” as part of the presentation. 

Two of the society’s Special Interest Groups – Genomics and Data Sciences and Getoxicity Risk Assessment and Public Health (GRAPH)  – will gather in individual sessions planned from 7 PM to 8:30 PM CDT. (Downloadable agendas for each SIG meeting can be found on the Program page of the EMGS website.) The new Genomics and Data Sciences Special Interest Group, led by Tom Wilson (chair), Chris Faulk (co-chair) and Tess Leuthner (Student New-Investigator Co-Chair), welcomes all attendees to its Monday meeting, especially young scientists and anyone new to EMGS. The GDS centralizes our interests in applying the most advanced genomic technologies and bionformatic approaches to practical problems in environmental genetics. We are home to an expanding membership that includes our historical base plus data scientists, evolutionary biologists and more. Please join us Monday to make those goals a reality. 

KEEP IN TOUCH! Use the hashtag #EMGS2020 to find or share content related to the meeting on social media, and check out the EMGS channels  on Twitter.com/EMGSUS  or  Facebook.  

For questions, please contact the EMGS business office at emgshq@emgs-us.org or call  904-289-3410.

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