EMGS Special Interest Groups:
2020 and Beyond
Catherine B. Klein, Carole Yauk, Meagan Myers, Miriam Poirier
The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are hubs of scientific foci in our Society. They are critical for shaping annual meeting programs and provide networking opportunities for discussing critical issues and cutting-edge advances.
The SIGs must accurately reflect the broad scientific diversity of basic, applied, translational and clinical research in our Society. In 2019, a comprehensive review of EMGS SIGs was undertaken to envision restructuring aligned with current and future society initiatives. Council, SIG leaders and members were invited to discuss suggestions. Considerations included:
- sunsetting or combining less attended SIGs
- maintaining SIGs in areas for growing EMGS membership
- adding new SIGs aligned with newly evolving scientific interests
- limiting the number of SIGs reducing competition for time/space, attendance and volunteers
- updating mission statements
- evaluating SIG name changes
Following these considerations, the following changes have been made:
- The Epigenetics SIG has expanded its vision, becoming the Epigenomics SIG.
- The Heritable Mutation and Disease SIG evolved into the Germ Cell and Heritable Effects SIG.
- Opportunities for broader collaborations resulted in merging the Risk Assessment, Molecular Epidemiology and Environmental Genetic Toxicology SIGs. This SIG will now be named Genotoxicity Risk Assessment and Public Health (GRAPH) SIG.
- Transgenic and In Vivo Mutagenesis SIG became the In Vivo Mutagenesis SIG.
- The DNA Repair and Applied Genetic Toxicology SIGs remained unchanged.
- A new SIG, Genomics and Data Sciences (GDS), hosted its inaugural meeting in 2019.
EMGS members are encouraged to remain proactive with SIG and society leaders to keep the newest science at the forefront of the society, suggesting new or evolving SIGs as needed.