Special announcement and update on the 13th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens

We are excited to inform you of the great progress we’re making in putting together the program for the 13th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ICEM), which will be held at the Westin Hotel and Conference Centre in Ottawa, August 28-September 2, 2021. The theme of the meeting is “Maintaining Genomic Health in a Changing World” and we have received more than 75 proposals for symposia from all over the world! We are in the process of prioritizing these to make final selections now.

In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce our outstanding lineup of confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Adebowale Adeyemo, Deputy Director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, NIH: Genomic determinants of health and environmental interactions
  • Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Climate change and emerging public health issues
  • Amander Clark, Chair of the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA: Germ cell development, epigenetic programming, novel models
  • Stephen Scherer, Director, Center for Applied Genomics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto: Genetic variation in the human genome and disease susceptibility
  • Kirk Smith, University of California-Berkeley, co-author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize: Climate change, global air quality and disease
  • Sir Michael Stratton, Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute: Human genomics and cancer mutational signatures
  • Ulla Vogel, Senior Research Professor, National Center for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark: Human health safety assessments and regulation of manufactured nanomaterials
  • Graham Walker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, member of US National Academy of Sciences: Recent advances in understanding of DNA repair processes
  • Maurice Whelan, Director of Systems Toxicology, European Center for Validation of Alternative Methods, European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy: (Geno)toxicity testing in the 21st century; alternatives to animal testing
  • Sunney Xie, Director of the Biomedical Pioneering Innovation Center, Peking University: Single cell genomics and chromatin architecture
  • Mayana Zatz, Director of the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center, University of Sao Paulo: Genetic basis of human neuromuscular diseases

Please mark your calendars and spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you in 2021!!

Best regards,
Carole Yauk, Francesco Marchetti, and Paul White

(your ICEM co-chairs)


About the International Conference on Environmental Mutagens

The ICEM, which is held once every four years, brings together about 1,200 members of all the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Societies from around the world (i.e., North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa). Our symposium selections will address the varied interests of our attendees, which range from mechanisms of DNA damage and repair, to applied genotoxicity assessment for chemical safety evaluation, to basic human genetics and the genetic basis of disease, to carcinogenesis and genomics, to genetic diversity of natural populations, to (molecular) epidemiology and public health.

Additional general information about the meeting is available at https://www.emgs-us.org/page/about-ottawa.


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