Registration is now open for the “1st Southern Genome Maintenance Conference”; Saturday, Oct 20, 2018, and Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Registration is now open for the “1st Southern Genome Maintenance Conference”; Saturday, Oct 20, 2018, and Sunday, October 21, 2018.

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This new conference is planned as the first of what we hope to be a series of small conferences to be held in the Gulf Coast and Southern US region every other year, with the next one planned for 2020. As currently planned, this conference would be held in Mobile, Alabama at the Holiday Inn (Downtown Mobile, historic district) on Saturday, Oct 20, 2018, starting at 11AM, ending on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1PM (Future sites being considered include New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami). 

Registration for the meeting will go through our Office of Continuing Medical Education and those attending the meeting will be offered CME credit. 

Speakers (18) will be chosen from the submitted abstracts (students, fellows, new investigators) for 15-minute talks, with a 5-minute question period for each. 

In addition, all the attendees will have the opportunity to present their research at an evening poster session. This format will provide a unique opportunity for our students and young investigators to interact with accomplished scientists (the Keynotes) as well as offer a rare opportunity for many of them to present their research in oral format and gain input from local, regional and national experts in the field. Awards will be offered for best oral and poster presentation for students and fellows. 

The following Keynote speakers have been invited and have agreed to participate

Session #1: Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics), University of Virginia School of Medicine
Title of seminar: MicroDNAs, ORCs and MCMs: strange tales of genomic stability

Session #2: Jeffrey K. Wickliffe, PhD, MS (Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences), Tulane University
Title of seminar: Diet-induced obesity impacts genomic integrity

Session #3: Trey Ideker, PhD (Department of Medicine and Bioengineering), University of California San Diego.
Title of seminar: Systematic mapping of a hierarchy of DNA repair modules

Special Guest Speaker: Rod Rocconi, MD (Chief, Gynecologic Oncology), University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute
Title of seminar: Insights on health disparities translational research

Overview of why to have a meeting: There are several meetings that focus on DNA repair/genome stability, yet there is a significant gap in the opportunities to present and discuss the following topics together that are the focus of this meeting and future meetings in this series: (1) DNA repair, genome integrity and cancer therapy (2) Environmental influences of genomic integrity and (3) DNA repair, disease and health disparities. 

Each session will start with a Keynote followed by speakers chosen from submitted abstracts: two sessions on Saturday, an evening poster session and a third session on Sunday. 

By combining these related topics, we expect this meeting will provide a unique and robust venue for discussion, presentation of new science and very importantly, to provide a venue for students and fellows (as well as new investigators) to both interact one-on-one with the Keynote speakers but also to present their latest research both orally and as a poster. Therefore, a major goal of this meeting is to foster collaborative research on the cellular processes that affect genomic instability in cancer, upon environmental exposure and as a result of health disparities. Further, a key objective of the meeting is to provide an environment for both early career and senior investigators to communicate their latest results on relevant scientific topics and to enhance the development of the next generation of researchers. 

The three main focus areas of the meeting will be:
DNA Repair/Cancer
Environmental influences/genomic integrity
DNA repair/health disparities.

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