Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

48th Annual Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina

September 9-13, 2017 - Raleigh Convention Center

Environmental Health Sciences Bridging the Gap between
Exposure, Mechanism and Public Health



The EMGS welcomes members and attendees from across the US and around the world. Our diversity is essential to our success, and as your national professional society, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive forum for the communication of world-class science. The EMGS Diversity and Inclusion committee sends a special welcome to members of the LGBT community.  Please reach out to any member of the EMGS Diversity and Inclusion Committee with your comments or concerns.

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EMGS Special Symposium

September 13-14, 2017, Raleigh Marriot City Center

DNA Repair Mechanisms & Consequences
A Tribute to Philip C. Hanawalt

Opening Keynote:   Aziz Sancar, Nobel Laureate
Keynote Talks:   Wim Vermeulen, Jan Hoeijmakers
Organizers: Priscilla Cooper, Mats Ljungman, Leona Samson, Susan Wallace, Robert W. Sobol

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August 15th is the deadline to submit your poster presentation abstracts.

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Wednesday, September 13

5:30 PM
Welcome / Opening Remarks Rob Sobol (EMGS Vice-President and 2017 Program Chair)
Congressional Ballroom
6:00 PM
Opening Keynote Address: Aziz Sancar – Nobel Laureate UNC Chapel Hill, USA
Congressional Ballroom
DNA Damage and Repair Maps of the Human Genome
6:45 PM
Keynote Address: Wim Vermeulen Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Congressional Ballroom
Transactions at Transcription-Blocking DNA Damage
7:30-8:30 PM
RECEPTION and Poster Session (hearty finger food and drinks)
State ABC

Thursday, September 14


7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
State ABC
8:30 AM
Coordination of Dual Incision and Repair Synthesis in Nucleotide Excision Repair
Orlando Schärer, IBS Center for Genomic Integrity, UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea
Congressional Ballroom
9:00 AM
A Twin-Engine Molecular Machine for DNA Lesion Removal
Wei Yang, NIH / NIDDK, USA
Congressional Ballroom
9:30 AM
Intrinsic Genomic Instability from Naturally Occurring DNA Structures
Karen Vasquez, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX, USA
Congressional Ballroom
10:00 AM
COFFEE BREAK (with posters)
State ABC

Excision Repair Visualized

10:30 AM
Hide and Seek: Visualizing Repair Enzymes Locating DNA Damages in Real Time
Congressional Ballroom
Susan Wallace, University of Vermont, Burlington VT, USA
11:00 AM
Close fitting sleeves: DNA damage search and recognition strategies of DNA repair enzymes.
Ben Van Houten, Hillman Cancer Center, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Congressional Ballroom

Poster Highlights

11:30 AM
Poster Flashes
(all poster presenters; 2 min each)
12:15 PM
LUNCH and Poster Session
State ABC


1:30 PM
A Surprising Journey: From Repair Grains to TC-NER and Unresolved Questions
Leon Mullenders, Leiden Univ. Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Congressional Ballroom
2:00 PM
Collision or Collusion? Transcription-Coupled Repair and Homologous Recombination
Priscilla Cooper, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA, USA
Congressional Ballroom
2:30 PM
Targeted Transcriptional Toxicity
Mats Ljungman, Univ. of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Congressional Ballroom

Excision Repair Defects, Cancer, & Aging

3:00 PM
Nuclear to Mitochondrial DNA Damage Signaling
Vilhelm Bohr, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology, NIH / NIA, Baltimore MD, USA
Congressional Ballroom
3:30 PM
Genetic and Clinical Heterogeneity in Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Congressional Ballroom
Alan Lehmann, Sussex, UK
4:00 PM
COFFEE BREAK (with posters)
State ABC
4:30 PM
DNA Repair and Lupus
Joann Sweasy, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT, USA
Congressional Ballroom
5:00 PM
Tissue-Specific Responses to Alkylation and Inflammation
Leona Samson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA
Congressional Ballroom
5:30 PM
Keynote Address: The Contribution of Phil Hanawalt to Aging Research and Longevity
Jan Hoeijmakers, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Congressional Ballroom
6:15 PM
Reflections on 60 years in science
Philip C. Hanawalt
Congressional Ballroom
7:00 PM
Closing Remarks
7:15 PM
Cocktails, Dinner, and Roast (separately ticketed event)
Rye Restaurant at Marriott


American Association for Cancer Research
Burroughs Welcome Fund
Cell Press
Morningside Foundation
National Cancer Institute
New England BioLabs
Nucleic Acids Research
Stanford Univeristy