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



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Agenda Overview

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

EMGS President: Thomas E. Wilson
Program Chair: 
Robert W. Sobol
New Investigator Co-Chair:
Natalie Gassman

Saturday, September 9, 2017

7:30 AM–9:30 AM
2018 Program Committee First Meeting
Room 306C

9:45 AM–11:45 AM
Council Meeting 1
Room 306B

11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Registration Open
Main Lobby

11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Speaker Ready Room Open
Room 307

12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Workshop 1: Entrepreneurship, Economic Initiatives, and Bioscience Incubators
Room 305A
-12:00 Noon
Natalie Gassman, University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute
Dr. Ken Tindall, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Moving Academic Science to the Market Place - The University Perspective
Dr. Robin Rasor, Executive Director, Office of Licensing and Ventures, Duke University
Brian Eller, JD, Sr Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures, North Carolina State University
Dr. Michael Kline. Outreach and Technology Development, Commercialization and Economic Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Starting a Life Science Company - The Business Perspective
Mark Mirkin, JD, Partner, Rimon PC, RTP, NC
Dr. Andrew Schwab, President, First Flight Venture Center, RTP, NC
Dr. Christy Shaffer, General Partner, Hatteras Venture Partners
Dr. Rusty Kelley, Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Entrepreneur Experience
Russell Thomas, CEO, NIRvana Sciences

12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Workshop 2: Alternative Models for (epi)Genotoxicity Testing
Room 305B
-12:00 Noon
Carol Swartz, ILS, and Joel Meyer, Duke University
-12:10 PM
Stem cells as predictors of exposure-related epigenetic effects.
Cheryl Hobbs, ILS
-12:35 PM
Organoid models for genotoxicity.
Sreeni Ramaiahgari, NIEHS
-1:00 PM
Methods for genotoxicity and epigenetics using Drosophila melanogaster.
Elyse Bolsterstein, Northeastern Illinois University
-1:25 PM
-1:45 PM
Methods for genotoxicity and epigenetics using Caenorhabditis elegans.
Patrick Allard, UCLA
-2:10 PM
Zebrafish as a model for genotoxicity and epigenetics
Sherine Chan, MUSC
-2:35 PM
Ecogenotoxicity: what we can learn from wild populations
Nishad Jayasundara, University of Maine

12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Workshop 3:  Mass Spectrometry in Assessing Chemical Exposures and Human Health (Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific)
Room 306A
-12:00 Noon
Robert J. Turesky, University of Minnesota
-12:10 PM
Non-targeted analysis to assess human exposure to semi-volatile organic contaminants in the indoor environment.
Lee Ferguson, Duke University
-12:55 PM
Measuring the exposome: Universal chemical surveillance by high-resolution mass spectrometry.
Douglas Walker, Emory University
-1:40 PM
-2:00 PM
DNA Adductomics: From 32P-Postlabeling to High Resolution mass spectrometry.
Robert J. Turesky, University of Minnesota
-2:45 PM
Group Discussion

3:15 PM–4:15 PM
EMGS Forum
A Discussion of the Review of NIH Grant Applications on Genomic Integrity and Mutagenesis
Chairperson: Dan Shaughnessy, NIEHS

Panelists: Les Reinlib, Michelle Heacock, Kim McAllister (NIEHS Program), Alfonso Latoni, Leroy Worth (NIEHS Review), Richard Panniers (NIH CSR), Robert Sobol (University of South Alabama ), Bill Kauffman (UNC-CH)
Room 304

4:30 PM–6:30 PM
President’s Welcome Reception
Student and New Investigator Poster Viewing
Duke Energy Center
Meymandi Lobby

6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Keynote Speaker 1
Aneuploidy and Cancer – a Complicated Relationship
Angelika B. Amon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Duke Energy Center
Meymandi Concert Hall