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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

6:30 AM
Breakfast for SIGs
Outside SIG Rooms

7:00 AM–6:00 PM
Registration Open
(1:00 PM-1:30 PM Closed for Lunch)
Main Lobby

7:00 AM–6:00 PM
Speaker Ready Room Open
(1:00 PM-1:30 PM Closed for Lunch)
Room 307

7:00 AM-8:15 AM

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings:

Joint meeting: Applied Genetic Toxicology & Risk Assessment
Room 305AB

Applied Genetic Toxicology Leaders: Rosalie K. Elespuru, US Food and Drug Administration, Chair; Carolina Garcia-Canton, British America Tobacco, Co-Chair; and Julie Cox, University of Ottawa, Young Investigator Co-Chair Risk Assessment Leaders: Catherine Gibbons, US EPA, Chair; and Nikolai Chepelev, Health Canada, New Investigator Co-Chair

Heritable Mutation and Disease SIG
Room 306B

Leaders: Lucas Argueso, Co-Chair; Michael D. Waters, Co-Chair; and Marc Beal, Health Canada/Carleton University, New Investigator Co-Chair

Molecular Epidemiology SIG
Room 306A

Leaders: Ainsley Weston, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, Chair; Margaret Pratt, Co-Chair; and Karen Yuen Northcote, University of California, Berkeley, Young Investigator Co-Chair

8:30 AM–9:30 AM
Keynote Speaker 2
Ins and Outs of Base Excision Repair
Samuel H. Wilson, NIEHS
Room Ballroom A

9:30 AM–10:00 AM
Coffee Break
Outside Poster Room

10:00 AM–12:15 PM
Symposium 1:
Molecular Insight during DNA Damage Processing
Room 301AB
Chairpersons: Bennett Van Houten, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Bret David Freudenthal, University of Kansas Medical Center
-10:00 AM
Mechanisms Regulating Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Enzymes in the Cellular Response to DNA Damage
John Pascal, University of Montreal
-10:30 AM
DNA Methylation Pattern at BRCA1 Gene is Disrupted by Environmentally-Induced Oxidative DNA Damage via DNA Base Excision Repair
Yuan Liu, Florida International University
-10:50 AM
Molecular Mechanisms of Double Strand Break Repair
Scott Williams, NIEHS/NIH
-11:20 AM
APE1 Cleavage Mechanisms During DNA Repair
Amy M. Whitaker, University of Kansas Medical Center
-11:40 AM
Watching PARP1 and APE1 Collaborate to Remove Abasic Sites at the Single Molecule Level
Bennett Van Houten, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

10:00 AM–12:15 PM
Symposium 2:
New Approaches and Considerations for Assessing Chemical Safety in a Computational and a High-Throughput in Vitro Toxicology World
Room 303
Chairpersons: Russell Thomas, National Center for Computational Toxicology, US EPA and Warren Casey, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
-10:00 AM
Application of High-Throughput Transcriptomic Approaches for Identifying Chemical Mode-of-Action
Imran Shah, U.S. EPA
-10:30 AM
Retrofitting High-Throughput in vitro Assays for Metabolic Competence
Steve Simmons, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development
-10:50 AM
Development of Organotypic Culture Systems to Link Pathway Perturbations with Phenotypic Responses
Stephen Ferguson, NIH
-11:20 AM
Systematic Approaches to Biological/Chemical Read-Across for Hazard Identification
Grace Patlewicz, U.S. EPA
-11:40 AM
Computational Approaches for Identifying AOPs
Steve Edwards, U.S. EPA

10:00 AM–12:15 PM
Symposium 3:
The Unique Vulnerability of the Germline Epigenome: Towards Evidence of Transgenerational Inheritance? (Sponsored by Escher Fund for Autism)
Room 304
Chairpersons: Caren Weinhouse, Duke University and Patrick Allard, UCLA
-10:00 AM
Chromatin and Transcription Dynamics in Germline Stem Cells and Spermatogenesis
Sue Hammoud, University of Michigan
-10:30 AM
Ancestral and multi-generational consumption of the total Western diet in mice promotes colitis-associated colorectal cancer in third-generation offspring.
Sumira Phatak, Utah State University 
-10:50 AM
Altered Chromatin Structure and Transcription Underlies the Meiotic Arrest Seen in BRG1 Deficient Spermatocytes
Debashish Menon, UNC Chapel Hill
-11:20 AM
Characterizing the impact of maternal vitamin D deficiency on epigenetic programming in the male germline
Folami Y. Ideraabdullah, UNC Chapel Hill
-11:40 AM
Environment and Gametic Epigenetic Reprogramming
Susan Murphy, Duke University Medical Center

10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Poster Hall Open
Room 302ABC

12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Lunch on Your Own

12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Student and New Investigator Luncheon
Dara Wilson-Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sponsored by the Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society of North Carolina (GEMS)
Room 306A

12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Editorial Board Meeting
Room 306C

1:45 PM–4:00 PM
Symposium 4:
Linking DNA Adducts with Mutational Signatures
Room 301AB
Chairperson: Arthur P. Grollman, Stony Brook University
-1:45 PM
Emerging Mass Spectrometric-based Technologies Designed to Measure DNA Adducts of Carcinogens in Humans
Robert Turesky, University of Minnesota
-2:15 PM
Genome-Wide Imprints of Human Carcinogens: Experimental Modeling in Support of Molecular Cancer Epidemiology
Jiri Zavadil, International Agency for Research on Cancer
-2:35 PM
Mutational Signatures as Records of Carcinogen Exposure: Assigning Roles in Cancer Etiology
Thomas Allen Rosenquist, Stony Brook University
-3:05 PM
Translesion DNA Synthesis, A Key Factor In Determining Mutational Signatures In Human Cancer
Masaaki Moriya, Stony Brook University
-3:25 PM
Translesional Synthesis of Alkylated DNA Lesions in Cells
Yinsheng Wang, University of California at Riverside

1:45 PM–4:00 PM
Symposium 5:
Novel Genomic Editing: CRISPR-Cas9 Application in Toxicology and Mechanistic Discovery
Room 303
Chairpersons: Luoping Zhang, University of California Berkeley and Rodolphe Barrangou, NCSU
-1:45 PM
CRISPR-Cas Systems: from Adaptive Immunity to Genome Editing Revolution
Rodolphe Barrangou, NCSU
-2:15 PM
Functional Toxicogenomics of Exposures to Environmental Toxins by CRISPR
Christopher Vulpe, University of Florida
-2:35 PM
Introducing ToxCRISPR: A New Tool to Screen Toxic Chemicals
Quan Lu, Harvard University
-3:05 PM
Application of Zinc Finger Nuclease Genome-Editing Therapy in Human Disease
Kathleen Meyer, Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.
-3:25 PM
Emerging Application of CRISPR-Cas9 in Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences
Luoping Zhang, University of California Berkeley

1:45 PM–4:00 PM
Symposium 6:
Whole Exome Sequencing in Clinical and Environmental Disease
Room 304
Chairpersons: Kristine L. Witt, NIEHS, NIH and B. Alex Merrick, NIEHS, NIH
-1:45 PM
Exome-seq for CVD Risk Variants
Donald Bowden, Wake Forest School of Medicine
-2:15 PM
A Reporter System for Screening Environmental and Genetic Risk Factors for Non-Recurrent CNV Formation.
Martin Arlt, University of Michigan
-2:35 PM
Genomic Bioinformatics in Disease: Analytical/Visual Methods Development, Experimental Design, and Software Implementation to Distill Useful Information from Epidemiological Studies of Human Health
David Reif, NC State University
-3:05 PM
Frequent Mutational Signature of Aristolochic-acid Derivatives in Hepatocellular Carcinomas in Asia and Taiwan
Steven G. Rozen, Duke-NUS Medical School
-3:25 PM
Tumor Profiling via Next Generation Sequencing to Help Determine Options for Targeted Therapy and Inform Prognosis; Molecular Genetic Pathology
Nirali Patel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4:00 PM–4:30 PM
Flash Talks
Room 301AB

4:30 PM–6:30 PM
Poster Session 1
Room 302ABC