Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

49th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas

September 22-26, 2018 - Hyatt Regency San Antonio

Maintaining Genomic Integrity in the Face of Environmental Insult



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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Important Dates

June 17: Abstract Submission Deadline

July 1: Early Bird Registration Ends

August 30: Hotel Reservation Deadline

2018 EMGS Annual Meeting

Maintaining Genomic Integrity in the Face of Environmental Insult

Sunday, September 23, 2018

7:00- 8:15 AM

SIG Meeting

New Technologies

Regency East 2
SIG Meeting

Heritable Mutation & Disease

Regency East 1
Committee Meeting


8:30- 9:30 AM
Keynote 2

Signatures of Mutational Processes in Human Cancers
Ludmil Alexandrov University of California San Diego

Regency West 1/3

10:00- 12:00 PM

Symposium 1: Early Life Exposure to Lead and Adverse Health Effects in Children
Chair: Catherine Klein, Co-Chair: John Pierce Wise

10:00 - 10:30
Why Children are not Little Adults
Ruth Etzel, Office of Children's Health Protection, US EPA

10:30 - 11:00
A Century of Understanding and Preventing Childhood Lead Exposure

Michael Weitzman, NYU School of Medicine

11:00 - 11:30
Early Life Exposures to Lead: Effects on Fetal Growth, Neurodevelopment and the Epigenome
Robert Wright, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

11:30 - 12:00
Discussion Panel
Marc Edwards, Michael Weitzman, Robert Wright and Ruth Etzel

Regency West 5
Symposium 2: Chromosome Positioning: How the Nuclear Neighborhood Impacts DNA Repair and Gene Expression
Chair: Mats Ljungman, Co-Chair: Stephanie L. Smith-Roe

A 3D Code in the Human Genome

Erez Liberman Aiden, Baylor College of Medicine

Chromatin and DNA Repair
Gaelle Legube, Centre de Biologie Integrative

Histone Methylation and the DNA Damage Response
Kyle M. Miller, University of Texas at Austin

Regency West 6
Platform Session 1


Regency West 4
12:00- 1:30 PM

Student and New Investigator Luncheon

Regency East 1

1:30- 3:30 PM

Symposium 3: Cancer: Bad Luck? Bad Environment? Bad Mutations? Or Something Else?
Chair: Rosalie K. Elespuru, Co-Chair: David M. DeMarini

1:30 - 2:00
The Tissue Organization Field Theory of Carcinogenesis:  A Testable Replacement for the Somatic Mutation Theory
Ana Soto, Tufts University

2:00 - 2:25
Cancer: Bad Luck or Bad Environment?
Wei Zhu, Stony Brook University

2:25 - 2:45
Why the Clonal Theory of Tumor Development is Wrong

Barbara Parsons, National Center for Toxicological Research

2:45 - 3:10
Epigenetics and Cancer
Cheryl Walker, Baylor College of Medicine

3:10 - 3:30
The Halifax Project:  The Role of Low Concentrations of Commonly

LeRoy Lowe, Getting to Know Cancer

Regency West 5
Platform Session 2


Regency West 5
Platform Session 3


Regency West 6
3:45- 4:45 PM
Flash Talks



4:45- 6:45 PM
Poster Session 1


Regency Center 1/3 and Foyer