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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00- 8:15 AM

Committee Meeting

Endowment Board

Committee Meeting

Diversity and Inclusion

Committee Meeting

Publication Policy

8:30- 9:30 AM
Keynote 5

How a Carcinogen Works: Skin Cancer from the Ground-State Up
Douglas Brash Yale University

Regency West 1/3

10:00- 12:00 PM

Symposium 12: Mechanisms of UV-Mutagenesis: Where the Rubber Meets the Road During Environmental Carcinogenesis
Chair: William Kaufmann, Co-Chair: Shobhan Gaddameedhi

Regulation of the UV DNA damage response in aged versus young skin.
Michael Kemp, Wright State University

Pathological activation of translesion DNA synthesis during carcinogenesis.
Cyrus Vaziri, U of North Carolina

Clastogenic consequences of replication stalling.
William Kaufmann, Asystbio Laboratories LLC

Regency West 5
Symposium 13: Quantitative Analysis of Genetic Toxicity Dose-Response Data for Risk Assessment and Regulatory Decision-Making
Chair: Paul White, Co-Chair: Andreas Zeller

Genetic toxicity as a bone fide toxicological endpoint for regulatory evaluations and decision making.
Bob Heflich, NCTR, USFDA

Quantitative dose-response analysis for potency ranking and read across of genotoxic substances
Paul White, Health Canada

Critical effect sizes for genetic toxicity endpoints. How do we determine how much is too much?
Andreas Zeller, Roche, Basel

Human health risk assessment of genotoxic carcinogens - using genetic toxicity data versus using carcinogenicity data
Nikolai Chepelev, Health Canada

Regency West 6
Platform Session 8


Regency West 4
12:00- 1:30 PM
Committee Meeting

Finance and Fundraising

Pecos Room
Committee Meeting

Hollaender Outreach

Committee Meeting

SIG Chairs


1:30- 3:30 PM

Symposium 14: Controversies and Challenges in Risk Assessment: Examples of Regulatory Decision Making
Chair: Rosalie Elespuru, Co-Chair: Catherine Gibbons

Regulatory approaches in Europe: what is important, and what might change in the future viewed from a “clean sheet”
Jan van Benthem

Safety assessment in Japan:  from industrial chemicals to food additives, pesticides, plastics, toxins, water contaminants, and drugs
Masamitsu Honma

Evolution of regulatory concern for Acrylamide, a germ cell mutagen and environmental carcinogen: from electrophoresis reagent to coffee and french fries
Kerry Dearfield

Regulatory decision-making: a diverse view of products reviewed at the FDA: from eCigarettes to heart valves, cancer drugs, dietary supplements, genetic tests, and more
Rosalie K. Elespuru

Regency West 6
Symposium 15: Non-Clinical Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing for Mutation Detection and Cancer Risk Assessment
Chair: Mark Fielden, Co-Chair: Lizzie Ngo

Detection of Rare and Subclonal Mutations by Next-Generation Sequencing
Jesse Salk, TwinStrand Biosciences Inc.

Assessing Cancer Driver Mutations as Biomarkers of Cancer Risk by Error-Corrected NGS
Barbara Parsons, National Center for Toxicological Research

Linking mutational spectra of chemical carcinogens to the mutational patterns seen in human tumors
John Essigmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Regency West 5
3:30- 5:30 PM
Program Committee Meeting

Pecan Room