Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

50th Annual Meeting, Washington DC

September 19-23, 2019 - Capital Hilton Washington DC

Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics: The Next Fifty Years

Special Symposium

 Important Dates


3/4/19-Registration is now Open
7/27/19-Early Bird Registration Ends
8/19/19-Advanced Registration Ends


2/22/19-Abstract Submission is now Open
5/15/19-Abstract Submission Deadline
8/29/19-Late Abstracts Deadline

Travel Awards

Travel Award Form Available
5/15/19-Travel Award Deadline

Hotel Information

2/27/19-Reservations Open
8/21/19-Reservation Deadline

Young Scientist Award

EMGS Welcomes You

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.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Special Interest Group Meeting

Special Interest Group Meeting

Applied Genetic Toxicology
Committee Meeting

Membership and Professional Development/Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Keynote Address:

Translational Research to Prevent Environmental Threats to Children’s Developing Brains

Fredereca Columbia University, New York City, NY USA

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early Life Vulnerabilities to Environmental Exposures: From Molecular Mechanisms to Regulatory Efforts

Co-chairs: Nina Holland, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, Andres Cardena, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

10:00-10:10 AM   
Nina Holland, University of California, Berkeley

10:10-10:40 AM   
Chromatin Vulnerabilities of Early Germ Cells
Victor Corces, Emory University

10:40-11:10 AM   
DNA Methylation and Health Outcomes in European Birth Cohorts

Janine Felix, Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands

11:10-11:35 AM  
Prenatal Environmental Exposures, Epigenetics and Child Neurodevelopment

Andres Cardenas, Harvard University

11:35-12:00 PM   
Research and Regulatory Implications of Germline, Fetal, and Early Life Vulnerabilities to Drugs and Chemicals
Jill Escher, Escher Fund for Autism


Weeding out DNA Damage in a Garden of Six Billion Bases: Advances in Understanding Lesion Detection

Co-Chairs: Stephanie L. Smith-Roe, National Toxicology Program/NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, Bennett Van Houten, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institutute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

10:00-10:30 AM
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Novel Role of UV-DDB in Base Excision Repair
Bennett Van Houten, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

10:30-11:00 AM
FeS-Containing DNA Repair Proteins: Chewing their Way through the Genome
Sheila S. David, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

11:00-11:30 AM
Monkey Business: How to Move in the DNA Jungle 
Karolin Luger, Jennie Smoly Caruthers Endowed Chair of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

11:30-11:45 AM
From Abstracts

11:45-12:00 PM
From Abstracts





12:00 - 1:15 PM

Women in EMGS Luncheon

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Oceans and Environmental Health

Chair: Rob Sobol, University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute, Mobile, AL, USA

1:30-2:00 PM
Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health: Using Advanced ‘Omics Techniques and Novel Technologies to Investigate Environmental Drivers of Toxic Cyanobacterial Blooms, Discover Novel Compounds, and Improve Cyanotoxin Monitoring
Timothy Davis, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA

2:00-2:15 PM
Chosen from submitted abstracts

2:15-2:45 PM
Urbanization and Climate Change: A Recipe for Disaster for Ecosystem and Human Health
Geoffrey Scott, Arnold School of Public Health

2:45-3:00 PM
Chosen from submitted abstracts

3:00-3:30 PM
The Greater Caribbean Center for Ciguatera Research – Examining the Impact of Climate Change on Ciguatera and its Toxic Metabolites Through the Food Web and the Mechanisms of Human Cell Genotoxicity
Robert Sobol, University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute, Mobile, AL, USA

Mechanisms of Genomic Instability: from DNA Structure to Human Disease and Aging

Co-Chairs: Phil Hanawalt, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, Bevin Engelward, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

1:30-1:54 PM                     
Duplex Sequencing Mimics Nature’s Approach for Accurate DNA Replication: Extensive 
Subclonal Mutations in Human Cancers
Larry Loeb, University of Washington, Spokane, WA, USA

1:54-2:18 PM
Breaking Bad: Aberrant DNA Repair and Repeat Expansion in Fragile X Syndrome
Karen Usdin,The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, USA

2:18-2:42 PM

Maintenance of Genome Stability
André Nussenzweig, Laboratory of Genome Integrity, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA

2:42-3:06 PM
Oxidative DNA Damage Can Be Mutagenic or Epigenetic
Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

3:06-3:30 PM
How Cells Regulate Mutagenesis and Their Ability to Evolve
Susan Rosenberg, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Low-Dose Mutagenic Responses: Biology, Assumptions and Challenges in Protecting Human Health

Co-Chairs: Catherine Gibbons, US EPA, Washington, DC, USA, David Eastmond, University of California, CA, USA

1:30-2:00 PM
TDose-Response Lessons from Ultra-Low Dose Cancer Studies of the Mutagenic Carcinogens Dibenzo[d,e,f,p] Chrysene and Aflatoxin B1 in Trout
David Williams, Oregon State University

2:00-2:15 PM
Chosen from submitted abstracts

2:15-2:45 PM
Genotoxicity mechanisms driving non-linear dose responses- highlights from a GUM review and a food impurity example
Stefan Pfuhler, Procter and Gamble

2:45-3:00 PM
Chosen from submitted abstracts

3:00-3:30 PM
Linear or non-linear extrapolation: Factors influencing cancer dose response determinations
David Eastmond, University of California, Riverside

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Alexander Hollaender Award Lecture:

Epigenetics in Human Health and Disease

Randy Jirtle, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Flash Talks

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Poster Session 2: Even numbers

7:30 - 10:00 PM

Social Event