Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society
Virtual Annual Meeting
September 12-16, 2020

Environmental Genomics:
Mechanisms & Approaches
For Genomic Integrity

Message to Members

Conference Overview

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The EMGS Annual Meeting uniquely brings together leading scientists from academia, industry, and government to discuss cutting-edge research aimed at understanding and mitigating environmental threats to the genome and to the epigenome. Environmental exposures pose a complex and constantly evolving threat to genomic integrity, putting our children and ourselves at increased risk of disease.

Our dynamic and interactive meetings are designed to promote the Society’s mission to foster scientific research, education, and collaboration with a focus on issues pertinent to genomic stability. Emphasis areas include DNA damage, DNA repair, mutagenesis, heritable effects, and epigenetic alterations in genome function.

Additionally, the EMGS aims to promote the application and communication of knowledge relevant to genetic toxicology testing, risk assessment, and regulatory policy-making to protect human health and the environment.

For decades, the EMGS Annual Meeting has been creating opportunities for new investigators to join a welcoming community of scientists working in research institutions, regulatory agencies, and industry, all with a shared commitment toward public health. The Society puts a major focus on supporting the next generation of scientists through both formal and informal activities throughout the meeting

Program Overview

Environmental toxins and toxicants impact human physiology and biochemistry by altering or modifying DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. Across the spectrum of scientific inquiry, we are challenged with understanding the mechanisms which respond to or modulate these genotoxic effects. Furthermore, the development of tools for analysis, as well as, for evaluation of these biological endpoints are critical for the promotion and protection of human health. By forging a bridge to bring scientists studying exposures, mechanisms, and regulatory sciences, the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) will provide a venue for stimulating cross-disciplinary research and discovery. We will learn how environmental agents impact genomic, proteomic and metabolic signatures, and how we can use this knowledge base to develop informed biomarkers and improved regulatory policies that address human health concerns related to environmental exposures. Join us as we cross this bridge, find common ground in our advances in the study of Environmental Health Sciences, and bring together our efforts on Exposure, Mechanism and its impact on Public Health.

The scientific program consists of symposia, platform and poster sessions, Thursday workshops, and internationally recognized speakers. Throughout there is a focus on the newest findings and technologies in basic and applied environmental science and how they are shaping future endeavors. In addition to the scientific program, the Annual Meeting will convene the seven Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that represent the diversity of the Society and help set the agenda for future EMGS meetings.

The upcoming program represents the full spectrum of interests and expertise of our uniquely multidisciplinary Society. Our 2020 program is posted online and you will find the latest changes and updates there.

Program Highlights

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Award Lectures
EMGS Award Lecture
This award is conferred in recognition of outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis.

Young Scientist Award Lecture 
A top young environmental scientist nominated by EMGS members and selected by public vote.

Alexander Hollaender Award Lecture
Conferred annually in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of Human Health.

EMGS Special Interest Group Meetings
The morning meetings of the Society SIGs are a time-tested favorite of the Annual Meeting. The format provides free-form discussions and short presentations of key challenges and new initiatives. The SIGs provide a casual way for young investigators and seasoned researchers to interact.

Advance registration is encouraged for the SIG meetings.

Student and New Investigator Free Meeting

All students and new investigators are invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee. The virtual luncheon will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 12:00 pm–1:15 pm PDT. In addition to discussing opportunities for involvement in EMGS. This event is only open to student and new investigator registrants. Advance registration is required.

Women in EMGS Meeting

The WEMGS provides a forum for discussions focusing on career development and scientific research areas that affect women in particular, but are also relevant to the general membership of the EMGS. This year’s WEMGS Virtual Luncheon will be held on Monday, September 14, from 12:00 pm–1:15 pm PDT. Separate registration is required for the WEMGS Luncheon.

Business Meeting

The Business Meeting: Plan to attend this virtual meeting to obtain a brief overview of EMGS accomplishments, which will be shared by the EMGS leadership and Editor-in-Chief of EMM. (Committee reports will be available via EMGS Website.)