13th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens

Maintaining Genomic Health in a Changing World

53rd Annual Meeting of the EMGS

August 27 - September 1, 2022 - Ottawa Canada



ICEM 2022 Sponsors

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Diamond Level: 
NIEHS R13 Grant
TwinStrand Biosciences

Platinum Level:
Escher Fund for Autism 

Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
Proctor & Gamble, Co. 
Health Canada 
University of Ottawa 
Carleton University

Gold Level:
Bristol Myers Squibb

Silver Level:
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society
Gilead Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Bronze Level:
Lhasa Limited

Moltox, Molecular Toxicology, Inc. 
Litron Laboratories


Johnson & Johnson
University of Michigan

European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

Japanese Environmental Mutagen and Genome Society
Journal of Biochemistry
Pfizer Inc.
Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Journal 
Bill Kaufmann
Genetic Toxicology Association
Society of Toxicology

Keynote Speakers

The 13th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ICEM) has been rescheduled to 2022. Below is a list of confirmed keynote speakers (and topics), which will be held at the Westin Hotel and Conference Centre in Ottawa, August 27-September 1, 2022.

The ICEM will be opened by local government officials, with opening remarks provided by Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to the Governmental of Canada.  


Opening Ceremony | Our Changing World: Keeping Precision Environmental Health at the Forefront
Rick Woychik
, PhD, Director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Sponsored by: TwinStrand Logo 2022


8:15 to 9:05AM | Complex structural variation in a complete human genome
Evan Eichler
, PhD, Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

9:10 to 10AMUnraveling Mutagenic Translesion DNA Synthesis: A Personal Journey from the Ames Test to Cancer Chemotherapy
Graham Walker, PhD,
 American Cancer Society Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, member of US National Academy of Sciences: recent advances in understanding of DNA repair processes

1:30 to 2:30PM | Household energy and health: what's come and what's to come
Ajay Pillarisetti, MPH, PhD, 
Assistant Professor, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Rollins SPH, Emory University


8:15 to 9:05AM | Base Excision Repair at the Crossroads of Mutagenesis and Gene Expression during Oxidative Stress
Cynthia Burrows, PhD,
Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry, University of Utah: Base damage across the genome

9:10 to 10AM | Genomics and the Future of Medicine
Mayana Zatz, PhD, Director of the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center, University of São Paulo: genetic basis of human neuromuscular diseases

1:30 to 2:30PM | How scientific data can meet evidence needs in chemicals policy and regulation
Maurice Whelan, PhD,
 Head of the Chemical Safety and Alternative Methods Unit, European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC): meeting evidence needs in chemicals policy and regulation

3:00 to 4PM Understanding the molecular basis for all rare genetic diseases
Local Spotlight:
Kym Boycott, MD, PhD, Senior Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Chair of the International Rare Disease Research Consortium: molecular basis of rare heritable diseases


8:15 to 9:05AMNew horizons of DNA adductome for exploring environmental causes of cancer
Yukari Totsuka, PhD, Professor, National Cancer Center Research Institute/ Nihon University, School of Pharmacy, 
New horizons of DNA adductome for exploring environmental causes of cancer.

9:10 to 10AMStatus after two decades of nanosafety research: toxicology of inhaled nanoparticles and regulatory needs
Ulla Vogel, PhD,
Senior Research Professor, Danish National Center for the Working Environment: human health safety assessments and regulation of manufactured nanomaterials

1:30 to 2:30PM | Surveying somatic mutations for evidence of environmental exposure.
Sir Michael Stratton, PhD,
Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute: human genomics and cancer mutational signatures


8:15 to 9:05AM | Novel mechanisms of genetic instability in cancer
EMGS Award Winner, Dr. Karen M. Vasquez, University of Texas at Austin

9:10 to 10AM | Alexander Hollaender Lecture: Defining Genotoxic Mechanisms of Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products
Hollaender Award Winner, Dr. Michael J. Plewa, University of Illinois

10:30AM to 11:15AM | Young Investigator Award


8:15 to 9:05AMStem Cell-Based Approaches for Studying Germline Environmental Exposure
Amander Clark, PhD,
Chair of the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles: germ cell development, epigenetic programming, novel models

9:10 to 10AM | Adebowale Adeyemo, MD, Deputy Director, US Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health US NIH: genomic determinants of health and environmental interactions