Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS)

  • Description
  • The EMS Vision

    To pro­mote crit­i­cal sci­en­tific knowl­edge and research into the causes and con­se­quences of dam­age to the genome and epigenome in order to inform and sup­port national and inter­na­tional efforts to ensure a healthy, sus­tain­able envi­ron­ment for future generations.

    Mis­sion of the EMS

    The EMS mis­sion is (1) to fos­ter sci­en­tific research and edu­ca­tion on the causes and mech­a­nis­tic bases of DNA dam­age and repair, muta­ge­n­e­sis, her­i­ta­ble effects, epi­ge­netic alter­ations in genome func­tion, and their rel­e­vance to dis­ease, and (2) to pro­mote the appli­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of this knowl­edge to genetic tox­i­col­ogy test­ing, risk assess­ment, and reg­u­la­tory policy-​making to pro­tect human health and the environment.

    EMS Goals

    Pro­vide a broad sci­en­tific forum for basic and applied researchers, stu­dents and teach­ers to
    • share cur­rent sci­en­tific research and inte­grate knowl­edge on detec­tion and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of DNA dam­age from expo­sure to man-​made or nat­ural tox­ins in the envi­ron­ment, the mol­e­c­u­lar mech­a­nisms of DNA repair processes that respond to such dam­age, and the mech­a­nisms of her­i­ta­ble changes (both muta­genic and epi­ge­netic) that occur when dam­age persists;
    • under­stand how genomic and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors inter­act to deter­mine an individual’s sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to adverse health effects and trans­gen­er­a­tional defects from such exposure;
    • apply this knowl­edge to assess the risks for adverse health con­se­quences and dam­age to the biota from envi­ron­men­tal toxins.
    • Sup­port respon­si­ble social and sci­en­tific poli­cies by inform­ing the pub­lic and by pro­vid­ing rec­om­men­da­tions and guide­lines to national and inter­na­tional agen­cies that reg­u­late genome-​damaging agents to min­i­mize human and envi­ron­men­tal risks.
    • Advance basic and applied genome tox­i­c­ity research by advo­cat­ing for research support.
    • Main­tain a diverse mem­ber­ship that fos­ters and sup­ports sci­en­tific inter­ac­tions among sci­en­tists world­wide across acad­e­mia, gov­ern­ment, and indus­try who are engaged in genome/​epigenome tox­i­c­ity research and its reg­u­la­tory applications.

    Details

    Website emgs-us.org
    Phone +703.438.82.20

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