Joint meeting of the UKEMS/ BEMS/ DEMS in Leuven; 25-28 June 2017
The Belgium and Dutch EMS will be joined by the UKEMS in the old town of Leuven, near Brussels in Belgium. This joint meeting will be held on 25-28 June at the Park Inn Hotel, a short walk from Leuven central train station. This is the first time that the UKEMS will be holding their meeting outside the UK and therefore, we anticipate a healthy turnout with good opportunity to mix with an international audience of delegates, speakers and sponsors. Book now via the conference website here: http://www.nebeukems.org/
The meeting will cover all aspects in relation to DNA damage and mutations caused by environmental agents and will focus on new technologies and innovative modalities. You can find the programme at the same weblink. Please note that there is a limit on the number of participants, so please register as soon as possible.
Social events will include a planned barbecue at a local brewery and the conference dinner at the impressive De Hoorn Cafe (this is the former Stella Artois building, so no prizes for guessing our social theme!). We look forward to welcoming you to Leuven for an enjoyable and successful conference showcasing the best in mutagen research in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond.
SYMPOSIUM: BIG DATA IN TOXICOLOGY
Our next activity will be a symposium on Big Data and its impact in toxicology. The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Belgian Environmental Mutagen Society (BEMS) and will take place on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam.
We hope to see you there!
Board of the section:
Genetic Toxicology is alive!
Genetic damage, mutations and genomic instability are an essential part of toxicology. Genotoxicity is inextricably linked to development of cancer and many genetic disorders. In addition, genotoxicity is one of the main reasons why new compounds fail during the development of new drugs and medicines.
The broad interest in genetic toxicology was shown last year by awarding the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to the discoverers of various cellular mechanisms that protect against DNA damage.
Given the importance of genetic toxicology and the successful research that is being done within the Netherlands, the section Genetic Toxicology already exist for several years within the Dutch Society of Toxicology. Unfortunately, in recent years this section was less active, but now the new board will bring the importance of genetic toxicology again to everyones attention and will organize interesting activities for all NVT members.
If you are interested in genetic toxicology, then join this section. You can register at the NVT website. Even if you have ideas for interesting activities please let us know.
Dr. Giel Hendriks, Toxys
Dr. Jan van Benthem, RIVM
Dr. Miriam Luijten, RIVM
Dr. Frederique van den Akker, Triskelion
Dr. Roger Godschalk, Maastricht University
The objectives of the Genetic Toxicology section are:
• Informing the members about genetic toxicology research in a broad sense, especially regarding news and relevant research developments.
• promoting contacts between researchers in the area of genetic toxicology.
At least one time per year the section holds a scientific conference with varying themes. During these meetings a topic of genetic toxicology from different sides is illuminated. The aim is to target a balance between the contributions from the various institutions where genetic toxicologists are active (university, government, industry, research institutions). In addition, small informal workshops will be organized annually to discuss practical example problems (suggestions can be sent to the board).
In addition, the section maintains contact with other (foreign) scientific associations in the field of genetic toxicology and related fields. The annual scientific sessions will also be organized regularly in cooperation with the other associations.
Working area of Genetic Toxicology Section
Genetic toxicology focusses on the effects of exposure to chemical and physical agents on DNA, the genetic material of humans and animals, as well as the mechanisms that may explain the occurrence of these effects. Significant adverse effects that may occur by these effects on DNA are tumor formation and genetic disorders through mutations in - respectively - body cells and germ cells.