The 41st Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagen Society of India (EMSI) and an International conference was organized by the Manipal School of Life Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education from 27th to 29th January, 2017

January 27, 2017

Over 380 participants from India and overseas, congregated in the Fortune Inn Valley View to share their research findings on the conference theme of “Advances in Cellular, Genomic and Epigenomic Insights on Environmental Mutagenesis and Health”. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Hans Lehrach (Director, MPI for Molecular Genetics, Germany), in the presence of Dr. H Vinod Bhat (Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education), Dr. GB Maru (President, EMSI), Dr. Birajalaxmi Das (Secretary, EMSI) and Dr. K Satyamoorthy (Director, MSLS). Address the audience, Dr. Lehrach noted the future possibility of personalized healthcare that will minimize not only cost of health care but also mortality and morbidity due to adverse drug reactions.

In his presidential address, Dr. Vinod Bhat commented on the importance of the interplay between genes and the environment, and said that this conference would help in filling the gaps in knowledge and lay a foundation for future collaborations.

Scientific sessions covered wide areas of research such as environment and human health, implementation of personalized medicine, environmental risk of cytostatic drugs, skin equivalent models for toxicology study, environmental carcinogens and their molecular mechanisms in causing genetic/epigenetic alterations. Some of the highlights of the conference were the full attendance of participants in all sessions, reflecting on the topics as well as the presenters, and the opportunity offered to student participants to have interaction with the experts.

Over 60 invited talks by experienced as well as young scientists from Australia, Europe, India, Singapore, UK and USA and 100 poster presentations offered plenty of learning experience for the student and scholar delegates of the conference. Two young researchers (Ms. Suma Prabhu of MSLS, Manipal and Mr. Vinay Jain of BARC, Mumbai) were bestowed with the ‘Young Scientist Award’ for the best presentation of research work, while three more youngsters received awards for their poster presentations. The valediction of the conference was held in an informal gathering, wherein top experts shared their conference highlights and feedback, including those from the participants. The next EMSI annual conference is to be held in Mumbai.

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