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Upcoming GEMS meeting on cancer prevention and cure

By Eddy Ball

illustration of a doctor holding up a double helix

The Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS), based near NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C., will hold its annual fall meeting Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. The group has posted its agenda (http://gems-nc.org/Office.html)  and is currently accepting registrations, (http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4992689268/)  with discount fees for GEMS members and students.

The theme of the meeting is “Exploiting the DNA Damage Response to Prevent and Cure Cancer.” Along with its three invited speakers, the meeting will feature posters and talks by lab scientists, and student competitions for best posters and best talk.

The featured speakers are distinguished faculty from major biomedical research centers in North Carolina.

  • “Control of DNA Repair and Cancer by the Circadian Clock,” by Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D., (http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/asancar)  of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Medicine
  • “Potentiating Top1 Poisons by Modulating the DNA Damage: New Strategies for AML Treatment,” by William Gmeiner, Ph.D., (http://www.wakehealth.edu/Research/Cancer-Biology/William-Gmeiner-Lab.htm)  of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • “DNA Damage Responses: Bedside to Bench to Bedside,” by Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., (http://pharmacology.mc.duke.edu/faculty/kastan.html)  of the Duke University Cancer Institute

GEMS is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, with an integrated pair of workshops on the mechanisms of cancer (see story), organized and hosted by President-elect William Kaufmann, Ph.D., of UNC. President Tom Hughes, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will lead a business meeting that will conclude the day’s proceedings.




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