July 28, 2005

Environmental Epigenomics Conference

Meeting Announcement (Note: this is not GEMS Annual Meeting)

Use the link below to register or submit an abstract online for the Environmental Epigenomics conference being held on November 2nd-4th, 2005 at the Washington Duke Inn.

2005 Environmental Epigenomics Meeting

Conference Objective

The “early origins hypothesis’ of Barker states that environmental factors, such as nutrition acting in early life, program the risks for adverse health outcomes in adult life. This hypothesis is now supported by a number of epidemiological studies performed worldwide. Environmental perturbations during gestation are also known to affect adult phenotype by altering gene expression through the modification of DNA methylation and chromatin structure. The objective of this conference is to discuss the evidence that genomic elements, such as transposons and imprinted genes, can function as epigenetically labile targets for linking environmental exposures during early development to adult susceptibility of developing medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, behavioral disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Go to the link above for the conference schedule and other details about the conference as well as online registration and abstract submission.

For more information contact:

Randy L. Jirtle, Ph.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Box 3433
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: (919) 684-2770
FAX: (919) 684-5584
Email: randyjirtle@mac.com