Welcome to the GEMS website!

GEMS is a regional scientific society headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC. GEMS has a diverse membership that shares a broad interest in environmental health and genetics. 

GEMS offers two annual meetings (spring and fall) of considerable thematic diversity in the fields of genetics and genomics, with an emphasis on the effects of environmental exposures on genomic integrity.  

If you are currently a member of GEMS, please take a look around to learn more about upcoming events and meetings and how you can participate!

If you are not a GEMS member, we welcome you to explore and learn more about the Society and the membership benefits. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions!

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    • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • EPA Main Campus, Room C111, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709
    The GEMS Spring Meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 will highlight issues surrounding nanomaterials and consumer product safety.  There is no fee to attend but registration is required.  Registration is open now. Please note: In the unlikely event of a government shutdown on May 2, the meeting will be held June 7 at the same location.


    8:15-9:00 Registration

    9:00-9:15 Welcome

    Brian Chorley, PhD, GEMS President, US EPA

    Holly Mortensen, PhD, GEMS President-Elect, US EPA

    9:15-9:25 William Boyes, PhD, "A Framework for Evaluation of Engineered Nanomaterials", US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

    9:30-10:15 Christine Hendren, PhD, "An overview of the CEINT NanoInformatics Knowledge Commons (NIKC)",

    Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, Duke University, Durham, NC

    Mark Wiesner, PhD, “Nanoenabled Product Hazard and Exposure Assessment Tool (NanoPHEAT): A Custom NIKC Application”, James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

    Duke University,Durham, NC

    10:15-11:15 Poster Session (snacks and beverages provided)

    11:15-12:00 Treye Thomas, PhD, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Office, Washington, DC

    11:50-1:00  Lunch at EPA Cafeteria

    1:00-1:45 Khara Grieger, PhD, "Nanomaterials in Select Consumer and Military Applications”, Risk Analysis Program, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

    1:45-2:30 Alex Tropsha, PhD, "Data Science of Nanomaterials" Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks and Wrap-up

Past GEMS Meetings

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 GEMS 2016 Annual Fall Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 GEMS Annual Spring Meeting

Local Genetic Toxicology Events

P.O. Box 13475, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

GEMS is incorporated as a non-profit scientific organization in the state of North Carolina  and with the federal government. 

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