International Conference on Risk Assessment of Environmental Genotoxicants &
24th Alexander Hollaender International Course
Genetic Toxicology of Environmental Pollutants:
Novel Approaches for Hazard Assessment, Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Genotoxic hazard is one of the most dangerous health hazards resulting from exposures to environmental pollution. It can affect not only the present generation in the form of sterility and cancer production, but also the future generations in form of congenital malformations and a wide variety of heritable adverse health outcomes. Therefore, research dealing with the relationship between those exposures and their genetic effects is currently considered of vital importance.
Realizing the importance of this field, Dr. Alexander Hollaender, during his lifetime, organized training courses in genetic toxicology and mutation research in developing countries. In order to continue Dr. Hollaender's commitment, the Alexander Hollaender Fund of the United States Environmental Mutagen Society has sponsored numerous training courses, including courses in Mexico (November, 1993), Argentina (December, 1994), and South Africa (January, 1996). After several international collaborating activities, the Alexander Hollaender Fund committee took the decision to organize the 4th Alexander Hollaender Training Course in Genetic Toxicology, "Practical Training in Contemporary Genetic Toxicology", 15-18 September 1997, in Cairo, Egypt, as a Satellite Course of the 7th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens (7th ICEM), held on September 7-12, 1997 in Toulouse, France.
The 4th Alexander Hollaender Training course consisted of lectures and laboratory practical courses in Cytogenetics (Classical and Fluorescent In situ Hybridization (FISH)), PCR-Based Genotyping, the Single-Cell Gel Electrophoresis (COMET) Assay, and the Salmonella (Ames) Mutagenicity Assay. The course was very well attended. The goal was to bring scientists from the Middle East region and Africa to the course to gain training in genetic toxicology theory and practice.
The aforementioned meetings gave the opportunity for exchange of experiences and opinion between scientists from the developed and the developing countries in this important field. Similarly, the upcoming meeting, which will be the 24th Alexander Hollaender International Training Course, will include lectures covering basic concepts in genetic toxicology, as well as an overview of traditional and modern methods and strategies for genetic toxicity assessment.
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