Workshop: The Promise of Genome Editing Tools to Advance Environmental Health Research


Washington, DC and webcast

Event Dates

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 to Thursday, 11 January 2018

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Recent scientific advances have made genome editing technologies—a suite of biological tools for making precise additions, deletions, and alterations to the DNA and RNA of living cells– more rapid, efficient, and flexible than ever before. Join a free National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on January 10-11, 2018, to explore opportunities for using genome (and epigenome) editing technologies in environmental health research.

This workshop, which will be held in Washington, DC and webcast, will bring together experts in molecular biology, toxicology, and public health to discuss genome editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their applications to help unravel the mechanisms through which environmental stressors affect human health, including developing models of health and disease, testing chemicals for toxicity, and determining mechanisms of toxicity. Speakers will also explore how research that leverages genome editing tools might inform different types of decisions, including for risk assessment and environmental policy.

Sponsored by NIEHS and organized by the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions committee, this workshop is part of a series that bring together participants from government, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the academic community to explore the potential for new methods and approaches to advance our understanding of environmental impacts on human health.

For more information (including the workshop agenda) and to register to attend, please visit the workshop webpage: