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David Phillips receives the United Kingdom Molecular Epidemiology Award 2012

On November 30 2012 the United Kingdom Molecular Epidemiology Group (UKMEG; held a workshop entitled “Design of Future Molecular Epidemiology Studies and New Biomarkers” at the Waterloo Conference Centre in London.

The workshop, attended by over 70 participants the UK, Europe and UK, was jointly run with the European Union Network of Excellence ECNIS2 (Environmental Cancer, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility 2; and  organised by Volker Arlt (King’s College London) and Soterios Kyrtopoulos (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens). Keynote lectures were given by Paolo Vineis (Imperial College London) on “Towards the exposome”, Stephen Rappaport (University of California, Berkley) on “Omics open doors to useful biomarkers”, and Regina Santella (Columbia University, New York) on “Epigenetic biomarkers in molecular epidemiology studies of cancer”. Other invited speakers included Paul Elliott (Imperial College London), Manolis Kogevinas (Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona), Raj Singh (University of Leicester), Panagiotis Georgiadis (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Volker Arlt Eiliv Lund (University of Tromsø, Tromsø), Greet Schoeters (Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Mol), and Franco Merlo (National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa).

The final speaker of the workshop was David Phillips from the Environmental Carcinogenesis Group (see photo) at King’s College London, who received the UKMEG Award 2012. The prestigious award is given every 3 years by UKMEG, and honours scientists within the UK for their outstanding contribution to molecular epidemiology. The award lecture was entitled “DNA adducts and other smoking guns”. Previous UKMEG awardees were Christopher Wild (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France) in 2006 and Peter Farmer (University of Leicester) in 2009.

UKMEG was founded in 1996 as an interest group within the United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society (UKEMS, Its aim is to foster multi-disciplinary links between epidemiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, geneticists, toxicologists, pathologists, nutritionists, clinician scientists, public health scientists and others studying the role of environmental and genetic factors in the aetiology of chronic disease.

UKMEG thus represents a forum for communication among researchers from diverse fields and aims to bring the best methodologies to bear on the study of the causes and prevention of human disease. UKMEG recognises that advances in technologies provide opportunities and challenges that can only be addressed through such multidisciplinary working. Scientific meetings are organised annually.