Asian Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies (AAEMS)

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Dear colleagues

I would like to thank the members for selecting me as the president of the 5th Asian Association of Environmental Mutagens Societies (AAEMS) for the term 2014- 2015. It is a great opportunity for me to serve you and the AAEMS constitution. I will try my best to bring forth the scientific concerns of environmental health and facilitate collaborative research to counter the entire gamut of environmental problems of Asian conutries through the upcoming 4th Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ACEM) to be held in Kolkata, India in 10-12th  December, 2014.

A congregation of forty-nine countries, Asia is considered the largest continent fostering a unique concoction of different cultures, customs and economy. From developing nations to the developed, we face some of the most intense environmental problems which culminate to a global despair. To name a few, the frequent earthquakes in the Pacific front of the continent brought forward a major concern of environmental toxicant being released and affected millions of people of the region. This disaster pursued the global community to act upon the safety measures, which I believe should be addressed by us with immediate effect. Arsenic has been one of the prime human health concerns affecting more than 100 million Asians, primarily in the regions of India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. Several groups in various parts of Asia as well as the World are looking for methods to curb the toxic effects of this along with other mutagenic and carcinogenic environmental toxicants like cadmium, lead and fluoride.

Development doesn’t come without a cost. The faster a region grows, the more toxic insult it causes to the environment and to its dependents within the niche. It is the cost, which I believe would be decided upon at 4th ACEM in Kolkata, India. With this, I would like to thank the presidents of the past AAEMS, i.e. the first and 2nd President Prof. T. Nohmi, 3rd President Prof. Malyn Chulasiri and finally the 4th  President Prof. Jia Cao for being a wonderful host in the last ACEM in Hangzhou, China. I would like to thank all the members of the international community to give me the opportunity and would like to welcome all of you to the meet, the details of which will be regularly updated at http://www.acem.iicb.res.in/
President of AAEMS
Dr. Ashok K. Giri

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Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ACEM)

The primary purpose of the ACEM is to provide a means whereby the members may exchange scientific information, discuss their professional experiences, exchange ideas, and acquaint themselves with the scientific progress and technical problems. ACEM was held three times, i.e., 1st ACEM in Japan in 2007, 2nd ACEM in Thailand in 2010, 3rd ACEM in China in 2012, and 4th ACEM in India in 2014.

4th ACEM was held in December 10-12, 2014 in Kolkata in India.

The 4th Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ACEM) was held at CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata, during December 10-12, 2014, in collaboration with All India Congress of Cytology and Genetics (AICCG). The inaugural session was attended by seventy international delegates from Japan, China, Korea, Austria, Germany, USA, Iran, Kazakhstan, Australia, Canada and Belgium along with 150 Indian delegates and students, who participated in this three day international conference. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Takehiko Nohmi, president of International Association of Environmental Mutagens and Genomics Societies (IAEMGS) along with Dr. Ashok K. Giri, president of Asian Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies (AAEMS). Dr. Giri in his inaugural address gave a brief introduction about the activities and significance of the various environmental mutagen societies in Asia as well as rest of the world. More detailed information is in the report (PDF file) .

7th executive committee of AAEMS was held in December 11, 2014, in Kolkata, in India.


The 7th executive committee of AAEMS was held on December 11, 2014, in a meeting room, CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India, when the 4th ACEM was held. The photo shows the participants. From left to right: From left to right: Masami Yamada (IAEMGS/JEMS); Jun Yang (CEMS); Michael Fenech (IAEMGS/MEPSA); Takehiko Nohmi (IAEMGS/JEMS); Hoon-Jeong Kwon (KEMS); Ashok Kumar Giri (EMSI); Masamitsu Honma (JEMS); Yasunobu Aoki (JEMS); Jia Cao (CEMS) More detailed information is shown in
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3rd ACEM was held in October 2012 in Hangzhou in China.

3rd Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (3rd ACEM) was successfully held from October 23 to 26, 2012 in Hangzhou, China. Approximately 350 people participated the conference. They represent 12 countries (Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, and USA). This conference was organized by the Asian Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies (AAEMS) and Chinese Environmental Mutagen Society (CEMS) and operated by Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Exchange Center. The Academic Committee Chair is Professor Jia CAO, President of AAEMS (2012-2013), Co-chair is Professor William W. AU. Organization Committee Chair is Professor Jun YANG, Co-chair is Professor Weidong HAO, Secretary General of CEMS. The main theme of the 3rd ACEM is gEnvironmental Effects on Human Health in Rapidly Developing Asia Countriesh Keynote speakers are as follows: Stefano Bonassi (Italy); Kazuo Tajima (Japan); Hongbing Shen (China); Richard S. Paules (USA); Kazuo Sakai (Japan); Wei Huang (China). More detailed information is in the report (PDF file). An exciting photos is here.

2nd ACEM was held in Thailand in 2010.

Announcement of 2nd ACEM in Thailand
For the 2nd ACEM meeting, three countries wanted to be the host and Thailand (TEMS) finally won the competition. Dr. Malyn Chulasiri (TEMS) announced to hold the 2nd ACEM in Thailand in 2010.
2nd ACEM report (PDF file)
More information---> http://www.pharmacy.mahidol.ac.th/acem2010/main.php

1st ACEM was held in November 2007.

1st ACEM was held in November 2007We have held 1st Asian Conference on Environmental Mutagens (1st ACEM) on November 29 and 30, 2007 in Kita-kyushu in Japan in conjunction with 36th annual meeting of Japanese EMS (photo 1). Professor Hiroshi Kasai was the meeting president. More than 400 people attended the meeting and about 70 of them came from outside of Japan mostly from Asian countries. The oversea participants were not only from the AAEMS member countries but also from Malaysia and Taiwan. English was the official language throughout the conference. In the first day, two symposia and one workshop were held. The symposia were gmechanisms of environmental mutagenesis and carcinogenesis including oxidative stressh and gmutagen & anti-mutagen in Asian foodsh and the workshop was gICH revised guidance on genotoxicity testingh. Poster session was also held with more than 100 posters. The quality of presentations was high enough to invoke active discussion. In the second day, Dr. Brooke T. Mossman, University of Vermont U.S.A., gave a timely plenary lecture of "asbestos-induced inflammation and carcinogenesis; role of oxidative stress and cell signaling pathways". After the plenary lecture, platform session was held for oral presentation where the speakers were selected among the poster presenters. 1st ACEM has been successfully ended in the afternoon of November 30.

AAEMS Executive Committee

Administration of AAEMS is vested in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consists of presidents of member societies and also one or two additional society members. Currently, the committee is consisted of 17 members, i.e., three members each from CEMS, JEMS and KEMS, and two members each from EMSI, IREMS, PEMS and TEMS. The President, vice-president, secretary general and treasurer are selected among the executive committee members. The President of AAEMS was Takehiko Nohmi (JEMS) from 2006 to 2009; Malyn Chulasiri (TEMS) from 2010 to 2011 and Jia Cao (CEMS) from 2012 to 2013, Ashok Giri (EMSI) from 2014-2015.

6th Executive committee members of AAEMS (2014-2015)

The 6th executive committee of AAEMS was held on November 3, 2013, in IGUACU III, Bourbon Convention and Spa Resort Cataratas do Iguassu, Brazil, when the 11th ICEM was held. The photo shows the participants. From left to right: Young-Rok Seo (KEMS); Kyung-Chul Choi (KEMS); Myung-Haing Cho (KEMS); Young-Joon Surh (KEMS); Ashok Kumar Giri (EMSI); Masami Yamada (JEMS); David M. DeMarini (EMGS); Jia Cao (CEMS); Masamitsu Honma (JEMS); Takehiko Nohmi (JEMS); Sepideh Arbabi Bidgoli (IREMS); Hiroshi Kasai (JEMS); Yasunobu Aoki (JEMS); Keiji Wakabayashi (JEMS) .
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5th Executive committee members of AAEMS (2012-2013)

The 5th executive committee of AAEMS was held on October 23, 2012, in Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel, Hangzhou, China, when the 3rd ACEM was held. The photo shows the participants. At the front raw from left to right, Hai Won Chung (KEMS), Stephano Bonassi (President of IAEMS), Jia Cao (President of AAEMS), Takehiko Nohmi (Secretary General of AAEMS), Hiroshi Kasai (President of JEMS), William Au (CEMS). At the back raw from left to right, Masami Yamada (Treasurer of AAEMS), Byung-Mu Lee (KEMS), Ashok Kumar Giri (EMSI), David DeMarini (EMGS), Sepideh Arbabi Bidgoli (IREMS), Jun Yang (CEMS).

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4th Executive committee members of AAEMS (2010-2011)

Executive  committee members of AAEMS Committee members : Malyn Chulasiri (President), Jia Cao (Vice-President), Young-Joon Surh (Vice-President), Takehiko Nohmi (Secretary General), A.B. Prasad (EMSI), Ashok Kumar Giri (EMSI), Yasushi Yamazoe (JEMS), Masami Yamada (JEMS)
Observers: Stefano Bonassi (President, IAEMS), Wang Jiaji (CEMS), Young R. Seo (KEMS), Sepideh Arbabi Bidgoli (IREMS), Salmaan H Inayat-Hussain (MTS),  Aroonsri Preeprem (TEMS)

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3rd Executive committee members of AAEMS (-2009)

Executive  committee members of AAEMS The 3rd executive committee was held on August 20, 2009, in Florence, Italy, when 10th ICEM was held. The participants were Drs Jun Yang (CEMS), Takashi Yagi (JEMS), Keiji Wakabayashi (JEMS), Takehiko Nohmi (JEMS), Young Rok Seo(KEMS), Hai-Won Chung(KEMS), Amelia Guevara(PEMS) and Malyn Chulasiri (TEMS). In addition, Drs Sepide Arbabi (Iran) and Kuen-Yuh Wu (Taiwan) attended the meeting as observers (see the photo).

 

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