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The International Comet Assay Workshops (ICAW 2019)

The International Comet Assay Workshops are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the Comet Assay, aimed at both experienced and new users of this popular technique. The Workshop has always been rather informal. It began as a satellite to the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in 1995. At that time, the Comet Assay community was small, and we mostly knew each other. Even now, following exponential growth in popularity of this assay, the workshop retains the feeling of an extended family, reunited every two years, with a healthy intake of new family members. We try to keep registration costs as low as possible to make it easier for less established researchers to attend, and as a matter of policy no-one has expenses refunded; there are no invited speakers. All are equal, and the newest recruits can readily share ideas with the old-timers.

The first five meetings in this series were called simply 'Comet Assay Workshops'. 'International' was added in 2005. So far, all have been held in Europe! Thus it was about time to broaden the scope! Therefore, we are proud to announce that the next ICAW in 2019 will be organised in Russia - Pushchino (Moscow region).

At present the number of researchers in Russia who use the Comet assay in studies of DNA damage and repair as a result of the influence of different factors on living organisms continuously increases. That is why it would be useful to have the opportunity to meet with scientists who have more experience in the application of the Comet assay in different fields of biology.

The administration of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences would be glad to participate in organizing the International Comet assay Workshop (ICAW 2019) in Russia.

We hope that the holding of ICAW 2019 in Russia will give impetus to the development of this approach not only in Russia but also throughout the world.

We welcome you to Pushchino in 2019.

Local organisors ICAW 2019
D.Sci. Prof. Beletsky I.P.
Director ITEB RAS Senior Researcher
Nikolai Sirota
Co-chairs ICAW 2019
Dr. Bertrand Pourrut (University of Toulouse, France), Dr. Amaya Azqueta (University of Navarra, Spain), Dr. Sabine Langie (VITO & University of Hasselt, Belgium), Dr. Sergey Shaposhnikov (CEO Norgenotech, Norway)

For more information to attend the meeting you can contact sirota@iteb.ru, or icawmeetings@gmail.com

We hope to welcome you all at future meetings.