Qatar Foundation will host The Sixth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human Populations (ICEMHP) from 26th to 29th of March, 2012.

A mutagen is a physical or chemical agent, which changes genetic material and causes mutations.

The conference is part of a series that looks to identify solutions to health problems caused by environmental factors, and aims to develop local, regional and global cooperation in detecting environmental causes of DNA damages and finding solutions to them.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Kirk R. Smith, who is best known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which awarded him the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former Vice President of the U.S. Al Gore.

Professor Smith said, ‘I am excited for the opportunity to visit the Gulf Region and contribute to the ICEMHP in Qatar. Many of the dominant health concerns in this country can be linked to environmental factors and this is why it is very important to work on the development of this field of study.’

Organised by Qatar Foundation, Environmental Mutagen Society and the International Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies, ICEMHP 2012 will be attended by many other distinguished speakers, such as Her Royal Highness Professor Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand.