The issue of epigenetic changes and their impact on human health and life span was prominently discussed at EFSA’s second scientific conference “Shaping the future of food safety, together” in Milan. Epigenetic changes are changes in gene expression that are not caused by modifications to DNA but by other factors including environment, diet and lifestyle.
In response to the interest in this issue, EFSA has selected epigenetics as the subject of its next scientific symposium, which will be held on 14 and 15 June 2016 in Valencia, Spain. Registration starts today, 17 March 2016, and closes on 27 April 2016.
EFSA invites scientists, risk managers and policymakers to attend the symposium, which will examine where we stand regarding our knowledge of epigenetics mechanisms. Four discussion groups will look at the following themes: incorporating epigenetics data in mode of action; epigenetics and chemical risk assessment in humans; epigenetics in risk assessment of farmed animals for food production; epigenetics and environmental risk assessment.