Workshop “Exposome Research to Study the Impact of Environment on Health” held in Utrecht
The workshop introduced the concept of the Exposome and provided examples of implementing this research in a new generation of studies of environmental health risks. The workshop was organized by the Utrecht Exposome Center of Utrecht University as part of a global collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Chinese University of Hong Kong titled “the International Tripartite Collaboration to Advance the Research on the Exposome (I3CARE)”.
The workshop was opened by Marjan Oudeman, president of the executive board of Utrecht University, who described the need for exposome research in Public Health, its potential for advancing knowledge worldwide, and its importance for Utrecht University. Three scientific presentations provided in depth information on the current status of exposome research and its potential. Roel Vermeulen, Utrecht University, described the achievements of exposome research to date and perspectives for future research. Paolo Vineis, Imperial College London, presented the first results generated by the ExposOmics project, the first Exposome project that was funded by the European Commission. Rick Grobbee, University Medical Center Utrecht, discussed the impact of the Exposome on cardiovascular health. Central to these presentations was the enormous opportunities that currently are provided by new technologies from sensors, to Apps, to biotechnology in elucidating the environmental causes of disease.
After a short break, the I3CARE initiative was introduced by Jelle Vlaanderen of Utrecht University after which 3 junior researchers from the University of Toronto (Joseph Okeme), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Miaomiao Sun), and Utrecht University (Nahid Mostafavi) presented results from their PhDs projects. Joseph Okeme, and Miaomiao Sun were able to attend the workshop through an exchange grant provided by the I3CARE consortium.
For more information on the I3CARE consortium and future events please visit our website at www.exposomeresearch.org.