Our health is shaped by environmental factors that we humans are exposed to on a daily basis: what we eat, the air we breathe, our social interactions and lifestyle choices such as smoking and exercising. The sum of all these environmental drivers of health and diseases is called the exposome.
The exposome concept is trying to capture everything to understand which, how, in what quantities, and in what circumstances environmental drivers have an effect on our health. This very complex set of elements is continually evolving, and to map it is a challenging undertaking. The Utrecht Exposome hub combines research on both the external exposome and on the internal exposome (focusing on the microbiome). By combining this research, we aim to develop successful prevention and intervention strategies in amongst others cardiovascular, mental, infectious, and immunological diseases.
Exposome-NLThe Dutch consortium of internationally-renowned scientists will apply innovative techniques to investigate which factors of the exposome are important for health and how these factors work. Their research focuses on the causes of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
EXPANSE projectEXPANSE is a five-year European research project that focuses on the urban exposome, the complex interplay between the built, social, physico-chemical, food, and lifestyle aspects of the urban environment. EXPANSE involves 20 academic and non-academic partners located in 14 European countries and the USA.
Data- en Kennishub Gezond Stedelijk LevenTogether with residents, the partners of the hub will develop scientific and data-driven concepts and measures: evidence-based products and services that have a positive effect on the health of everyone who lives, works or recreates in an urban environment.
Exposome-ScanThe Exposome-Scan project has been awarded 3.2 million euros from the NWO Investment Grant Large programme, With the grant, researchers from various Dutch institutes and medical centres will build a unique and large-scale open facility for research into the so-called exposome.