In addition to our genetic nature, the environment in which we live has a major influence on our health. Non-genetic factors, such as our physical or social environment, or our behaviour, play an important role in the development of diseases. The totality of environmental exposures over the life course is called the exposome.
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.