2017 01 SET
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The exposome: an innovative concept in environmental health sciences

Promotion and development of the exposome concept were central within the first Emory Exposome Summer Course

The environment plays a critical role on human health; however, tools to study the impact of complex environmental exposures are still lacking. In 2005, Christopher Wild introduced the concept of the exposome, which encompasses environmental exposures and concomitant biological responses throughout the life course, underlying the importance of comprehensive exposure assessment in human health research. This innovative approach, which might enable novel insights into numerous research questions in environmental health sciences, was discussed during the first Emory Exposome Summer Course. The course promoted the concept of exposome by developing four core principles: 1) gather a diverse team and help them find a common language; 2) develop and apply new and better monitoring tools; 3) embrace Big Data; 4) think “System”-atically. To promote exposome research implies considerable resources in order to enable a more deep knowledge about mechanisms by which the environment influences human health. Now, the short-term objective is the implementation and dissemination of initiatives, such as the Emory Exposome Summer Course, aimed at enhancing opportunities for meeting and sharing ideas among experts around the world.

Niedzwiecki MM, Miller GW. The Exposome Paradigm in Human Health: Lessons from the Emory Exposome Summer Course. Environ Health Perspect. 2017;125:064502.

Article by Giuliana Ferrante