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Filling the knowledge gaps on exposure to pollution: a holistic approach with the Human Exposome Network

In collaboration with the European Human Exposome Network ( EHEN)

The mathematical formula for our state of being reads rather simple: genes plus environment equals our health score. We’ve sequenced our genes to identify the genetic component of disease, but the environment remains the biggest unknown part of our health equation.

The EU Green Deal calls for a strategy to protect citizens’ health and well-being from pollution and environmental deterioration – the Zero Pollution Action Plan. The strategy will address air and water quality, dangerous chemicals, industrial emissions, pesticides and endocrine disruptors.

The Human Exposome is the field of study of how elements we are exposed to via our diet, lifestyle and the environment we live and work in, affect our health. Exposome research is a fundamental shift in research as it regards pollution, environmental deterioration and human health as a complex system with its interdependencies that need to be understood to enable better disease prevention and health promotion.

This session will discuss the role that Exposome Research plays in the EU Green Deal Strategy. Questions to be asked include, How can we curtail the risk from chemicals? How can we make healthier cities and workplaces? How can we use novel technologies to provide actionable data for politicians and citizens? How can we guarantee a healthy start to life?

Speakers and the audience will debate these questions and more, with a view to finding new opportunities for action.


  • Roel Vermeulen, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science – chair at European Human Exposome Network 
  • Gary W. Miller, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Jacqueline Bowamn Busato, EU Policy Lead EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity) 
  • Panagiotis Chaslaridis, Policy Advisor at European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) 
  • Joana Lobo Vicente – PhD in Analytical Chemistry, European Environment Agency (EEA) | EEA · Health and Sustainable Resources Use 
  • Martine Vrijheid: Research Professor and co-leader of the Childhood and Environment Programme at the Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) in Barcelona 


Session 11.2
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