Which groups are affected by certain chronic diseases, and which groups aren’t? This depends on genetics (30%) and on the exposome (70%). A consortium led by Professor Roel Vermeulen, affiliated with Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht, will investigate which factors of the exposome are important for health and how these factors work.
Vermeulen explains the exposome: ‘In our daily lives, we make all kinds of choices that have a major impact on our health. By exposome, we mean all kinds of factors in everyday life, including what we eat and drink, the air we breathe, our social interactions and lifestyle choices such as smoking and exercise. The individual’s biological response to these factors also forms part of this exposome.’
Much remains to be discovered about the exposome, and therefore about the development of chronic diseases. To this end, the consortium has been awarded 17,4 million euros from the prestigious Gravitation Grant. The participating institutes themselves are contributing more than 8 million euros.
Read more at the website of Utrecht University.
Photo: Marte Hofsteenge.
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The program makers of ‘De Kennis van Nu’ prepared a broadcast around mosquito research in The Netherlands. Recordings were made at the location and with researchers of several of our NCOH partners; Erasmus MC, Leiden University, RIVM and Wageningen University & Research.
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Another NCOH year of exciting and important research. It’s time for an update! You and all NCOH scientists are invited to join this year’s NCOH Science Café on 29 October 29 in Utrecht to get up to speed with the latest developments and meet fellow NCOH colleagues. Prevention and control of infectious diseases outbreaks are...