IHEN: Building a network of scientists exploring environmental impacts on our health

The International Human Exposome Network (IHEN) is bringing together researchers, policymakers, and independent experts to collaborate on and improve exposome research. This field explores how health is shaped by the combined impact of all the environmental factors people are exposed to throughout their lives.

A roadmap for studying environmental exposures

In the past decade, more and more researchers have been taking a holistic approach when studying how environmental factors contribute to health and disease development. By building a worldwide network, the EU-funded IHEN project will develop a roadmap for future exposome research, provide tools and training opportunities and increase the impact of future studies in this field.

“Now is a critical moment to enhance global coordination, support, and implementation of exposome research”, says Roel Vermeulen Professor at Utrecht University and IHEN project Co-coordinator. “Given the vast and borderless nature of our environmental challenges, both present and future, it is imperative that we collaborate internationally to make a meaningful impact on public health.”


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