NIEHS Exposure Science and the Exposome Webinar Series
January 14, 2020
The NIEHS Strategic Plan places a significant emphasis on transforming exposure science through the development of new approaches to exposure assessment, the definition and dissemination of the exposome concept, and the development and demonstration of the exposome as a tool for both epidemiological and mechanistic research. In order to achieve this goal, NIEHS launched the Exposure Science and the Exposome Webinar Series on April 4, 2014 to foster discussions on international efforts in advancing exposure science and the exposome concept as well as challenges and opportunities in incorporating this concept in environmental health research.
The Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource, HHEAR, is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. HHEAR seeks to advance our understanding about how the environment impacts human health and disease through the life course by promoting the characterization of the totality of human environmental exposures called the exposome. HHEAR will provide health researchers access to state-of-the-art laboratory analysis of environmental exposures in both biological and environmental matrices. HHEAR also provides expert consultation on study design, feasibility, and analysis. The exposures measured by HHEAR will cover the breadth of the exposome through both large-scale targeted and untargeted analysis.
This webinar served as an introduction to HHEAR capabilities and processes in advance of HHEAR accepting applications at the beginning of 2020. Presentations introduced the user community to the goals of HHEAR, eligibility and application processes, and presented some of HHEAR’s laboratory and data analytic capabilities.