University of California (UC) Berkely Superfund Research Program (SRP) investigators Martyn Smith, Ph.D., and Luoping Zhang, Ph.D., traveled to China in November to discuss and explain the concept of the exposome to students and professionals.
The exposome represents the totality of environmental exposures received by a person from conception onward. Smith stressed that the exposome includes all toxic chemicals present in a person's internal chemical environment where disease processes originate. Evaluating the exposome is important because the internal chemical environment reflects the combined effects of contaminants from air, water, and food, as well as chemicals produced in the body during metabolic processes.
Smith and Zhang taught a week-long course on advanced toxicology and the exposome at China Central Normal University in Wuhan China, Nov 5-11. The engaging course also provided students with award opportunities, and three students received awards for their efforts in the class.
While there, Smith also presented at the annual meeting of the Chinese Society of Toxicology in Guangzhou, China. He gave a plenary lecture on the exposome paradigm on Nov. 13. More than 1,000 Chinese scientists attended the talk. During his trip in China, Smith also gave lectures on the exposome in Beijing and Wuhan, China.