Researchers have made huge advances in understanding environmental exposures and their biological effects in recent years. Despite this, there are still many gaps in knowledge.  For example, the incidence of diseases such as cancer is rising, and the role of the exposome in this increase is still not fully understood.

The “Frontiers in Human Exposome Research” symposium, hosted by the Human Exposome Assessment Platform (HEAP) project, and Med Uni Graz, presents the latest exposome research on epigenomics, microbiomics and metabolomics. 

The presentations will include an exploration of the legal and ethical issues specific to exposome research data, as well as data management best practice. There will also be a presentation of the HEAP platform itself, and the data analysis solution that it will offer to future generations of researchers.

To register to attend the symposium in person or on-line, click here


Event programme


Wednesday 1st June, 13:00-17:00 (CEST)

Venue: The Medical University of Graz, or on-line


13:15 Welcome video message
Caroline Schober (TBC)  Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs,  Medical University Graz, Austria

13:30 Biobanking and the exposome
Kurt Zatloukal Head of the Diagnostic and Research Centre for Molecular BioMedicine, Medical University Graz, Director of, Austria
  New frontiers in exposome research
Joakim Dillner Head of Centre for Cervical Cancer prevention, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  Measuring the exposome: Delusion or next frontier?
Benedikt Warth Head of Exposome Austria and the Global Exposomics & Biomonitoring Laboratory, University of Vienna, Austria
  EIRENE – new European research infrastructure for human exposome research
Jana Klánová Director of RECETOX, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
14:30 Coffee Break
 15:00 Globalisation of exposome research – Approaches and cancer research
Zisis Kozlakidis Head of Laboratory Services and Biobank Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France
  Ethics and legal aspects of exposome research
Evert-Ben van Veen Director of MLC Foundation, the Netherlands

HopsWorks and the HEAP technical platform
Jim Dowling CEO of Logical Clocks, Sweden


The HEAP FAIR toolbox

Heimo Müller Group Leader, Information Science and Machine Learning, Medical University Graz, Austria

16:00 Coffee Break

Personal exposome profiling
Michael Snyder Head of Dept. of Genetics and Director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Ageing and environment -> epigenome -> disease
Martin Widschwendter Director of European Translational Oncology Prevention and Screening (EUTOPS) Institute, Austria

  Monitoring lifestyle intervention in the human exposome – the HEAP lifestyle cohort
Chiara Herzog European Translational Oncology Prevention and Screening (EUTOPS) Institute, Austria
  How your everyday purchases affect your health
Frederik Trier Møller Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark 

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