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Registration open for upcoming exposome workshop

By Eddy Ball
November 2011

Registration is underway for a workshop on “Emerging Technologies for Measuring Individual Exposomes”( Exit NIEHS Dec. 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is the latest in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) ongoing series organized by the Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions sponsored by NIEHS.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration( Exit NIEHS is required for those planning to attend in person. Instructions on how to access the webcast will be available approximately one month prior to the workshop.

This workshop will take a close look at emerging technologies that can be used to gather individual exposure information, based upon external and internal measurements. Presentations and discussions will explore which of the technologies are ready now and which are still emerging for use in environmental health research.

Particular attention will be paid to the relative advantages and disadvantages of external and internal measurements for characterizing individual exposomes and for performing environment-wide association studies. Recent proof-of-concept studies will be highlighted and bioinformatic tools will be discussed. This synthesis should inform researchers and policy makers about the critical roles that the exposome concept and new technologies can play in understanding the origins of human diseases.

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