Exposome powered tools for healthy living in urban settings

The Urban Exposome is the complex mixture of social and environmental factors in the urban environment that collectively have an impact on health. Currently, slightly over 70% of Europe’s population lives in an urban environment. This percentage is expected to exceed 80% by 2030. It is therefore crucial that European urban areas provide a healthy living environment.

Published in August 2021, the profile paper from the Expanse project, entitled “Developing the building blocks to elucidate the impact of the urban exposome on cardiometabolic-pulmonary disease”, presents one of the central dilemmas facing urban planners, policy makers, and European citizens: “How to improve one’s health and wellbeing in a modern urban environment?” (Vlaanderen J, de Hoogh K, Hoek G, Peters A, Probst-Hensch N, Scalbert A, Melén E, Tonne C, de Wit GA, Chadeau-Hyam M, Katsouyanni K.  Environmental Epidemiology. 2021 Aug;5(4).)

The EXPANSE project has eight objectives:

  • Utrecht University, Netherlands (Project Coordination)
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain
  • Columbia University, USA
  • Department of Epidemiology of the Regional Health Service Lazio, Italy
  • French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France
  • Game Solutions Lab BV, Netherlands
  • Helmholtz Research Centre for Environmental Health, Germany
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  • Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France
  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • M2M4ALL, Netherlands
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland
  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
  • Utrecht University Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
Prof Roel Vermeulen
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr Jelle Vlaanderen
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Laurien Ulfman:  l.h.ulfman@uu.nl  

December 20, 2019