Charisma Hehakaya is an assistant professor in the Global Public Health & Bioethics research group at UMC Utrecht. In Exposome-NL programme she will work on, among other things, citizen engagement and science communication. What kind of information would citizens want to know about their exposome? What form of communication is most useful in this regard? What does a realistic "end product" look like at the end of Exposome-NL?
The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...Read More