II.A Linking the general and specific external Exposome to Cardiometabolic Disease

This research project aims to overcome current challenges in linking the general and specific external exposome to human health using Cardiometabolic Disease (CMD) as example. We aim to explain the risk of CMD unaccounted for by other established risk factors.

Based on research line 1 (measuring the exposome) we will validate and use novel measures of the general external exposome in relation to CMD, accounting for the time and space specific relation between measures of the external exposome and CMD.

Next, we will use the specific external exposome to explain the relation of the general external exposome with CMD via causation (e.g., influence of an unhealthy food environment on CMH via dietary intake) or selection (e.g. wealthier, active individuals being able to afford a house in a wealthy neighbourhood that enables physical activity).


Development of a neighborhood obesogenic built environment characteristics index for the Netherlands

Thao Minh Lam, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Nicolette R. den Braver, Derek Karssenberg, Ilonca Vaartjes, Erik J. Timmermans, Joline W. J. Beulens, Jeroen Lakerveld
Obesity, volume 31, issue 1

Machine learning approaches to characterize the obesogenic urban exposome

Haykanush Ohanyan, Lützen Portengren, Anke Huss, Eugenio Traini, Joline W.J. Beulens, Gerard Hoek, Jeroen Lakerveld, Roel Vermeulen
Environment International (158), Jan 2022

Field validation of commercially available food retailer data in the Netherlands

C Canalia, MGM Pinho, J Lakerveld, JD Mackenbach
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17 (6), (2020)

Ultra-processed food consumption patterns among older adults in the Netherlands and the role of the food environment

Pinho MGM, Lakerveld J, Harbers MC, Sluijs I, Vermeulen R, Huss A, Boer JMA, Verschuren WMM, Brug J, Beulens JWJ, Mackenbach JD.
European Journal of Nutrition. 60 (2021).

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

Exposome-NL is a Dutch consortium of over fifty scientists from different disciplines, universities and medical centres. Together the scientists will systematically sequence the environmental factors influencing our health.

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