Semi-Annual web meeting featuring a dynamic plenary between two leading epidemiologists and three live oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. Participants are encouraged to participate individually or organize a viewing party at their institution.



SERdigital – Spring 2018

March 9, 2018
12-1:30pm EST

“The Exposome in Epidemiology:
Opportunities and Challenges”


Gary W. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Research
Department of Environmental Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

Germaine Buck Louis, Ph.D.
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University

Traditional epidemiologic approaches tend to focus on a single exposure or group of exposures. However, individuals are exposed to many dynamic exposures over the course of their lives that have the potential to affect health and disease. The exposome is defined as the totality of exposures across an individual’s lifespan, including every exposure an individual is subject to from conception to death. The exposome research paradigm presents an opportunity to better capture the totality of exposures experienced by individuals and the multifactorial etiology of health and disease. On the other hand, characterizing the totality of individual exposures is daunting, and implementation of the exposome research paradigm in epidemiologic research presents several measurement challenges.

For this SERdigital, we will explore the exposome research paradigm, the opportunities for incorporating this paradigm into epidemiologic research, and the challenges associated with this approach.

We have two superbly qualified discussants with expertise in exposome research for this SERdigital. Dr. Germaine Buck Louis, an epidemiologist and early pioneer in the application of the exposome research paradigm for understanding  environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility impairments, will present on opportunities for exposome research in epidemiology. Dr. Gary Miller, director of the HERCULES Exposome Research Center, the first exposome-based center grant awarded in the United States, will present on measurement of exposures in an exposome research framework. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and participate in discussion following the plenary presentations.

We encourage you to organize a viewing party at your institution to watch and participate in SERdigital with your colleagues and classmates. Please send us your viewing party pictures after the event!



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