How our environment affects our health


How our environment affects our health

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The food we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress we experience. Epidemiologist Dr Virissa Lenters explains how the exposome influences our health.

It’s safe to say that, in general, we live longer than ever before. We’ve eradicated some deadly infectious diseases and improved our hygiene and nutrition. But are we also living healthier? What makes us sick in the 21st century? These are the questions that epidemiologist dr. Virissa Lenters (UU) tries to answer by decoding the exposome. It is a relatively new concept aimed at explaining what humans are exposed to in life, from birth to death. The food we ingest, the air we breathe, the objects we touch and the psychological stress we encounter. How do these exposures influence our genetics? How does this exposome research break with the traditional approach of cause and effect in health studies?

Lezing in het kader van de cursus Wetenschapsfilosofie. Ook voor niet-studenten toegankelijk. In samenwerking met de faculteit Sociale wetenschappen, Bètawetenschappen en Geesteswetenschappen.


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Wednesday March 24 2021 (20:00-21:30)
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Wetenschappers zoeken naar samenhang, regelmaat, wetmatigheden en oorzaak-gevolg relaties. Maar wat als problemen zo complex zijn dat deze verbanden niet meer te ontwarren zijn?