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The Barcelona Exposome Symposium

Foto: Exposoma, Iolanda Filella Cubells. Institut d'Estudis Catalans
9.30 - 14.00 h
(Dr. Aiguader, 88) Barcelona

This event aims to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and resources within the exposome research community in the Barcelona area. Whether you're a seasoned exposomics researcher or a newcomer to the field, this symposium invites you to join us in building a supportive community dedicated to advancing exposome research. With a series of invited presentations, abstract-selected presentations and posters, it will provide a panorama of exposome research across different institutions in the Barcelona area.

The exposome represents the comprehensive set of environmental exposures that an individual encounters throughout their life. The exposomics field aims to evaluate how the exposome impacts on  biology and health through discovery-based analytical approaches. This local-level symposium is part of a larger initiative to build an International Human Exposome Network.

The symposium is expected to cover the following topics:

1. Technological Innovations and Methodologies in Exposomics

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques: Innovations in non-targeted chemical exposome characterization, including anthropogenic pollutants and diet related compounds.
  • Computational Methods and Data Science: Application of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in exposome studies
  • Novel Biomarkers and Detection Methods: Development of new biomarkers and tools for measuring environmental exposures, e.g. microplastics, accurately and comprehensively
  • Sensors and Geospatial Modeling Applications: to collect and analyze spatial data on environmental exposures. This includes wearable sensors, remote sensing, and GIS for mapping and analyzing the spatial distribution of exposures and their health impacts.

2. Exposome and Human Health

  • Early-life Exposures and Child Health: Research on multiple early-life exposures and their effects on child health and development.
  • Chronic Diseases and Aging: The role of cumulative environmental exposures in the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, respiratory diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Precision Medicine: Utilising exposome data to advance precision medicine and improve health outcomes in clinical settings.

3. Biological Impacts and Experimental Modeling in Exposomics

  • Molecular and Cellular Responses: Investigating how environmental exposures influence molecular and cellular processes, including gene expression, epigenetic modifications, and metabolic pathways.
  • Animal and In Vitro Models: Use of animal models and in vitro systems to study the biological effects of environmental exposures and to identify potential mechanisms of toxicity.
  • Integrative Omics Approaches: Combining genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and other omics data to understand the comprehensive biological impact of the exposome.

4. Translational Research: Bridging experimental findings with clinical and epidemiological studies to better understand the health implications of exposome-related findings​.

Key Dates

  • Abstract Call Deadline: July 1st 2024 — SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT! (Further details below)
  • Abstract Selection Disclosure: July 26th 2024
  • Registration Deadline: Sept 13th 2024 — REGISTER NOW!

Scientific Core Committee

Agenda Outline

  • 09.30 - 10.00 h — Welcome Coffee - Networking
  • 10.00 - 10.30 h — Introduction local and global exposome research landscape (ISGlobal)
  • 10.30 - 11.30 h — Part 1: Invited scientific presentations
  • 11.30 - 12.30 h — Coffee Break - Poster session for early career researchers (selected based on abstract selection before the event)
  • 12.30 - 13.30 h — Part 2: Invited and abstract-selected scientific presentations

The detailed programme of the symposium will be available soon (to be published in July 2024). Regarding participation format, the event will be in-person and presentations need to be in this format. Livestream option will be available, but just to follow presentations only.

Abstract Submission and Review Process

Abstracts submitted to the Barcelona Exposome Symposium will undergo a streamlined review process, starting with an initial screening and coordination by the core team, followed by a detailed evaluation by committee members. The scientific committee will then select the final abstracts. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by July 27th. The selection criteria focus on relevance to the symposium's topics, scientific rigour, clarity of presentation, interdisciplinary merit, and potential public health impact. This thorough and fair evaluation ensures that the symposium features high-quality discussions that are both impactful and informative.

Oral presentations (12 min) and Posters are invited for broadly defined exposomics and environmental health related topics. Posters can cover a wide range of subjects within these fields.

Poster Dimensions (to be added soon).

Submission Guidelines: Abstracts should be 200 words max.

Submit your abstract by 1 July 2024.

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