Mapping Exposure-Induced Immune Effects: Connecting the Exposome and the Immunome

Immune differentiation linked to age and exposure: outputs from the 3rd EXIMIOUS Symposium

5 July 2022

The third EXIMIOUS Symposium “Immune differentiation linked to age and exposure” was held online on 23 June 2022. Don’t worry if you missed it, the full recording of the event is available on the EXIMIOUS YouTube channel.

Three invited guest speakers, Prof. Niels Hellings (Hasselt University, Belgium), Dr. Juan Aguilera (Stanford University, USA) and Dr. Tobias Stöger (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany), presented their latest research on the effects of diverse aspects of aging and exposure on immune differentiation. 

To kick-off the event, Prof. Peter Hoet  and Dr. Manosij Ghosh (KU Leuven, EXIMIOUS coordinating team) introduced the EXIMIOUS project as part of the European Human Exposome Network (EHEN). Guest expert Dr. Tobias Stöger was then the first to present his work, on the mechanisms of particle-cell interactions during the course of particle-induced lung inflammation. As this involved some of the most recent findings from his lab, the presentation was not recorded, but keep a look out for upcoming publications to learn more. Bringing in the perspective of health related to climate change, Dr. Juan Aguilera discussed the role of climate change and air pollution in relation to immune changes and diseases in humans. To complete the theme of this symposium, normal versus pathological immune aging was presented by Prof. Niels Hellings, covering the key aspects of their triggers, measures, and intervention.

The symposium brought together more than 40 attendees, who participated in an insightful Q&A following each of the presentations. With a warm thank you to our guest experts, we’re looking forward to continue the exchange on the latest exposome research and to learn from leading experts in the field in the next EXIMIOUS Symposium. If you’d like to be notified about the next EXIMIOUS Symposium, subscribe here and we’ll send you an invitation in due time.