IMM Conference Big Data: Professor Roel Vermeulen

The multi-dimensional exposome a Big-Data opportunity to improve public health

One of Roel Vermeulen's main research areas is the exploration of new methods for quantifying the external and internal exposome. The Exposome is a bold conceptual leap, seeking to bridge the role of the environment in human disease over multiple continua including: from populations to individuals, from external to internal environments, from discreet exposures to life course, and from single stressors to multiple determinants. Due to this inherent multi-dimensional complexity, exploitation of the “Exposome” is the ultimate Big-Data opportunity to improve public health. 

Short biography

Dr. Roel Vermeulen is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and holds an adjunct Professor position at the Public Health department at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands and a Visiting Professorship at Imperial College London, London, UK. His scientific research focuses on environmental risk factors for cancer and neurological diseases with a strong emphasis on integrating epidemiology, high quality exposure assessment, and molecular biology into multidisciplinary investigations. He is the PI of several large case-control and prospective studies in occupational and the general population. One of his main research areas is the exploration of new methods for quantifying the external and internal exposome. The Exposome is a bold conceptual leap, seeking to bridge the role of the environment in human disease over multiple continua including: from populations to individuals, from external to internal environments, from discreet exposures to life course, and from single stressors to multiple determinants. Due to this inherent multi-dimensional complexity, exploitation of the “Exposome” is the ultimate Big-Data opportunity to improve public health. Dr. Roel Vermeulen has served on many international committees including including the WHO and the National Toxicology Program in the US. He is a member of the Dutch Expert Committee for Occupational Standards of the Dutch Health council. He was elected chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) in 2015.