ATHLETE: Advancing Tools for Human Early Lifecourse Exposome Research and Translation

Susana Santos

Principal Investigator

Integrated Member (PhD)

Proposing institution:

Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona (Spain)

Participating institutions:

Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona (Spain)
Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (France)
Folkehelseinstituttet (Norway)
Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen (Netherlands)
Health and Environment Alliance (Belgium)
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands)
Panepistimio Kritis (Greece)
Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas (Lithuania)
Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)
Universita Degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Hospital Sant Joan de Deu (Spain)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS (France)
Bettair Cities SL (Spain)
The Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)
University of Southern California (United States)
Brunel University London (United Kingdom)
University of Newcastle Upon (United Kingdom)
Agencie Nationale de la Securite Sanitaire de l’Alomentation de l’Environnement et Travail (France)
Kobenhavns Universitet (Denmark)
Masarykova Univerzita (Czechia)
Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
The University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

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Total budget:

11 998 333.75 €

Research line:

L1 - Life Course Research and Healthy Ageing

Research lab:

Perinatal Determinants of Health


ATHLETE aims to better understand and prevent health effects of numerous environmental hazards and their mixtures, starting from the earliest stages of life.

The project aims to develop a human exposome toolbox that can be used to evaluate the effects of a large number of environmental exposures in individuals, as well as in communities, in order to design policies and interventions to prevent or reduce their health impact.

The early stages in life are a key period of our development during which we are highly susceptible to environmental damage, with lifetime health consequences. This makes it an important starting point for addressing the exposome and an ideal time-window for implementing cost-effective preventive actions and policies aimed at reducing adverse environmental exposures.

The human exposome – which studies our exposure to many environmental factors throughout our lifetime – encompasses this complexity of the environment by studying exposures to many environmental factors throughout life, starting from conception and pregnancy. The human exposome promotes a fundamental shift in studying environmental impacts on health, moving research from the traditional biomedical ‘one exposure, one disease’ to a more comprehensive and holistic approach.

Research Team