"The exposome, conceptually and practically, provides a holistic view of human health and disease. It includes exposures from our diets, our lifestyles, and our behaviors. It also includes how our bodies respond to these challenges. When coupled with advances in genetics and medicine, we believe the exposome will help lead to improved strategies aimed at preventing and treating diseases, such as autism, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. We believe that pursuit of a Human Exposome Project, similar to the Human Genome Project or the BRAIN Initiative, will help reveal the importance of the environment in our lives. At this point the Human Exposome Project is just a vision. We hope to make it a reality."