The Emory Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures (HERCULES) was funded in May, 2013 for $4,500,000 over four years. It is a P30 Core Center Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (P30 ES019776).
The environment, broadly defined, plays a major role in health and disease, but has been underrepresented in the research community. The exposome provides a potential vehicle to better incorporate the environmental component into the study of disease and health. Our long-term goal is for Emory and Georgia Tech to play a leading role in the discovery, evaluation, and application of the exposome. HERCULES will provide key infrastructure and expertise to develop and refine new tools and technologies. Key among these are the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core and the Systems Biology Core which we can develop the needed tools to assess the exposome. The former will help generate exposure data, improve metabolomic approaches, and facilitate clinical studies, while the latter will help synthesize the data into comprehensive computational models.