I’m happy to introduce you HEDIMED, a large research consortium which seeks for solutions to a huge medical and socio-economic problem – immune mediated diseases. These diseases are common, and increasing rapidly in developed countries, and environmental factors are driving this increase. However, many of these factors are still unknown, yet their identification would be the key to effective prevention. HEDIMED explores these factors by a unique joint research effort of 22 institutions and large birth cohorts studying various exposures during pregnancy and in early childhood. Our approach stems from the exposome concept which refers to the importance of all kinds of environmental exposures we face during our life. HEDIMED focuses on allergies, asthma, type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, as these diseases are common and start often in childhood. Moreover, the underlying mechanisms are believed to be similar in many other immune-mediated diseases.
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