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Pan-Cohort Metabolomics – The future of population health

by | Feb 12, 2021 | Blog, Epidemiology

Summary – Virtual event on February 02nd, 2021

Metabolomics has the power to contribute significantly to shifting medical treatment from mainly untargeted one-size-fits-all therapies today to personalized treatments tomorrow.

Learning how large-scale studies can help us identify new dependencies between genomic disposition, exposomic risk factors and the metabolome has led us at biocrates to organize this virtual event.

You can learn through the expert talks how collaborative approaches can push the science of metabolomics forward on its route into day-to-day diagnostics. Furthermore, many of the speakers and their teams developed tools for multi-omics data integration.

With this event we hope to lay the groundwork for

  • more cohort-related collaborations and
  • contribute to shaping research networks on a truly global scale for a better understanding of health and disease.

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The take-aways from biocrates CBO and host Dr. Matthias Scheffler

  1. We’re on the edge of a really exciting new era in using metabolomics in population-based studies, to identify disease risk factors and open up powerful new opportunities for personalized treatments.
  2. The value of data lies in how we use and share it. We have been pointed to tools like JMorp, metabolomix, exposome explorer and omicscience. These are the first steps towards sharing harmonized data formats, essential for a more sustainable use of data, and following the FAIR principles of findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data.
  3. Collaboration is key if we are to generate the mega data sets needed for integrated metabolomics and other omics analysis.

Everyone of you can participate in collaborations and make your data accessible to others so we can all work towards a better understanding of health and disease. This is something the biocrates team is committed to do.

Do you want to know more about how metabolomics can contribute to your research or how to find cohorts for your study? We are here to help. Take a look at our blog or contact us.


Exposome-Explorer: Database by the International Agency for Research on Cancer dedicated to biomarkers of exposure to environmental risk factors for diseases. Aiming at providing comprehensive data on all known biomarkers of exposure to dietary factors, pollutants, and contaminants measured in population studies. Introduced by Dr. Augustin Scalbert.

Japanese Multi-Omics References Panel (JMorp): Reference database for Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Metagenomics and Genome-wide associations provided by Tohoku Megabank. Introduced by Prof. Dr. Seizo Koshiba.

Omicscience: Cross-platform genetic discovery of metabolism products from genome-wide meta-analyses of 174 blood metabolites across six cohorts and including over 80,000 participants. Introduced by Prof. Dr. Claudia Langenberg.

Metabolomix: The blog about metabolomics, genomics, and where the two fields meet introduced by Prof. Dr. Karsten Suhre.

Metabolomics for Biomedical Research: Book that brings together recent progress on study design, analytics, biostatistics and bioinformatics for the success of metabolomics research edited by Prof. (emer.) Dr. Jerzy Adamski.

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