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Health Effects Institute
2014 Annual Conference

May 4-6, 2014

Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

Keynote Speaker Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine
Luncheon Speaker Michael Walsh, Founding Chair of the International Council on Clean Transportation
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Scientific Program (updated 4/7/14)
Sunday, May 4
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Conference Opening
Dan Greenbaum, HEI
1:05 PM The Future of Mobility
Chairs: Michael Brauer, University of British Columbia and HEI Review Committee, and Dan Greenbaum
In an increasingly urban world, a key challenge faced by cities is providing transportation systems that our economies and inhabitants of all ages and abilities can rely on far into the future. Growing populations and numbers of vehicles are straining transportation systems, reducing mobility, and adding to existing concerns about air quality and climate change. In this session we will explore emerging multimodal approaches toward these sometimes competing objectives — new fuels and engine technologies, options for sharing vehicles, increased use of physically active modes of transport, and changes in urban planning — and discuss the implications for health, climate, and economic growth.
1:05 PM Introduction and Overview
Michael Brauer and Dan Greenbaum
1:10 PM The Need for a New Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Mobility and Urban Infrastructure
Geoffrey Anderson, Smart Growth America
1:35 PM Trends in Emerging Technologies and Fuels — Implications for Emissions and Air Quality
Thomas Cackette, Formerly of the California Air Resources Board
2:00 PM Revolutionizing Mobility: Connected and Self-Driving Vehicles
Richard Wallace, Center for Automotive Research
2:25 PM Break
2:45 PM Active Modes of Transport: Risks and Benefits for Air Quality and Health
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain
3:10 PM San Francisco: A Case Study in the Future of Sustainable Transportation in Cities
Timothy Papandreou, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
3:35 PM Moderated Discussion
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Poster Session 1
6:00 PM Reception and Dinner
8:00 PM Keynote Speaker
  Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Monday, May 5
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM HEI Update
Chairs: David Eaton, University of Washington–Seattle and Chair, HEI Research Committee, and Homer Boushey, University of California-San Francisco and Chair, HEI Review Committee
We will introduce members of the HEI scientific committees and briefly present progress in HEI's current research projects, review programs, and publications. A main feature of this session will be presentation of the recently completed study, ACES Phase 3: Final Results from Lifetime Animal Exposures to a 2007-Compliant Diesel Engine, followed by a discussion of the results by a member of the ACES Review Panel. The recipient of the 2013 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award will also be introduced.
8:30 AM Introduction of the HEI Research Committee, David Eaton
Introduction of the HEI Review Committee, Homer Boushey
Introduction of the Recipient of the 2013 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, Geoffrey Sunshine, HEI
8:45 AM

Report on Progress in HEI’s Research and Publications
Rashid Shaikh, HEI

9:00 AM

Final Results from Lifetime Animal Exposures to a 2007-Compliant Diesel Engine (ACES Phase 3B)
Jacob McDonald, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

9:30 AM

Overview of Comments from the HEI ACES Review Panel
Homer Boushey

9:50 AM

General Discussion

10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Can We Breathe More Easily? Chronic Respiratory Disease and Air Pollution
Chairs: David Christiani, Harvard School of Public Health and HEI Research Committee, and Mark Frampton, University of Rochester Medical Center and HEI Review Committee
Chronic respiratory diseases are a growing cause of lost years of healthy life around the globe. This session will focus on two chronic respiratory conditions — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Both diseases have been associated with air pollution exposure, but the role played by air pollution in their incidence remains uncertain. Speakers will discuss what is currently known about the prevalence of these conditions, their clinical manifestations, their mechanistic pathways, the role air pollution may play, and how additional research could reduce uncertainties.
10:30 AM

David Christiani

10:35 AM

Air Pollution Effects on Chronic Respiratory Outcomes
John Balmes, University of California–San Francisco

11:00 AM

Air Pollution and COPD: Dangerous Villain but Wrong Victim?
Peter Burney, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

11:30 AM

Possible Links Among Asthma, Air Pollution, and the Environmental Microbiome
Homer Boushey

12:00 PM

Summary and Research Needs
Mark Frampton, University of Rochester

12:10 PM

General Discussion

12:30 PM Lunch and Presentation

World Transport and Air Quality: The View Ahead
Michael Walsh, Founding Chair, International Council on Clean Transportation

1:45 PM Poster Session 2
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Multipollutant Research: Challenges and Progress
Chairs: Francesca Dominici, Harvard School of Public Health and HEI Research Committee, and Lianne Sheppard, University of Washington–Seattle and HEI Review Committee
Investigators interested in relationships between airborne pollutants and human healthhave long faced challenges in estimating the effects of individual pollutants and their interactions in complex multipollutant atmospheres. Correlations among pollutant concentrations over time and geographic space, possible interactions among pollutants, and differences in the availability of data for individual pollutants pose enormous statistical challenges. In this session, presenters will describe the motivations for developing a multipollutant approach, examine recent progress in methods development, and explore remaining challenges and future directions.
3:30 PM


3:45 PM

EPA Multipollutant Initiatives: Objectives and Challenges
Karen Wesson , US Environmental Protection Agency

4:15 PM

Developments in Multipollutant Methods Research for Air Pollution Studies — US EPA, HEI, and Beyond
Brent Coull, Harvard School of Public Health

4:45 PM

Panel Discussion of Future Challenges and Directions in Multipollutant Analysis
Panelists: Karen Wesson, Brent Coull, John Molitor, Oregon State University, Eun Sug Park, Texas A&M University, Bhramar Mukherjee, University of Michigan, Adam Szpiro, University of Washington, and others to be announced

5:30 PM Free Evening
Tuesday, May 6
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM New Directions in Air Pollution Research and Risk Assessment
Chairs: David Eaton, and Stephanie London, National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety and HEI Review Committee
Recent advances have improved both the type and complexity of information available for life sciences research. This session will focus on new approaches that are being applied in air pollution research and risk assessment. It will provide a perspective on how technologies to assess exposure and health are evolving; information on new tools for improving personal exposure assessment and for obtaining individual-level health data for population-based studies; and a discussion of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s new methods in the Next Generation (NexGen) of Risk Assessment.
8:30 AM

From the Clean Air Act to the Present Day — How “New Directions In Air Pollution Research” Have Evolved
Joel Kaufman, University of Washington–Seattle

9:00 AM

Is Personal Exposure Assessment on a Population Basis Ready for Prime Time?
Edmund Seto, University of Washington–Seattle

9:30 AM

Life After Genome-Wide Association Studies — The Future of Population-Based Studies
Stephanie London

10:00 AM


10:20 AM

New Approaches to Risk Assessment — Ozone As a Case Study
Robert Devlin, US Environmental Protection Agency

10:50 AM

NexGen — Are We There Yet?
Julie Goodman, Gradient

11:05 AM

General Discussion

11:25 AM

Concluding Comments
David Eaton

11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM The HEI Strategic Plan for 2015–2020
Chairs: Dan Greenbaum and Robert O’Keefe, HEI
HEI’s draft blueprint for the future, the HEI Strategic Plan for 2015–2020, will be presented and discussed. Conference participants are encouraged to suggest and comment on upcoming policy decisions for which enhanced science will be needed and on priorities for HEI’s research programs and other activities during the next 5 years.
3:00 PM Conference Adjourns
Meeting Rates and Registration
HOTEL NOT INCLUDED. For US Government employee, graduate student, and post-doctoral fellow rates, please contact Robert Shavers at HEI.
To register, please complete the Conference Registration form
pdf and fax or email to Robert Shavers at +1-617-488-2335 or rshavers@healtheffects.org.
Full Conference
  Sunday Afternoon Through Tuesday
Includes all meals, Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch, except Monday dinner.
Single Day  
Sunday Includes lunch, breaks, reception, and dinner. $230
Monday Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks. $230
Tuesday Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks. $230
Hotel Information

To reserve a room at the Westin Alexandria, click here (you will leave the HEI website).

Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA, 22314-5700 USA

HEI’s special group rate is $199, plus tax, for single or double room. Please book your room either online or call the hotel at +1-800-228-3000 or +1-703-253-8600 and mention Health Effects Institute to obtain the group rate.

Contact Information
Robert Shavers
Health Effects Institute
101 Federal Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02110-1817, USA
Telephone: +1-617-488-2308
Fax: +1-617-488-2335
E-mail: rshavers@healtheffects.org

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