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HEI Winter Update now available – February 2016 NEW  

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The Winter Update newsletter features the upcoming HEI Annual Conference (sign up now!), a new member of the Review Committee, and a Global Burden of Disease Workshop in Mumbai, India to calculate air pollution’s impact on global health. Also read about HEI’s study of changes in emissions in tunnels with the advent of new technology and HEI’s pending move to a new home. To download the newsletter, click here.

HEI publishes its Annual Report for 2015 – January 2016   

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The 2015 Annual Report – Vision 2020 – describes HEI’s partnership with government and industry to provide high-quality science to inform policy decisions about air quality and public health. The report highlights the vision underlying HEI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and outlines HEI’s contributions in the past year to important questions posed by its sponsors: effects at low pollution levels, traffic pollution, the risk of lung cancer from exposure to diesel engine emissions, and global effects of air pollution. The report also describes how HEI has employed its model for balanced science to design a research agenda for studying unconventional oil and gas development, using separate funding. To download the Annual Report, click here.
New HEI study highlights emissions, health benefits of US 2007/2010 and EURO VI/6 Diesel Engines – December 2015  


The new Executive Summary of the Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) summarizes the main findings of emissions and health testing of new technology heavy-duty diesel engines capable of meeting US 2007/2010 and EURO VI/6 diesel emissions standards. The results demonstrated the dramatic improvements in emissions and the absence of any significant health effects (especially cancer). ACES was the most comprehensive examination done to date of engines meeting the US 2007 and 2010 on-road standards. This new Executive Summary presents the main findings of all three phases of the project and places the results in the context of health risk assessment, noting that “the overall toxicity of exhaust from modern diesel engines is significantly decreased compared with the toxicity of emissions from traditional-technology diesel engines.” Press Release PDF. To download the Executive Summary, click here.
HEI publishes report on relationships between indoor, outdoor, and personal samples – December 2015  


Research Report 185, Analysis of Personal and Home Characteristics Associated with the Elemental Composition of PM2.5 in Indoor, Outdoor, and Personal Air in the RIOPA Study, describes a study by Dr. Patrick Ryan at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He used the RIOPA data – which HEI has made available to all scientists on the Web at https://riopa.aer.com to further explore relationships among the elemental composition of indoor, outdoor, and personal PM2.5 samples collected at participant's homes. His analyses included traditional and novel approaches to comparing the samples. To download HEI Research Report 185, including a Commentary by the HEI Review Committee, click here.
HEI releases long-anticipated review of diesel epidemiology studies – November 2015  

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An Expert Panel appointed by the HEI Board of Directors has completed its intensive review and analysis of the newest studies of mine and truck workers exposed to older diesel engine exhaust. In its report, HEI’s Diesel Epidemiology Panel concluded that the studies are well prepared and useful for applying the data to calculate the cancer risk due to exposure to diesel exhaust. The Panel noted, however, that efforts to apply these studies to estimate human risk at today’s ambient levels will need to consider the much lower levels of emission pollutants from newer diesel technology as well as the limitations they identified in each study. Press Release PDF. To download the Special Report or the Executive Summary click here.
HEI Fall Update now available – November 2015  


The Fall Update newsletter features new HEI studies to examine potential health effects at low-level pollution, an Expert Panel review of diesel exhaust studies, and a planned update by WHO of the Global Air Quality Guidelines. Also read about three new members of the Research Committee, a new look for the HEI website, and the 2015 recipient of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award. To download the newsletter, click here.
HEI issues Fall Research Agenda – October 2015  

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HEI has issued its Fall 2015 Research Agenda, which includes Request for Applications 15-1, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and Request for Preliminary Applications 15-2, Health Effects of Air Pollution. Read more..
HEI selects Rosenblith Award recipient – October 2015  
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Kymberly Gowdy, assistant professor in the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, has been selected as the recipient of HEI’s 2015 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award for her proposal “Scavenger Receptor B1 Regulates Oxidized Lipid Driven Pulmonary and Vascular Inflammation After Ozone Exposure." Read more..

HEI to hire Senior Scientist for global health program – July 2015  
HEI is seeking an accomplished individual to serve as Senior Scientist. In recent years, HEI staff have played a prominent role in the assessment of the global burden of diseases from air pollution; HEI is currently extending this work to estimate the burden of disease attributable to major sources of air pollution in select countries (e.g., China and India). The successful applicant will play a major role in these and other HEI international activities, and will also have opportunities to participate in the broad range of HEI programs aimed at identifying and understanding important air pollution issues in the developed world. For more information please click here.
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Special Scientific
Committee on
Oil and Gas

Final Research Agenda
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