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HEI issues Fall 2014 Research Agenda – December 2014 NEW

 



The Fall 2014 Research Agenda is now available, which includes Request for Applications (RFA) 14-3, Assessing Health Effects of Long-term Exposure to Low Levels of Ambient Air Pollution, and RFA 14-4, Walter A. Rosenbltih New Investigator Award. For more information visit our Funding page. To download the Fall 2014 RFA booklet, click here PDF.

 
 
HEI Special Scientific Committee hosts second workshop following the release of its draft interim report – December 2014 NEW  
Special Scientific Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas

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The HEI Special Scientific Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development hosted its second in a series of three workshops on the potential impacts of 21st century oil and gas development in the Appalachian Basin. Workshop participants from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations heard from speakers knowledgeable about potential impacts on communities and trends in oil and gas industry practice and technology. The workshop was timed to allow for participant feedback on the Committee’s draft interim report - The Potential Impacts of 21st Century Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin: First Steps Toward a Strategic Research Plan PDF and to receive input regarding research needs and criteria for prioritizing research needs prior to development of the Committee’s final product, the Strategic Research Plan. To access workshop materials, click here PDF.  
 
HEI publishes report on mechanisms of lung tissue repair after PM exposure – November 2014  
Research Report 182, Synergistic Effects of Particulate Matter and Substrate Stiffness on Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition, is a study focused on lung tissue repair processes after inflammation and injury resulting from exposure to particulate matter (PM) from combustion sources. Dr. Thomas H. Barker of Georgia Institute of Technology, a recipient of HEI’s Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and his colleagues tested the hypotheses that alveolar epithelial cells grown on substrates of increasing stiffness would transition to mesenchymal cells — an early step along the pathway to fibrosis — and that the addition of fine PM would enhance these effects. To download HEI Research Report 182, including a Critique by the HEI Health Review Committee, click here.  
 
HEI seeks comments on revised Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – October 2014  

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2015 HEI Annual Conference

May 3-5, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

After releasing a draft Strategic Plan for the period 2015 through 2020 in April 2014, HEI has received valuable feedback from its stakeholders, scientific committees, and the broader scientific community. HEI is now seeking input on its revised Strategic Plan PDF before finalizing it. Please send your suggestions to Dan Greenbaum or Rashid Shaikh by November 15, 2014.
 
     
HEI Fall Update now available – October 2014  

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The Fall 2014 Update newsletter features the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which outlines HEI's course for the next 5-year period and beyond; an upcoming RFA seeking new epidemiologic studies at low concentrations of ambient air pollution; and progress on HEI's multicenter ozone study. The newsletter also features HEI's launch of a new international project on the global burden of disease from specific major air pollution sources. To download the newsletter, click here.

 
 
HEI publishes report on ultrafine particles in and around diesel school buses – March 2014  

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Research Report 180, Characterizing Ultrafine Particles and Other Air Pollutants In and Around School Buses, describes a study that assessed levels of ultrafine particles and other pollutants around diesel engine school buses and identified factors contributing to those levels. Dr. Yifang Zhu at the University of California–Los Angeles, a recipient of HEI’s Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, measured pollutant levels in and around school buses while driving, while idling, before and after retrofitting with a diesel particle filter and/or oxidation catalyst, and before and after installing an in-cabin filtration system. To download HEI Research Report 180, including a Critique by the HEI Health Review Committee, click here
 
     
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