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2014 Annual Report

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HEI Winter Update now available – February 2015 NEW

 

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The Winter Update newsletter features the release of a major report that found no evidence of lung cancer in rats after lifetime exposure to new-technology diesel exhaust, and registration information for HEI’s exciting upcoming Annual Conference in Philadelphia this May. Also read about progress on the strategic plan by the Committee on 21st Century Oil and Gas Development, highlights from the Better Air Quality meeting in Sri Lanka, and a request for nominations for membership of HEI's Research and Review Committees. To download the newsletter, click here.

 
 

HEI Annual Report now available – February 2015 NEW

 

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The 2014 Annual Report describes HEI’s partnership with scientists, government, industry, and the environmental community to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science to inform public policy decisions about air quality and public health. The report outlines HEI’s contributions in the past year to important questions posed by government and industry, including whether some sources of particles are more or less toxic than others, whether emissions from new-technology diesel engines are less harmful than those from older engines, and what global effects air pollution has on years of healthy life lost.To download the report, click here.

 
 

HEI report on lifetime animal exposure to new-technology diesel engine exhaust finds no evidence of lung cancer – January 2015 NEW

 



Research Report 184, Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES): Lifetime Cancer and Non-Cancer Assessment in Rats Exposed to New-Technology Diesel Exhaust, describes the first study to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of lifetime exposure to new-technology diesel exhaust (NTDE). The study was conducted by Drs. Jacob McDonald of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Jeffrey Bemis of Litron Laboratories, Lance Hallberg of the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Daniel Conklin of the University of Louisville, and their colleagues. Male and female rats were exposed for 80 hours per week, for up to 30 months, to emissions from a heavy-duty diesel engine meeting stringent 2007 U.S. standards that has greatly reduced particle emissions compared with pre-2007 engines. The investigators evaluated more than 100 different biologic endpoints, including tumor development, and compared the results with biologic effects seen in earlier studies in rats exposed to diesel exhaust from pre-2007 engines. For a Press Release, click here PDF. To download HEI Research Report 184, including a Commentary by the HEI ACES Review Panel, click here.

 
 

HEI issues Fall 2014 Research Agenda – December 2014

 



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  
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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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.

 
 
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