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HEI releases long-anticipated review of diesel epidemiology studies – November 2015 NEW  

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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 NEW  


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 Summer Update now available – August 2015  
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The Summer Update newsletter features the upcoming executive summary of highlights from ACES testing of new-technology diesel engines, with very significant improvements in emissions, and recaps the HEI Annual Conference that showcased HEI science and emerging research areas. Also read about how the 21st Century Oil and Gas Development research agenda is taking shape, and a job opening for a Senior Scientist. To download the newsletter, click here.  

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.  

HEI publishes report on statistical methods for multipollutant mixtures – June 2015

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Research Report 183, New Statistical Methods for Analyzing Multiple Pollutants, Sources, and Health Outcomes, describes two studies which are the first result of HEI’s effort to spur innovation in how statistics are applied to analyze air pollution effects in a multi-pollutant world. The studies, which were conducted by Dr. Brent Coull of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. Eun Sug Park of Texas A&M University, and their colleagues, advance the use of Bayesian statistical methods to better disentangle the roles of individual pollutants in multipollutant exposures. To download HEI Research Report 183, including a Commentary by the HEI Review Committee, click here.

HEI Annual Conference 2015

May 3-5, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
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HEI launches Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 – May 2015


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HEI has launched its Strategic Plan for the coming five years, guiding HEI’s direction based on extensive input from sponsors, the scientific community, environmental organizations, and others. The Plan seeks to produce timely and credible science to inform key decisions with one overarching theme: informing decisions on air quality and on climate-driven technology for 2015-2020…and beyond. The four core program elements are addressing the continuing challenges of multipollutant science; improving science for decisions through accountability and transparency; assessing emerging fuels and technologies; and addressing global health issues. HEI also expects to infuse important cross-cutting issues into all that it does. To download the Plan, click here PDF.

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