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HEI Annual Conference 2015

May 3-5, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
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Photo Courtesy of B. Krist, Visit Philadelphia

HEI Summer Update now available – August 2015 NEW
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 publishes report on statistical methods for multipollutant mixtures – June 2015
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 Spring Update now available – May 2015
The Spring Update newsletter features the release of HEI’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, an upcoming report on novel statistical methods for studying multipollutant mixtures, and the joint meeting of HEI sponsors and the Health Research Committee to discuss the path forward. Also read about HEI science highlighted at EPA PM workshops, the 2014 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Awardee, and an article in JA&WMA about the HEI NPACT initiative. To download the newsletter, click here.

HEI launches Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 – May 2015
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.

HEI Winter Update now available – February 2015
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
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
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
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.

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