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HEI releases long-anticipated review of diesel epidemiology studies – November 2015 NEW
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
HEI has issued its Fall 2015 Research Agenda, which includes RFA 15-1, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and RFPA 15-2, Health Effects of Air Pollution. Read more..

HEI selects Rosenblith Award recipient – October 2015
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
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 Annual Conference 2015

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

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 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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