The Health Effects Institute
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award
The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative
investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution.
It will provide three years of funding for a small project relevant to
HEIs research interests to a
new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent
level. For information on HEIs current research priorities, applicants
should consult HEI's Strategic
. HEI expects to
provide one or more awards from this RFA each year, depending on the number
and quality of applications and available funding. The evaluation
process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background
of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the
research environment of the applicant.
This award is named for Professor Walter A. Rosenblith
(1913-2002), who served as the first Chair of HEI's Research Committee (from
1980 to 1989) and as a member of the HEI Board of Directors from 1990 to 1996.
Professor Rosenblith's vision of science and standard of excellence enabled
HEI to quickly develop a strong scientific program. At his urging, HEI
developed a program that not only funds research that would contribute needed
scientific information for regulation, but also research to strengthen the
fundamental science related to environmental issues. Professor Rosenblith
supported activities intended to attract people engaged in more basic
scientific research so that they might bring new tools and new ideas to
Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or
equivalent are eligible to apply. At the time of application the candidate
should have two to six years of research experience after obtaining the
highest degree and must be in an entry-level position at an academic institution
(generally assistant professor level) or its equivalent in a research institution.
Evidence that the candidate's institution is prepared to make a tangible
commitment to helping the awardee become established as an independent investigator
is required as part of the application. Candidates should possess outstanding
research potential. Evidence of this potential, in the form of written letters
of support and the candidates publication record, is an essential part
of the application materials and will be valued equally with the scientific
Please note that an applicant who does not meet all
eligibility requirements will not be considered for this award. HEI will not review
applications from individuals with more than six years research experience
after obtaining the highest degree.
Time spent on non-research activities, such as medical residencies without a research
component, may be excluded, however. Applicants should
contact HEI to discuss their eligibility.
Please contact Dr. Geoffrey Sunshine if you have questions (Phone: +1 617 488 2303). For
the full text of the Award please refer to the current RFA booklet
on HEI's funding page.
|List of Awardees
||Awardee and Project Title
Dominici, Johns Hopkins University
"Air pollution and daily mortality in a national sampling frame "
Meng, Battelle Toxicology Northwest
"Mutagenicity of stereochemical configurations of 1,3-butadiene
epoxy metabolites in human cells"
Schauer, University of Wisconsin
"Source apportionment and speciation of particulate matter to
support exposure and health studies"
Borchers, University of Cincinnati
"T cell subpopulations regulate airway inflammation and injury
following acrolein exposures"
Bell, Yale University
"Assessment of the mortality effects of
particulate matter characteristics"
Uludag University, Turkey
"Molecular adsorption at PM surfaces: a compelling PM toxicity mediation
||Jonathan Levy, Harvard
School of Public Health
"Using geographic information systems
to evaluate heterogeneity in indoor and outdoor concentrations of
West Virginia University
"Pulmonary particulate matter exposure and systemic microvascular function"
Harvard School of Public Health
"Integrating monitoring and satellite
data to retrospectively estimate monthly PM2.5 concentrations in the
eastern United States"
University of Louisville
"Activation of endothelial cells and
gene expression in lungs following exposure to ultrafine particles"
University of Iowa
"Development and application of a personal exposure screening model for
size-resolved urban aerosols"
||Yifang Zhu, Texas
A&M University Kingsville
"Assessing children's exposure to ultrafine particles from vehicular emissions"
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Extracellular matrix stiffness associated with pulmonary fibrosis
sensitizes alveolar epithelial cells"
University of Southern California
"Particulate air pollutants, risk of cognitive disorders, and
neuropathology in the elderly"
||Jun Wu, University of California—Irvine
"Adverse reproductive health outcomes and exposures to gaseous and particulate matter air pollution in pregnant women"
||Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit, University of Birmingham, UK
"Use of real-time sensors to assess misclassification and to identify main sources contribution to peak and chronic exposures"
||Richard Peltier, University of Massachusetts—Amherst
"Development of a new method for measurement of reactive oxygen species associated with PM2.5 exposure"
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