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Experts drive discussion of traffic-related air pollution

November 2019

Traffic Panel


Front row, from left: Eleanne van Vliet, Jennifer Weuve, Sharon Sagiv, Evi Samoli, Jeff Brook, Danielle Vienneau, Audrey Smargiassi, and Allison Patton. Back row, from left: Francesco Forastiere, Hanna Boogaard, Barbara Hoffmann, Richard Atkinson, Gerard Hoek, Fred Lurmann, Adam Szpiro, Greg Wellenius, Meltem Kutlar Joss, and Rashid Shaikh.

HEI’s Panel on the Health Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution met with HEI staff in Boston on October 30–31 to apply its systematic approach to search the epidemiological literature on long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and selected health outcomes, assess study quality, summarize results, and reach conclusions about the body of evidence, as reflected in its review protocol. The protocol has been largely based on standards set by the Cochrane Collaboration, the World Health Organization, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The protocol has been registered in Prospero.

The panel was appointed in 2018 by HEI’s Board of Directors following the publication of HEI’s well-cited 2010 critical review. HEI expects to publish the panel’s findings as a Special Report in Fall 2021. For more information, please see the Systematic Literature Review, or contact Hanna Boogaard at HEI (