Air Pollution and Pregnancy Outcomes in Wuhan, China

September 28, 2016

HEI Research Report 189 describes a study by Dr. Zhengmin Qian conducted in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in China. Wuhan experiences temperature extremes and generally has higher air pollution levels than those seen in the United States and Europe. Dr. Qian examined whether increased exposures to air pollutants (particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and ozone) during vulnerable pregnancy periods were associated with increased rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, or intrauterine growth retardation, using both a cohort and nested case-control design.

Stay Tuned for New RFAs

September 12, 2016
This upcoming fall and winter, HEI will issue three requests for applications (RFAs) soliciting new research. Watch for updates at Funding Opportunities. The three requests are: 
  • RFA 16-1: Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award
  • RFA 17-1: Assessing Adverse Health Effects of Exposure to Traffic: Air Pollution, Noise, and Interactions with Socioeconomic Status
  • RFA 17-2: Health Effects of Air Pollution 

More Readers Find HEI’s Quality Science a Click Away

September 6, 2016

New user statistics for HEI’s Web site show that people downloaded HEI publications on air pollution and health more than 170,000 times in 2015, and that they have been consulting these publications at an increasing rate. From 2011 to 2015, downloads of HEI Special Reports, Research Reports, Perspectives, and other materials published by the institute increased by nearly 58 percent. 

New and Improved HEI Web Site!

September 6, 2016

HEI’s newly redesigned Web site went live in mid-August. In addition to a fresh new look, you will find these helpful features: Easier navigation and cross-linking of information; enhanced search function; Buttons for sharing via social media; Dedicated pages for our top-priority work; and much more. We welcome your feedback. 

HEI is hiring two staff scientists

August 24, 2016

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) seeks two strong candidates with expertise in epidemiology and in exposure assessment to play a central role in HEI’s work on air pollution and health in North America, Europe, and around the world. They will work closely with HEI’s scientific staff, Director of Science, President, and Vice President in an intellectually engaging and collaborative work environment located in the heart of Boston’s downtown. Please refer to Careers for more information. 

Burden of Disease in China from Coal-burning and Other Sources

August 18, 2016

Special Report 20, Burden of Disease Attributable to Coal-Burning and Other Major Sources of Air Pollution in China, provides the first comprehensive assessment of the current and predicted burdens of disease attributable to coal-burning and other major sources of particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) in China at the national and provincial levels.