Fall 2016 Update now available

October 19, 2016

The Fall 2016 Update reports on a new study that explored the impact of Southern California air quality regulations on children’s health. Also read about new HEI Review Committee member Jennifer Peel, upcoming requests for applications, and the sharing of HEI science at major Asian and European conferences.

HEI Welcomes Epidemiologist to Review Committee

September 30, 2016
The HEI Board of Directors has appointed environmental epidemiologist Jennifer L. Peel of Colorado State University (CSU) to the HEI Review Committee. The Review Committee evaluates all completed HEI studies and prepares a commentary or critique on each study and its results and interpretations that puts them in a broader scientific and policy context. Peel is a professor and section head of epidemiology in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at CSU. She also holds an appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health. She has more than 16 years of experience evaluating the health effects of air pollution — both ambient air pollution in the United States and household air pollution from biomass-burning cookstoves in Central America.  

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.