Health Effects Institute Annual Conference

April 7, to May 20, 2020

** 2020 Annual Conference has been canceled and is now replaced by a Webinar Series! **

 

Dear Colleague,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.

In lieu of our annual conference in Boston, HEI is pleased to announce a series of five webinars to be held in April and May 2020 (see below and in Program Downloads for dates).

The first webinar in the series “The Big Deal About Big Data, Causal Inference, and Accountability Research”, will be held on April 7th from 10am-12pm EDT (see details below and a flyer in Program Downloads). 

Register for Webinar 1 

Please share with your network of colleagues. Registration details for the other four webinars will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

Sessions

Webinar 1: The Big Deal about Big Data, Causal Inference, and Accountability Research

Apr 7 2020 - 10:00am

Chairs: Jennifer Peel, Colorado State University and HEI Review Committee, and Kiros Berhane, Columbia University and HEI Review Committee

Accountability research, or evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve air quality and public health, remains a topic of high interest. Although there have been some successes, showing effectiveness particularly at increasingly lower air pollution levels is challenging. This session will take stock of recent progress across the globe, including novel statistical approaches and big data; discuss the importance of accountability evidence for the causality debate; and explore what approaches are needed for future research.

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Annemoon van Erp, Health Effects Institute

10:05 AM

Accountability Studies: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Future Opportunities

Douglas W Dockery
,

Harvard University, USA

10:30 AM

Perspectives in Household Air Pollution Intervention Research in Middle- and Low-Income Countries

Jill Baumgartner
,

McGill University, Canada

10:55 AM

Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Environmental Health

Roger D Peng
,

Johns Hopkins University, USA

11:20 AM

The Big Deal About Big Data, Causal Inference, and Accountability Research: What’s Next?

Neil Pearce
,

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

11:45 AM

Question and Answer Period

Moderators: Kiros Berhane, Columbia University and Jennifer Peel, Colorado State University

12:00 PM

Webinar ends

Webinar 2: Particle Components and Associated Health Effects: Then and Now

Apr 29 2020 - 10:00am

Chairs: Frank Kelly, King’s College London and HEI Review Committee, and Jeffrey Brook, University of Toronto and HEI Research Committee

Evidence on the health effects of particulate matter has led regulatory agencies to establish mass-based ambient air quality standards for PM2.5. However, interest remains high in whether some chemical components or physical characteristics of the PM mixture are of greater public health concern. This session will present the state of the science related to PM2.5 components and other attributes, and discuss whether regulations based on any of these would be more protective of public health than the current PM-mass based approach.   

Speakers to be finalized.

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Allison Patton, Health Effects Institute

10:05 AM

Beyond PM2.5: Enduring Questions About Particle Composition and Physical Characteristics

Frank Kelly
,

King's College London, United Kingdom

10:25 AM

Remarks

Jason Sacks
,

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Bruce Copley
,

Independent Consultant, USA

10:40 AM

Integration of Global and Local Datasets for Particle Composition Exposure

Randall V. Martin
,

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

11:00 AM

Advances in Contributions of Toxicology to the Understanding of Particle Component Toxicity

Flemming Cassee
,

RIVM, the Netherlands

11:20 AM

Advances in Epidemiology of Multiple PM2.5 Components

Helen H Suh
,

Tufts University, USA

11:40 AM

Question & Answer Period

Moderator: Jeffrey Brook, University of Toronto
,

University of Toronto and HEI Research Committee

12:00 PM

Webinar ends

Webinar 3: Understanding Ultrafine Particles and Health: How Can We Make Progress?

May 5 2020 - 10:00am

Chairs: Allen Robinson, Carnegie Mellon University and HEI Research Committee, and David Foster, University of Wisconsin, Madison and HEI Research Committee

The contribution of ultrafine particle (UFP) exposure to health effects of the air pollutant mixture is an unresolved issue in air pollution research. Recent reviews of the UFP literature continue to identify many of the same challenges in measurement, exposure assessment, and health assessment that were previously identified by HEI’s 2013 review. This session will summarize those challenges, discuss areas of progress, and identify issues that need to be resolved by targeted research. 

Speakers to be finalized

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Eleanne van Vliet, Health Effects Institute

10:05 AM

Introduction

Allen L. Robinson
,

Carnegie Mellon University

10:10 AM

Ultrafine Particles: What Progress Have We Made and What Questions Remain?

Lidia Morawska
,

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

10:25 AM

Ultrafine Particles and Nervous System Effects: What Can Toxicological Evidence Tell Us?

Barbara J Buckley
,

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

10:40 AM

Trends in Inter- and Intraurban Ultrafine Particle Levels in the U.S.

Albert Presto
,

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

10:55 AM

International Approaches to Vehicular Emissions Regulation: Expectations and Realities

Tim Dallman
,

International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), USA

11:10 AM

Ultrafine Particles in a Changing Landscape of Engines and Emissions Control

Matti Maricq
,

Ford Motor Company, USA

11:25 AM

Question and Answer Period

Moderators: Allen Robinson, Carnegie Mellon University, and David Foster, University of Wisconsin–Madison

12:00 PM

Webinar ends

Webinar 4: Brain Health and Air Pollution

May 13 2020 - 10:00am

Chairs: Barbara Hoffmann, University of Düsseldorf and HEI Research Committee, and David Savitz, Brown University and HEI Research Committee

Globally, neurological disorders represent the second leading cause of death. While increasing evidence has emerged reporting an association between air pollution exposure and brain health throughout the life course, important research gaps remain. This session provides an overview of the relationship between air pollution and neurological effects in childhood and adolescence, and neurodegenerative disease in adulthood, as well as the physiological impacts on the brain that have been observed using recent neuroimaging techniques. 

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Anna Rosofsky, Health Effects Institute

10:05 AM

Air Pollution and the Brain: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Marc Weisskopf
,

Harvard University, USA

10:25 AM

Developmental Exposures to Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter Produce Pathological and Behavioral Features Shared by Multiple Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Deborah Cory-Slechta
,

University of Rochester, USA

10:45 AM

A Multimodal MRI Approach to Studying Air Pollution Exposure and Adolescent Neurodevelopment

Megan Herting
,

University of Southern California, USA

11:05 AM

Are We Ready to Call Air Pollution Exposure a Risk Factor for Dementia? An Update on the Evidence

Jennifer Weuve
,

Rush University

11:25 AM

Question & Answer Period

Moderators: Barbara Hoffman, University of Düsseldorf, and David Savitz, Brown University

12:00 PM

Webinar ends

Webinar 5: Inequalities of Air Pollution Exposures and Associated Health Effects in the U.S.

May 20 2020 - 12:00pm

Chairs: Jana Milford, University of Colorado and HEI Review Committee, and Michael Jerrett, University of California, Los Angeles, and HEI Review Committee

A growing body of research has examined inequitable distribution of air pollution exposure across racial and socioeconomic groups in the United States. Questions remain about which population groups are inequitably exposed and likely to benefit from air quality improvements. This session will provide an overview of social determinants of health and exposure in the United States, air pollution inequality research to date, and applications in epidemiological research and policy decisions.

 

12:00 PM

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Pallavi Pant, Health Effects Institute

12:05 PM

Introduction

Michael Jerrett
,

University of California–Los Angeles

12:10 PM

Social Determinants of Health: Concepts and Methods Relevant to Air Pollution

Sam Harper
,

McGill University

12:30 PM

Quantifying Air Pollution Exposure Inequality: Methods and Challenges

Jonathan I Levy
,

Boston University, USA

12:50 PM

The Role of Socioeconomic Status (SES) in Studies of Air Pollution and Health

Jane E Clougherty
,

Drexel University

1:10 PM

Assembly Bill 617 and the Quest for Democracy in Air Quality Management

Veronica Eady
,

California Air Resources Board, USA

1:30 PM

Question and Answer Period

Moderator: Jana Milford, University of Colorado

2:00 PM

Webinar ends

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Boston, MA 02210
United States
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