Health Effects Institute Annual Conference

April 30, to May 2, 2017

The 2017 HEI Annual Conference will be held in Alexandria, Virginia from April 30-May 2, 2017.
The Preliminary Program and registration information can be found below. A more detailed program will be posted soon.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Registration includes meals and breaks, starting with Sunday lunch, except Monday dinner (free evening).
Registration price does not include hotel.
For U.S. Government and student rates, please contact Robert Shavers at HEI. Student rates are available to full-time, currently enrolled students (please bring student ID to the Conference to collect Registration packet).

Sessions

Where Are Vehicles and Fuels Headed in the 21st Century?

Apr 30 2017 - 1:00pm

Chairs: David Foster, University of Wisconsin, and Daniel Greenbaum, Health Effects Institute

Transformations are under way in vehicles and fuels in the United States and around the world, prompted in part by current regulatory mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the near term — through 2025–2030 — this will mean much greater use of fuel-efficient gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, “lower carbon” fuels, and many other approaches. Over the longer term — 2025 and beyond — increasingly wider use of electric-drive vehicles has the potential for broad shifts in vehicles and mobility. This session will explore what we know about advantages and challenges of the main technology and fuel options, and potential implications for air quality and public health.

Poster Session I

Apr 30 2017 - 4:15pm

Reception

Apr 30 2017 - 6:00pm

Making Sense of Sensor Data: Promises and Pitfalls

May 1 2017 - 8:30am

Chairs: Jeff Brook, Environment Canada and University of Toronto, and Lianne Sheppard, University of Washington–Seattle

Air pollution sensors and smartphone apps are revolutionizing the way we can monitor environmental exposures and health outcomes in community studies. These novel technologies are inexpensive, easy to use, and portable, and can provide high temporal and spatial resolution; on the other hand, there are questions on data quality, analysis, interpretation, and communication. This session will discuss the current state of the art of sensor technologies, the challenges of their wider use (such as their application in “citizen science”), and how they may advance exposure assessment for health studies.

HEI Update

May 1 2017 - 11:00am

Chairs: David Eaton, University of Washington–Seattle, and James Merchant, University of Iowa

HEI will present progress of its research programs and publications. Highlights will include a presentation of a recently completed accountability study in the Southeastern United States and plans for new research on the effects of traffic-related air pollution and unconventional oil and gas development. We will also introduce the recipient of the 2016 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award.

Poster Session 2

May 1 2017 - 1:30pm

A New Vision for Accountability Research?

May 1 2017 - 3:15pm

Chairs: Francesca Dominici, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jennifer Peel, Colorado State University

There is a long-standing interest in evaluating the effectiveness of air quality interventions in reducing air pollution and improving public health. To date, “accountability” studies have had varying degrees of success in relating regulatory actions to outcomes. To encourage potential new research in this area, this session hopes to bring fresh insights for methods and approaches in accountability research, taking into account the challenges encountered.

Free Evening

May 1 2017 - 5:00pm

The Double Life of NO2 - Ozone Precursor and Ambient Pollutant

May 2 2017 - 8:30am

Chairs: Jana Milford, University of Colorado–Boulder, and Bert Brunekreef, University of Utrecht

The oxidant gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a regulated criteria pollutant, is the indicator for the larger group of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emitted from combustion sources. NOx react with volatile organic compounds in sunlight to form ozone (O3). This session will examine two separate scientific debates that have implications for future regulations of NOx and NO2: one related to the accuracy of NOx emission inventories and the challenge in modeling the formation of O3 in the troposphere, and the other related to the question of whether NO2 has independent health effects or is more likely an indicator of the broader traffic mixture.

PM Matters - What More Do We Need to Know?

May 2 2017 - 1:30pm

Chairs: Barbara Hoffmann, University of Düsseldorf, Germany, and Mark Frampton, University of Rochester Medical Center

The United States and other countries have made progress in reducing levels of ambient particulate matter (PM), thanks to regulation and the technological innovation in the automotive and other industries. Further progress is expected when additional rules are fully implemented by 2030. In this session, experts from various disciplines will share perspectives on where PM science is, and identify potential key knowledge gaps where research may provide further insight and leverage for future decisions about the PM standard.

Conference Adjourns

May 2 2017 - 2:45pm
Location
The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
Registration Form
Program Downloads
Full Conference

Sunday Through Tuesday.

Includes all meals and breaks, Sunday lunch through Tuesday lunch, except Monday dinner.

$695
Single Day
Sunday Includes lunch, breaks, reception, and dinner
$290
Monday Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
$290
Tuesday Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
$290
Accommodations

The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
The HEI special group rate is $215.00, plus tax, for a single or double room.
Reservations can be made online here or call the hotel at +1-866-837-4210 and mention Health Effects Institute to obtain the group rate.
Please book your room by Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

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