Health Effects Institute Annual Conference

June 26, 2022 to June 28, 2022
As you know, this year’s HEI Annual Conference has been moved to June 26-28, 2022. It will be held in person at the Westin Washington, DC City Center Hotel. We hope that the warmer June weather will provide greater opportunities for outdoor dining and meetings, and give attendees a chance to safely meet, connect, and share.


We have planned an exciting program with innovative and wide-ranging themes such as risks to population health, issues of environmental justice, air pollution and climate change, and cutting-edge research methods.

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Note: HEI-funded investigators do not need to register.


Jane Warren Trainee Conference Awards

The awardees have been announced and we're excited to showcase their work at the Annual Conference in June. Learn more about the awardees and their abstracts here.

Virtual Sessions
We understand that not everyone will be able to attend this important conference in person. Therefore, we will be offering live virtual attendance options via Zoom platform for those not able to travel to Washington DC in June. Pricing for these virtual sessions will be $25 per session. Virtual registration links are available in the agenda below. 

For the safety and well-being of all conference participants, HEI requests that all in-person attendees be fully vaccinated and boosted. We will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. Currently, we are planning for an in-person event with the understanding that health impacts and related recommendations, such as masking, have the potential to change. We will follow guidance from the hotel as well as local and national public health experts and organizations.



Conference Opens

Jun. 26, 2022 - 10:00am

Welcome and Official Opening

Jun. 26, 2022 - 1:00pm
Speaker: Dan Greenbaum, HEI

Setting Ambient Air Quality Standards - What's Science Got To Do With It?

Jun. 26, 2022 - 1:10pm

Chairs: Barbara Hoffmann, University of Düsseldorf, Germany, Kiros T. Berhane, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA

The body of evidence on air pollution and health has led to increasingly large risk estimates associated with air pollution in the Global Burden of Disease, and more stringent Air Quality Guidelines from the World Health Organization in 2021. While evidence is increasing, actual adoption of enforceable air quality standards varies for countries and regions around the world, and the resulting standards span a wide range. This session will discuss and contrast air quality standard-setting processes in the United States and Europe, the driving forces in each case, and plans for potential changes to future standards in the context of the new WHO guidelines.

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1:10 PM Welcome and Introduction

  • Barbara Hoffmann
    , University of Düsseldorf, Germany and HEI Research Committee

1:15 PM Contrast the differences in approach between US and Europe to synthesizing evidence and using instruments to regulate air quality

  • Daniel S. Greenbaum

    Health Effects Institute

1:25 PM Scientific evidence and decision-making process in the development of the new WHO Air Quality Guidelines

  • Dorota Jarosinska

    WHO Regional Office For Europe

1:45 PM Current efforts underway to revise ambient air quality standards: National Ambient Air Quality Standards in the US

  • Erika Sasser

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2:05 PM Current efforts underway to revise ambient air quality standards: Air Quality Directives in Europe – zero-pollution action plan and European Green deal

  • Thomas Henrichs

    European Commission, Directorate General  Environment

  • Francois Wakenhut

    European Commission

2:25 PM Perspective from a member of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) on environmental justice issues

  • Christina Hemphill Fuller

    Georgia State University

2:40 PM Discussion

Announcing the winners of the Jane Warren Award

Jun. 26, 2022 - 3:10pm

Poster Session 1 and Jane Warren Poster Discussion

Jun. 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Opening Reception and Dinner

Jun. 26, 2022 - 6:00pm

HEI Progress and Future Directions

Jun. 27, 2022 - 8:30am

Chairs: David Savitz, Brown University, and Melissa Perry, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

We will present an overview of current projects at HEI, including HEI’s new literature review on traffic-related air pollution, continuing collaborative research on health effects at low exposure concentrations, new research underway for our core air pollution and energy programs, and updates on our global health program.

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8:30 AM Systematic review of selected health effects of long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution

  • Hanna Boogaard
    , Health Effects Institute

8:55 AM Investigating determinants of the magnitude and shape of the associations between long-term PM2.5 exposure and mortality: Harmonized analyses in three large studies in Canada, United States and Europe

  • Jie Chen

    Harvard University

9:20 AM Updates on HEI’s Core, Energy, and Global Health programs

  • Ellen K. Mantus
    , Health Effects Institute
  • Donna J. Vorhees
    , Health Effects Institute
  • Pallavi Pant
    , Health Effects Institute

Getting from A to B: Emerging Trends in Mobility

Jun. 27, 2022 - 10:30am

Chairs: Gregory Wellenius, Boston University School of Public Health, and Sara D. Adar, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Widespread changes to local and regional patterns in human mobility and goods movement have occurred in recent years. This session will describe changing trends in mobility, including public transportation and active mobility, electrification of motor vehicles, and goods movement. It will broadly discuss new insights and trends, including among others how the COVID pandemic has accelerated or modified some of those trends. The session will also consider long-term effects on air quality and health, as well as associated inequities among specific subpopulations in the United States.

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10:30 AM Introduction - A turn in the road? Mobility trends and air quality

  • Gregory Wellenius
    , Boston University and HEI Research Committee

10:35 AM How we move: Changing commuting modes and household travel patterns

  • Gloria Jeff

    Minnesota DOT

10:58 AM Are warehouses closing in? New spatial patterns in ecommerce and equity implications

  • Travis Fried

    University of Washington

11:21 AM Exploring the role of electric vehicles in future mobility

  • Benjamin Leard

    University of Tennessee

11:44 AM Planning for a new mobility future

  • Bill Eisele

    Texas A&M

12:07 PM Panel Discussion

Poster Session 2

Jun. 27, 2022 - 1:30pm

Air Pollution and the Immune System

Jun. 27, 2022 - 3:30pm

Chairs: Ivan Rusyn, Texas A&M University, and Evangelia Samoli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Disruption of the immune system is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. These may include hypersensitivity, cancer, auto-immune disorders, and increased infection vulnerability and severity. Toxicological and clinical studies suggest air pollution exposure can adversely affect numerous innate and adaptive immune system pathways. Therefore, understanding how air pollution affects immune function is critical to not only understanding the biological mechanism underlying many diseases, but also potential prevention and treatment strategies. This session will highlight research examining immune system responses to ambient and indoor air pollution levels including high exposures from specific sources, such as wildfire smoke or household characteristics and activities.

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3:30 PM Welcome and Introduction

  • Evangelia Samoli

    University of Athens, and HEI Research Committee

3:35 PM Acute air pollution and respiratory infection, including COVID-19

  • Francesco Forastiere

    Imperial College London

3:55 PM Air pollution exposure and altered immune response to respiratory viral infection

  • Ilona Jaspers

    UNC Chapel Hill

4:15 PM Long-term air pollution exposure and immune dysfunction in children

  • Kari Nadeau

    Stanford University

Improving Global Public Health through Actions on Energy, Air Quality, and Climate

Jun. 28, 2022 - 8:30am

Chair: Michal Krzyzanowski, Imperial College London, UK, and Kalpana Balakrishnan, Sri Ramachandra University, India

Policies addressing energy access and use and improvement of air quality bring both climate and public health benefits. Globally, the use of solid fuels, such as biomass and coal, in the residential sector accounts for nearly 20% of emissions of fine particles and more than 700,000 deaths, with the largest burden in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, the use of wood or pellets, promoted as a renewable and affordable energy source, is becoming an important source of pollution in many cities, especially in high-income countries. This session will bring together a variety of global perspectives on the relationships between household energy, air quality, climate, and health, and will explore pathways used by various regions to address the issues surrounding household energy use.

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8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

  • Kalpana Balakrishnan

    Sri Ramachandran University, India

8:40 AM Energy access and use of solid fuels for cooking and heating

  • Heather Adair-Rohani

    World Health Organization

9:05 AM Bioenergy choices and implications for climate, air quality and health

  • Rob Bailis

    Stockholm Environmental Institute, USA

9:30 AM Panel Discussion

  • Asmau Jibril

    Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria

  • Sumi Mehta

    Vital Strategies, USA

  • Shonali Pachauri

    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria   

  • Ana Stojilovska

    Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary

  • Paul Wilkinson

    London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, UK

The “Climate Penalty”: How Heat and Carbon Dioxide Influence Ozone Exposures and Health, Part 1*

Jun. 28, 2022 - 11:15am

Chairs: Jennifer Peel, Colorado State University, and Jeff Brook, University of Toronto

Climate change produces changes in local temperatures and patterns of cloud cover, biogenic emissions, and large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.  All of these can increase ground-level ozone concentrations in large areas of the United States and elsewhere. This session examines the effects of climate-related changes in ground-level ozone, exposure patterns and their primary drivers, and the resulting risks to human health associated with both acute and long-term exposures.  This session also discusses challenges that regulators and policymakers encounter when setting national ozone standards.

*Please note that this session will be held in 2 parts, with a 1-hour break for lunch from 12:15pm – 1:15pm. Registration and payment for the virtual session includes both parts.

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11:15 AM Welcome and Introduction

  • Jennifer L. Peel
    , Colorado State University and HEI Review Committee

11:20 AM The drivers of increasing ozone concentrations

  • Noelle Selin

    Massachusettes Institute of Technology

11:47 AM Challenges for regulators and policymakers

  • George (Tad) Aburn, Jr.

    Maryland Department of the Environment

12:15 PM Lunch Break

The “Climate Penalty”: How Heat and Carbon Dioxide Influence Ozone Exposures and Health, Part 2

Jun. 28, 2022 - 1:15pm

1:15 PM Exposure assessment

  • Liuhua Shi

    Emory University

1:42 PM Health effects of increasing ozone exposure

  • Michelle C Turner


Conference Adjourns

Jun. 28, 2022 - 2:30pm
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

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