New studies on health effects of traffic-related pollution

February 20, 2018

HEI will fund three studies in a new research program aimed at assessing adverse health effects from exposure to traffic-related air pollution. The program’s request for applications (RFA 17-1), issued in January 2017, solicited studies that would consider such health effects and disentangle them from spatially correlated confounding or modifying factors — most notably, traffic noise, socioeconomic status (SES), and the built environment, including green space.

Energy Research Program launched

February 20, 2018

HEI kicked off its new Energy Research Program with a public meeting in January. Hosted by HEI’s new Energy Research Committee, the meeting brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss recommendations for Year 1 of the program, which will explore potential health effects associated with oil and natural gas development from unconventional resources.

Developing a dynamic 3D exposure model for air pollution in Hong Kong

February 9, 2018

HEI’s Research Report 194, A Dynamic Three-Dimensional Air Pollution Exposure Model for Hong Kong, describes a study led by Benjamin Barratt of King’s College London, United Kingdom, that developed a dynamic three-dimensional land-use regression model for Hong Kong and used it to estimate exposure to traffic-related air pollution.

Annual Report for 2017 now available

February 5, 2018

The 2017 Annual Report, A Voice for Accountability, describes the HEI model for delivering high-quality, impartial, and relevant science to inform public policy decisions about air quality and public health.

Workshop on major air pollution sources in India

January 25, 2018

In January 2018, HEI held a workshop in new Delhi, India to present the new HEI Special Report 21, Burden of Disease Attributable to Major Air Pollution Sources in India. The workshop agenda and presentations are now available. 

Estimating the burden of disease from air pollution in India

January 10, 2018

India has some of the highest levels of outdoor air pollution in the world. HEI Special Report 21, Burden of Disease Attributable to Major Air Pollution Sources in India, provides the first comprehensive analysis of the levels of fine particulate matter air pollution in India by source, and their impact on health. Read more..

New student and postdoc Travel Award to present at Annual Conference

January 8, 2018

For the first time, HEI is inviting applications for a Travel Award for its 2018 Annual Conference. Up to three award winners will be invited to present posters on their research at HEI’s conference in Chicago, Illinois from April 29 – May 2, 2018. Travel awards will be awarded on a competitive basis, upon review of the application and proposed abstract. The award covers the costs of conference registration, travel, hotel and meals. Please visit the Travel Award page for details.

HEI Issues RFA 17-3: Rosenblith New Investigator Award

December 6, 2017

HEI has issued RFA 17-3 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award. The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. Please refer to Funding Opportunities on how to apply.

Fall 2017 Update now available

October 17, 2017

In the Fall 2017 HEI Update, read about the new ways HEI is making study data accessible; a literature review that HEI will soon initiate on the effects of exposure to traffic-related air pollution; two new members of the HEI Review Committee; and a newly published summary of an HEI expert workshop on the effects of fuel composition on particulate matter emissions.

Examining air pollution and neurocognitive effects in older women

October 12, 2017

HEI has published Research Report 193, which describes a novel study of older women in the United States led by Jiu-Chiuan Chen of the University of Southern California. The investigators examined the possible association between long-term exposure to ambient particulate matter and changes in brain volumes and in neurocognitive outcomes, specifically mild cognitive impairment and dementia.