Air Pollution

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HEI issues RFA 20-1 Health Effects of Air Pollution

January 16, 2020

HEI has issued Request for Applications 20-1, Health Effects of Air Polution, to invite applications on novel and important aspects of the health effects of air pollutants. HEI is particularly interested in applications on the following topics: accountability or effectiveness of air quality regulations; strengthening causal interpretation of evidence from existing cohorts; and contributions of wildland and agricultural burning to air quality and health. Read more..

New HEI accountability studies underway soon

January 14, 2020

HEI is embarking on a third wave of studies under its accountability research program to assess whether actions to improve air quality have been effective in improving public health. Read about 4 new studies that will start in 2020. 

Yangtze River Delta study analyzes impacts of shipping on air quality and health

December 18, 2019

Special Report 22 describes a study led by a team of investigators from Fudan and Tsinghua Universities, other Chinese research institutions, and HEI scientists Allison Patton and Katherine Walker, as part of HEI’s Global Health Program. The report provides an analysis of emissions from shipping and related activities and their impacts on air quality and health in the Yangtze River Delta and Shanghai.

Two new Rosenblith Awardees selected for 2019

December 17, 2019

HEI is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2019 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award are Tanya Alderete, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Colorado, and Megan Herting, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC).

HEI issues request for Rosenblith Award applications

December 16, 2019

HEI has issued RFA 19-2, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award. This RFA solicits proposals from promising candidates at the Assistant Professor level for research on air pollution and health. HEI also expects to issue an open-ended RFA on air pollution and health in January 2020. Please check our Funding page for updates.  

Special Report 22
Yan Zhang
Junlan Feng
Cong Liu
Junri Zhao
Weichun Ma
Cheng Huang
Jingyu An
Yin Shen
Qingyan Fu
Shuxiao Wang
Dian Ding
Wangqi Ge
Freda Fung
Kethural Manokaran
Allison P. Patton
Katherine D. Walker
Haidong Kan
December 2019

Special Report 22 describes a study led by a team of investigators from Fudan and Tsinghua Universities, other Chinese research institutions, and HEI scientists Allison Patton and Katherine Walker, as part of HEI’s Global Health Program. The report provides an analysis of emissions from shipping and related activities and their impacts on air quality and health in the Yangtze River Delta and Shanghai.

Two reports present initial findings on low-exposure effects

November 25, 2019

HEI has published Research Reports 200 and 203, which present the first-phase results of two studies in its program investigating possible health effects at low levels of exposure to air pollution.

Research Report 203
Michael Brauer
Jeffrey R Brook
Tanya Christidis
Yen Chu
Dan Crouse
Anders Erickson
Perry Hystad
Chi Li
Randall V. Martin
Jun Meng
Amanda J. Pappin
Lauren L. Pinault
Michael Tjepkema
Aaron van Donkelaar
Scott Weichenthal
Richard T Burnett
November 2019

Research Report 203 describes the first-phase results of a study evaluating the relationship between long-term exposure to low concentrations of PM2.5 and non-accidental mortality, including a characterization of the shape of the concentration–response functions, in a large population-based cohort (~9 million adults) in Canada. The report also presents the detailed Commentary on the study by HEI’s Low-Exposure Epidemiology Studies Review Panel.

Research Report 200
Francesca Dominici
Joel Schwartz
Qian Di
Danielle Braun
Christine Choirat
Antonella Zanobetti
November 2019

Research Report 200 describes the first-phase results of a study examining any association between exposure to low levels of air pollution — both PM2.5 and O3 — and all-cause mortality in a population of 61 million Medicare enrollees residing in the continental United States. The report also presents the detailed Commentary on the study by HEI’s Low-Exposure Epidemiology Studies Review Panel.

2020 Annual Conference — student and postdoc travel award

November 8, 2019

HEI is inviting applications for a Travel Award for its 2020 Annual Conference.

Up to six award winners will be invited to present posters on their research at HEI’s conference in Boston, Massachusetts between April 5 and April 7, 2020. Travel awards will be awarded on a competitive basis, upon review of the application and proposed abstract.