The Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) is a non-profit institution whose mission is to collaboratively identify and help to resolve global health and environmental challenges through the engagement of scientists from academia, government, industry, NGOs, and other strategic partners.
HESI values the contributions and expertise of each of our 1,000+ partner scientists from around the globe. Check out some of our most exciting collaborations and highlights below.
The Emerging Systems Toxicology for the Assessment of Risk (eSTAR) Committee is exploring two new projects, one relating to cell painting for safety assessment and the other exploring the use of error corrected sequencing to predict tumorigenicity from non-genotoxic carcinogens. Both groups are looking for additional stakeholders. Interested in finding out more? Please contact Saddef Haq (email@example.com)
Call for Applicants! Are you thinking about doing your Phd? If you have a degree in Bioengineering or Biological Sciences you should apply by May 13, 2022 for this fully-funded opportunity to work in a world-renowned lab in partnership with Newcastle University and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) Cell Therapy – TRAcking, Circulation & Safety Committee
3 year PhD Studentship to study “Improved understanding of cell fate with multi-visceral normothermic perfusion models.”
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The continued waves of the COVID-19 pandemic have repeatedly strained public health systems’ capacity to provide efficient and actionable SARS-CoV-2 testing. To help address this challenge, the Propagate Network – a collaboration of public health and research laboratories from Brazil, Chile, France, Malawi, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S., was convened by the nonprofit Health and Environmental Sciences Institute. Via the Propagate Network, the participants tested the reproducibility of a more rapid and lower resource methodology (“direct-PCR”) for detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in patients. The results of this study, published in PLOS ONE, demonstrated that the method is highly reproducible and thus a feasible option for more efficient COVID-19 screening around the world.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, Critical Reviews in Toxicology published a special editorial that lists two RISK21 Committee publications among the journal’s top 25 most read papers. Click here to read the editorial.
“A 21st Century Roadmap for Human Health Risk Assessment”
(Pastoor et al. 2014;44 Suppl 3:1–5)
“Risk Assessment in the 21st Century: Roadmap and Matrix”
(Embry et al. 2014;44 Suppl 3:6–16)
The Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) was officially convened in November 2019 as the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and HESI, and through a federal funding award to HESI from those agencies. The mission of the BSC is to provide a forum for global scientists from government, academia, consumer health groups, industry, and non-profit organizations to work collaboratively to generate a sound scientific basis for integrating existing safety data and the latest toxicology tools to evaluate safety in botanical dietary supplements.
In 2019, the HESI Cardiac Safety Committee was awarded a U01 grant from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the “Evaluation of Integrated Human-Relevant Approaches to Identify Drug-Induced Cardiovascular Liabilities.” This grant supports HESI’s role in awarding and managing novel, in vitro experimental studies to develop targeted mechanistic data to inform drug safety assessment for key cardiac “failure modes.” HESI Cardiac Safety Committee members have identified six main failure modes, or CV liabilities contributing to drug attrition.
In June 2020, HESI launched a novel collaboration with clinical and research colleagues around the world to advance more efficient and accessible SARS-CoV-2 testing methods. The PROPAGATE Network, a voluntary global network of lab scientists in these countries, will assess the reproducibility and utility of an extraction-less PCR testing method developed by participating scientists at the University of Washington and University of Vermont. This method has the potential to be used as a screening test that requires fewer experimental resources, lower costs, and less time than traditional PCR analysis.
HESI Genetic Toxicology Technical Committee's first adverse outcome pathway (AOP) describing modes of actions leading to potentially heritable genomic damage is now online! This AOP focused on oxidative DNA damage and resulting mutations and chromosomal aberrations. It is currently ...
Increased research to improve preclinical models to inform the development of therapeutics for neonatal diseases is an area of great need. This article reviews five common neonatal diseases – bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, necrotizing enterocolitis, perinatal ...
Most archived biological tissue samples are preserved in formalin. Formalin fixation of biological samples damages nucleic acids and limits their use in future genomic analyses. Improved tools are needed to increase nucleic acid yield, reduce artifacts, and facilitate analysis and ...
New publication in Toxicological Sciences by the HESI Cardiac Safety Committee shows that nonclinical models used to predict cardiac safety during drug development do not absolutely replicate the clinical conditions; however, best practices can be used to improve the nonclinical ...