It is our mission 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. We achieve our mission in a variety of ways:
HESI’s core values are the foundation of our organization. They are the principles that guide the decisions and actions of our staff to support our overall vision and mission.
HESI was established in 1989 under the scientific leadership of our inaugural Chair, Dr. Louis Lasagna, as a first-in-class forum for international, cross-sector collaboration. HESI’s first workshop on rodent liver tumors engaged 14 participants and was supported by a single staffer. As the organization grew in participation and scope, we opted to establish our own governance and programming. In 2002, HESI was recognized as an independently chartered and publicly supported 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and has continued to flourish in scientific scope and rigor.
Today, our team of 13 staff provide leadership to over fifty scientific projects and programs that benefit human and environmental health. In our more than 30 years, HESI has produced scientific research that informs applied health protection decision-making around the globe.
HESI helps solve the most pressing risk and safety challenges today by creating a knowledge base through a variety of mechanisms, including the following:
HESI’s multi-stakeholder model creates teams of experts to structure decision frameworks that inform principles, processes, and practices to find answers to human and environmental health questions.
By combining data from multiple sources across the public and private sectors, HESI supports the comparison of outcomes and analytical methods, generates insights into reproducibility and sensitivity across sites, validates models across settings, and identifies and addresses critical data gaps and methodological challenges.
Through efficient, collaborative design and shared execution of experimental research, HESI helps to make high-quality data available to fill existing knowledge gaps and build weight-of-evidence.
HESI is committed to making our scientific research publicly accessible via open access, peer-reviewed publications that enhance the global knowledge base.
The right tools/assays are a critical component of accurate and translational safety testing and for building an understanding of cellular, molecular, or biochemical processes. HESI’s experimental and data analysis programs provide critical multi-stakeholder and multi-site evaluations and insights.
Science doesn’t stop with publication. We support the implementation of our research around the world by participating in international scientific meetings, leading technical workshops, and convening training sessions.
The adoption of new programs and projects allows HESI to address the most relevant emerging science and serve as a contemporary resource for our stakeholders. The figure to the right illustrates our role in moving science from the idea stage to the implementation stage.