HESI Announces Launch of Three New Centers

HESI’s scientific portfolio and staff have grown substantially over the past decade. We now have a greater breadth of topics and depth of expertise than any time in HESI’s history. To leverage this growth, we are organizing our Scientific Committees and staff into three thematic Centers:

Center for Environmental and Ecological Health,
Center for Translational Sciences
Center for Patient and Consumer Safety

These Centers aim to enhance the implementation, synergy, and communication of our programs while maintaining the autonomy of each Scientific Committee. Each Center will be led by HESI staff responsible for fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and addressing challenges. The Center leadership staff will also help with external outreach and partner recruitment on behalf of their Center.

  • Center Directors and Advisors+: S Pettit, M Embry,
    J Pierson,
    Senior Program Advisor: C Chen, R O’Lone,
    S Deglin, L Mouries
    • Center Director: Michelle Embry
      Senior Advisor, CEEH: Sandrine Deglin
    • Center Director: Jen Pierson
      Senior Advisor, CTS: Connie Chen
    • Center Director: Syril Pettit
      Senior Advisor, CPCS: Lucilia Mouries

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why this new model?

    As HESI expands, this new tiered structure allows for more efficient operations and expanded leadership expertise.

  • Do Center Directors have full authority over Committees in their Center?

    No, Committees retain their autonomy. Center Directors can suggest changes, but implementation requires Committee support.

  • Can I join a Center instead of a Scientific Committee?

    No, Centers are organizational constructs to support management and synergy.

  • Do Centers have their own budgets?

    No, budgets remain within the individual Committees. However, Committees can collaborate on joint activities or grants.

  • Can Committees from different Centers collaborate?

    Yes, collaboration across (and within) Centers is encouraged and facilitated by regular meetings of Center staff.

  • Will there be immediate changes to Committee operations?

    No, initial changes will primarily affect staff management and coordination.  Committees within a Center will retain their current levels of scientific, strategic, programmatic, and budgetary autonomy.

  • Can new Centers be formed, or existing Centers be changed in the future?

    Yes, the model is dynamic and will evolve based on experience. The Executive Director will manage these adjustments.

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Washington, DC 20005

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