The National Toxicology Program (NTP) released a new fact sheet on mold earlier this month, which includes information on NTP’s current research efforts related to mold exposure. According to the fact sheet, most of NTP’s research on mold is done in collaboration with NIOSH, NTP’s interagency partner, and much of the work focuses on preventing potential health effects from occupational exposures to mold. Following are a few of the research activities and studies highlighted in the fact sheet:
- NTP supported NIOSH in the development of an acoustical generator, a device that can create and disperse molds for rodent studies in a way that closely mimics real-world human exposure. The device will be used in upcoming short-term toxicology studies to help researchers characterize responses to different species of mold.
- NTP is developing methods to more accurately and consistently determine the levels of fungal products in floor dust samples from water-damaged buildings.
- NTP is working with researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences who are leading a study to assess the levels of fungal sensitization among farmers.
- NTP is planning to launch a research program to study the long-term, low-dose health effects of deoxynivalenol, a mycotoxin produced by several species of a particular type of mold.
The fact sheet also includes basic information on mold, routes of exposure, the health effects of mold, and the importance of studying mold. View the fact sheet as a PDF
on NTP’s website.