New construction methods, better sealing and insulation in buildings, and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, have all led to an increase in indoor mold levels. In recent years, there have been reports associating mold exposures with a variety of symptoms, including allergies and respiratory and neurological problems.
NTP is currently conducting studies to better understand how exposure to mold may cause disease. Specific areas under study include:
- Fungal organisms that may be causing human health effects
- Target organs for fungal toxicity
- Dose-dependent effects, with particular emphasis on respiratory, and immune end points
- Identification of biomarkers of exposure and effects
These studies will help us to better understand the potential causes of symptoms reported following mold exposure, with the ultimate goal of creating healthier buildings and reducing mold-related health issues.