Interstitial Lung Disease: Moisture, Molds, and Mycotoxins

EPA Grant Number: R825251
Title: Interstitial Lung Disease: Moisture, Molds, and Mycotoxins
Investigators: Storey, Eileen , Jarvis, Bruce , Yang, Chin , Turner, William
Current Investigators: Storey, Eileen , Hodgson, Michael J , Jarvis, Bruce , Yang, Chin , Turner, William
Institution: University of Connecticut , University of Maryland - College Park
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: December 2, 1996 through December 1, 1999 (Extended to October 1, 2001)
Project Amount: $572,710
RFA: Air Quality (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Air


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between interstitial lung disease, moisture in homes and workplaces, and mycotoxins. All new-onset interstitial pulmonary fibrosis cases in Connecticut will be enrolled in a population-based case-control study. Control subjects will be identified through a population-based database. Cases and controls will complete a self-administered questionnaire that has been used in two similar smaller studies documenting associations with molds and moisture. Approximately 70 subjects with mold exposure and 70 controls will undergo detailed exposure assessment in the workplace and at home. Exposure assessment will include assessment of moisture sources, physical characteristics ( air velocity), surface temperature, sampling for bioaerosols (quiescent and semi-aggressive), and analysis for mycotoxins.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 13 publications for this project

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this project: View all 6 journal articles for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

Health, Scientific Discipline, Air, Geographic Area, air toxics, Epidemiology, State, Disease & Cumulative Effects, Biochemistry, indoor air, Biology, health effects, risk assessment, interstitial lung disease, exposure and effects, effects assessment, population based study, airway disease, pulmonary disease, mold exposure, lung dysfunction, public health, bioaerosols, ambient particulates, harmful environmental agents, Connecticut (CT), indoor air quality, mycotoxins

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1997
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  • 1999 Progress Report
  • 2000 Progress Report
  • Final Report