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Medical News & Perspectives
June 21, 2006

Scientists Plan New Orleans Mold Project

JAMA. 2006;295(23):2710. doi:10.1001/jama.295.23.2710

When nature handed them a destructive hurricane, researchers in New Orleans set out to learn something useful from the unfortunate event and its subsequent devastation. “We call it our lemonade project,” said immunologist Seth Pincus, MD, director of the Research Institute for Children at Children's Hospital, in New Orleans, La.

Pincus and a number of other experts are using the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity to study how mold affects human health. The group consists of local investigators from Tulane University, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, the University of New Orleans, the Institute for Technology Development, the Gray Insurance Company, and Model Software Corporation, in collaboration with investigators at other sites. The New Orleans Mold Project might be useful for understanding how molds affect people during everyday life and following extreme flooding from natural disasters.