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Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. Heading link

Project IV – Elucidating the individual and combined toxicity of coal mine dust constituents and their contribution to disease in modern US coal miners.

“We know that coal and silica dusts increase the risk for development of black lung disease, but we don’t know much about how mixtures behave and what combinations are worse for lung health,” said Dr. Leonard Go, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and an investigator on the grant. “We want to be able to create ‘mine dust risk profiles’ for pulmonary disease that can be used to inform policy and improve regulations limiting exposure to these dusts.”

Dr. Leonard Go is the PI on this study. Dr. Robert Cohen and Kirsten Almberg, PhD of UIC; Emily Sarver, PhD and Cigdem Keles, PhD of Virginia Tech University; Dr. Scott Budinger of Northwestern University and Dr. Cecile Rose of National Jewish Health are co-investigators on the grant.