Learn How to Take Mold Samples and Interpret Laboratory Results- Thursday, January 11, 2024 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Understanding mold sampling methods is crucial in ensuring accurate and reliable mold test results that are easy to interpret. The effectiveness of your results hinges on the careful selection of an appropriate sampling method. Unfortunately, many mold inspectors inadvertently compromise the integrity of their assessments by making common mistakes such as submitting insufficient samples, using inappropriate sampling techniques, or collecting samples improperly.In this seminar, we will delve into the intricacies of mold sampling, exploring not only the potential pitfalls but also unveiling the best practices to guarantee scientifically defensible results. By understanding the nuances of different sampling methods, you will be equipped to make informed decisions that contribute to a comprehensive and insightful mold assessment. Join us for an in-depth discussion on the critical factors that influence the accuracy of mold test results and gain valuable insights into the art and science of mold sampling.
After discussing the sampling methods, we will delve into the interpretation of the lab results. Interpreting mold test results poses a formidable challenge, especially when it comes to air samples, where the absence of universally accepted limits adds an extra layer of complexity. Understanding and interpreting these results is not just a skill; it’s a necessity. In this presentation, we are not only going to address the intricacies of interpreting mold sample results from a laboratory but also provide you with valuable insights on actions to take even before sampling.
By attending this session, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing mold test results, empowering you to navigate the complexities with confidence. We’ll not only unravel the mysteries of result interpretation but also equip you with proactive measures to enhance the accuracy of your assessments from the very beginning. This is an opportunity to elevate your expertise, ensuring that you are well-prepared to make informed decisions in the realm of mold testing. Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in mold sample interpretation!
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About the Presenters
Dr. Jackson Kung’u, PhD.
Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a highly qualified microbiologist with over 30 years of experience in environmental and agricultural microbiology. Holding a Ph.D. in Microbiology, an M.Sc. in Fungal Technology, and a B.Sc. in Agriculture, he is a specialized Mycologist with a unique ability to identify challenging fungal species using cultural and modern methods. His expertise extends to effectively managing microbiology labs. Currently serving as the Principal Microbiologist at Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories (MBL) Inc., and having previously worked in a similar capacity at Pinchin Ltd, Kung’u has a wealth of experience identifying mold spores and bacteria in environmental samples. Before transitioning to the private sector, he served as a Senior Plant Pathologist at the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization for eight years, conducting research in plant diseases and providing diagnostic services to farmers and businesses.
Dr. Jackson Kung’u’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an M.Sc. in Fungal Technology, and a B.Sc. in Agriculture. He has complemented his formal education with specialized training programs, such as “Introduction to Food- and Air-Borne Fungi” in Ottawa, Canada, and “Modern Techniques in the Identification of Bacteria and Filamentous Fungi” at the International Mycological Institute in the United Kingdom. Kung’u has actively participated in conferences and professional development courses, notably directing a course on mold recognition, effective sampling strategies, and results interpretation at various American Industrial Hygiene Association conferences. His contributions extend to publications in reputable journals, showcasing his research on plant diseases and the impact of Fusarium wilt on smallholder farmers in Kenya.
Dr. Rosa Codina, PhD.
Dr. Rosa Codina, Ph.D., is a seasoned scientist and founder of Allergen Science & Consulting in Lenoir, NC, established in 2014. With a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years, she has honed her skills in clinical laboratory settings, aerobiology, allergen research, testing, avoidance strategies, and the manufacturing of allergenic extracts. Dr. Codina’s professional journey includes roles as a senior research scientist at Greer Laboratories, Inc., and as a principal scientist at SDII-Global Corporation, where she addressed environmental issues such as moisture and mold growth in buildings. She spent eight years as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, contributing significantly to the national accreditation of the institution’s allergy and immunology program.
Currently serving as the director and principal scientist at Allergen Science & Consulting, Dr. Codina also holds the position of affiliate associate professor of internal medicine at the University of South Florida. Her responsibilities involve assisting faculty and fellows, along with delivering educational presentations. Dr. Codina’s expertise extends to extensive research on indoor and outdoor allergens, including identification, testing, exposure, and allergy symptoms. Her contributions to the field include the discovery of allergens and antigens in various environments, as well as comprehensive aerobiology surveys across the USA.
Dr. Codina is a distinguished member of professional organizations such as the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). She actively participates in professional committees, including the Respiratory Exposures and the Aerobiology Committees within the AAAAI. Beyond her impressive publication record of over 50 papers and book chapters, Dr. Codina serves as a reviewer for scientific journals in the field of allergy and immunology, showcasing her commitment to advancing knowledge in the field.
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Learn How to Collect Mold Samples and Interpret Laboratory Results
How to Collect Fungal (mold) Samples for Laboratory Analysis
Choosing the right mold sampling method is vital for accurate test results. The effectiveness of the method directly impacts result accuracy. However, common mistakes, such as submitting insufficient samples or using improper sampling techniques, can compromise the integrity of mold assessments.
In this seminar, we will delve into the intricacies of mold sampling. We’ll not only highlight potential pitfalls but also provide insights into best practices for obtaining accurate samples. Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the critical factors influencing the quality of mold test results and gain valuable knowledge on the correct procedures for mold sample collection.
Presenter: Dr. Rosa Codina, PhD.
Dr. Codina is the Director and Principal Scientist at Allergen Science & Consulting, located in Lenoir, North Carolina, United States.
How to Interpret Fungal (mold) Sample Laboratory Results
Mold sample results could either be of air samples or surface samples. Interpreting laboratory mold test results presents a challenge, especially when it comes to air samples, as there are no universally accepted limits. In this concise presentation, we will delve into the complexities of interpreting mold sample results obtained from a laboratory. Join us as we explore effective strategies for understanding and analyzing these results, providing you with valuable insights to navigate the nuances of interpreting mold data.
Presenter: Dr. Jackson Kung’u, PhD.
Dr. Kung’u is the Principal Microbiologist at Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories, located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.