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This webinar will review the basics of mycotoxins and their increasing relevance to environmental health. This includes structure, function, cellular toxicity, association with illness, detoxification mechanisms and clinical and environmental testing. The webinar will conclude with a case study of a family whose home was found to be the source of toxic mold and mycotoxins associated with numerous health issues.
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Presenter: Dennis Hooper, MD, Ph.D., RealTime Labs, Carrollton, TX
Bio: Dennis G. Hooper, M.D., Ph.D. graduated from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1971, with a B.S. degree, the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1973, with an M.S. degree in Microbiology, and from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, with a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He also received his M.D. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1983. Dr. Hooper has completed an internship in Flexible Medicine (1984) and a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (1988) from the United States Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA. He became board certified in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Hooper retired as a Navy Captain (0-6) in 2001. During his tenure in the Navy, Dr. Hooper was involved in research, clinical immunology, pathology, microbiology, and related consulting work. He served as chairman of Pathology at Naval Hospital San Diego for 6 years and also held the positions of Ancillary Service Director, Naval Hospital, San Diego as well as Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General.
Dr. Hooper is presently the Senior Member of RealTime Laboratories, (RTL) Inc. and AdvaTect Diagnostics in Carrollton, Texas. The laboratory was established in 2004 and is devoted to the study and testing of mycotoxins. RealTime polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is used in RTL to rapidly detect the DNA from toxic fungi found in environments. These molds and toxins are isolated in human tissue and body fluids. Dr. Hooper has published some of his work as: Mycotoxin Detection in Human Samples from Patients Exposed to Environmental Molds Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 1465-
- Source and structure of key environmental mycotoxins
- Cellular toxicity of mycotoxins
- Detection of mycotoxins in the environment and in patients
- Health effects of mycotoxin exposure
- Mechanisms of detoxification
- Environmental remediation
- Importance of treating both the patient and the environment