Mycotoxins & human health

The research line focuses on the relation of mycotoxins and human health. As mycotoxins are important toxicological contaminants in the food chain, it is crucial to estimate their exposure and to assess their impact on public health. Recently the direct measurement of biomarkers of exposure in biological fluids has been proposed as a suitable alternative to perform a more accurate mycotoxin exposure assessment at individual levels. For this reason the Laboratory of Food Analysis started several studies whereby a multi-toxin approach was applied to evaluate the exposure in the population on a large-scale (FOD RT 11/02, FOODBALL and IARC-UGent-IWT-project).

Another focus of this research line is to unravel the impact of the occurrence of multiple mycotoxins on human diseases.

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