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Red tide study seeks volunteers with neurological complaints

By SCCF - | Dec 16, 2020

A clinical study by the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota that is investigating whether red tide can have neurological impacts on humans is seeking volunteers from Lee County, according to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

The study calls for the recruitment of 400 volunteers and requires three assessments where blood and urine samples are taken to measure brevetoxin and antibody levels. Volunteers will be seen during periods when no Florida red tide blooms are being observed and also during periods when they are.

Comparing the levels of brevetoxin and antibodies with the levels of neurological complaints will shed light on whether Florida red tide brevetoxin exposure can trigger neurological conditions and whether immune responses are likely protective or make symptoms worse, the SCCF reported.

For more information, contact Megan Parks at 941-256-8018, ext. 3008.