The Roskamp Institute, a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and treating diseases like alzheimers, is seeking volunteers from Southwest Florida for a clinical research study focused on understanding the impacts of environmental toxins — particularly red tide.
The $400,000 study is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is focused on determining whether exposure to brevetoxin — the toxins in the organism that causes red tides in Florida — can increase the incidence of neurological symptoms in susceptible individuals. GCOOS is a partner on the study.
For the study, which is being led by Dr. Andrew Keegan, participants will be required to participate in one visit where they will answer a questionnaire and then provide a blood sample.
The Institute is currently seeking volunteers who live three miles or more from the coast.
To participate in the study, please contact the Roskamp Institute at 941-256-8018, ext. 3008.