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Researchers to collect data in Cape on impacts of exposure to algal blooms

By Staff | Dec 7, 2023

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are seeking additional participants for a study evaluating potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms.

The research team currently has an active cohort, and they are recruiting 30 additional participants this year.

They will be recruiting and collecting non-bloom data for the Cape Coral area at the city Public Works Department, 815 Nicholas Parkway, East, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.

The study involves a survey to identify the potential routes, duration and types of exposure to blooms through recreational and occupational activities. Researchers also will assess potential effects on individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma and chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

Bloodwork including liver enzymes and renal markers also will be included in this study.

For more information or to participate in the study, call or text 561-297-4631, or email Dr. Rebecca Koszalinski at NurHAB@health.fau.edu. Community participants will receive up to $25 in gift cards as an incentive for participating in data collection activities each year.