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Freshwater Science: Health Impacts of Algal Toxins in the Context of Chronic Illnesses

Algal toxins affect the liver, gastrointestinal system and kidneys, and may have a more severe effect in the context of pre-existing conditions. Dr. David Kennedy and Dr. Steven Haller at The University of Toledo, with funding from Ohio Sea Grant and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, are examining these effects to help provide new guidelines for safe exposure levels to algal toxins for people with chronic illnesses. They also aim to develop new tests that can measure toxin exposure at very low levels, which can suppress common liver injury markers in some patients, and to create therapies to treat the organ damage caused by algal toxins. Event Archive

Published: Mar 31, 2022
Last Modified: Mar 31, 2022
Duration: 49 mins
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Contributors

 Steven  Haller

Steven Haller , PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UT Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

 David J. Kennedy

David J. Kennedy , PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, UT Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Algal toxins affect the liver, gastrointestinal system and kidneys, and may have a more severe effect in the context of pre-existing conditions.

Dr. David Kennedy and Dr. Steven Haller at The University of Toledo, with funding from Ohio Sea Grant and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, are examining these effects to help provide new guidelines for safe exposure levels to algal toxins for people with chronic illnesses. They also aim to develop new tests that can measure toxin exposure at very low levels, which can suppress common liver injury markers in some patients, and to create therapies to treat the organ damage caused by algal toxins.

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