If you have been bitten by a tick within the last week, you are invited to participate in a research study investigating the role of tick bites in a newly identified allergy to red meat.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the local inflammatory response caused by tick bites in relation to the development or lack of development of red meat allergy secondary to an allergen called “alpha-gal”. Red meat allergy from alpha-gal can present differently than other food allergies, with allergic symptoms occurring several hours after ingestion instead of within minutes. Determination of the immune cell components found in local tick bites may help us understand the mechanism for this unique allergy.
Your participation in this study will require 2 study visits over a 1-2 month period of time. Each visit will last about 30-60 minutes. Qualifying volunteers will be asked to complete a questionnaire and donate a blood sample, and two skin biopsies will be collected. In a follow-up visit, volunteers will be asked to provide a second blood specimen.
Volunteers who are enrolled in the study are eligible to receive $300 compensation.
Contact 434-982-3958 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (IRB# 17467)