Stirling offers Omega 3 blood testing at World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh
The University of Stirling, which has pioneered the development of rapid blood analysis for Omega 3 testing in the UK, will be offering free Omega 3 testing to visitors to their stand at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh from 8 to 11 May.
Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture is the largest aquaculture research centre in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. The Institute researches and develops aquaculture activity throughout the world but also looks at the benefits to humans of eating the fish produced.
Professor Gordon Bell of the Institute says: “Fish are a complete nutrient package: we grow fish and it’s important to demonstrate the positive impact on human health of eating fish.
“Omega 3 has widely acknowledged benefits for people with cardiovascular disease and diseases with an inflammatory origin i.e. rheumatoid arthritis. We are also exploring whether Omega 3 can help those with autism and ADHD.
“The highest levels of Omega 3 are in fish. Most people have about 25% Omega 3 in their blood but 40% is the ideal level. Prior to 2006, there was nowhere in the UK to carry out rapid spot testing of blood samples for Omega 3 – all blood for testing was taken directly from the vein in a procedure which had to be carried out by medical practitioners.
“With financial help from Glasgow Health Solutions – a clinic, laboratory and supplement company – the Institute developed the rapid blood analysis system in Stirling and now receives spot blood samples for testing from the UK and the USA.”
The Institute’s James Dick, who developed the technology, says: “The advantage of the blood spot method, compared with collecting venous blood from a vein, is its non-invasive nature. The speed and simplicity of collection is important when vulnerable patients are being studied, in particular young children, patients with neurological problems and the elderly.”
Rapid spot testing of blood samples for Omega 3 normally costs £50, but Stirling’s institute will offer a limited number of free Omega 3 spot tests at Stand 7 of the World Fisheries Congress at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. A special conference rate for additional Omega Blood Count tests of £30 will be available.
For further information, contact Patricia Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01786 466 687
Notes to editors
More information and a video of rapid spot testing analysis can be found at http://www.aqua.stir.ac.uk/nas/blood-spot-test
Information about the Institute of Aquaculture can be found at www.stir.ac.uk/ioa