Events and News
International Symposium “Snake Toxins and Venoms: From Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Perspectives”
This event will be held on January 28 and 29, 2021 in virtual mode and is organized by Network for Snake Venom Research and Drug Discovery, as a network of laboratories of Universities in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina that seek collaboration multidisciplinary study in the applied study of snake venom from South America. The symposium will have guest speakers from South America and we will have free communications so that students can show their work as well.
Researchers of Network for snake venom research and Drug Discovery comment on their finding on the presence of the invasive gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris in continental Chile
Recently, Dr. Urra, together with researchers Bruno Miranda, Nel Melero, and Alejandro Zúñiga reported the discovery of the first specimen of the invasive gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris in the historic center of Santiago, capital of Chile. This record is the southernmost known in South America for this species and was recently reported on Chilean television.
Ophidic accidents, pharmacological strategies, and research associated with the discovery of genes that encode toxins have gained relevance since the WHO declared ophidism as a neglected disease. September 19 marks the International Snakebite Awareness Day.
This activity will be held in the auditorium of the Natural History Museum “Javier Prado” of the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru). Activity without prior registration and free. Address: Av. Arenales 1256, Jesús María 15072, Peru. Date: Friday, January 24, 2020.
International Seminar-Workshop “Biotechnological Strategies for the Development of Molecular Toxinology and Drug Discovery: The Ophidic Model”
The seminar will be held on January 21-23, 2020 at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima Peru.
Researchers from the network talk about the biomedical importance of endemic snakes in Brazil in Time Magazine
Dr. Rodrigo Souza carries out conservation work on the largest venomous snake in South America, Lachesis muta. Thanks to this work, Dr. Souza has been able to help the development of antivenom serum for people who are bitten by this species. Dr. Flores (FUNED, Brazil), Dr. Urra (U. de Chile) comment on the importance of conserving these species to carry out characterization studies of toxins that have the biomedical potential for cardiovascular diseases and cancer for Time Magazine.