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What's Your Poison? Using Venom as a Cure in Medicine

What's Your Poison? Using Venom as a Cure in Medicine

Monday, November 4, 2013

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by Science & the City


You might associate venom from spiders or snakes with trips to the doctor for the wrong reasons! An emerging field of research, venomics, studies the biology of venomous creatures in order to discover new ways of using poisonous compounds in curative and pain-alleviating pharmaceuticals. Sea snails, scorpions, snakes and leeches hold tremendous potential for new medicines for humans and have already led to successful treatments for everything from heart disease to chronic pain.

Join the New York Academy of Sciences as we meet researchers brave enough to handle some of the world's deadliest and potentially life-saving creatures.

Reception to follow.

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Bryan Fry, PhD

The University of Queensland, Australia

Bryan Grieg Fry was born in the USA in 1970. He graduated from the Portland State University Honours Program with a dual degree in Molecular Biology (BSc) and Scientific Philosophy, with a minor in Psychology (BA) (1990–95). Drawn to Australia by its numerous toxic creatures, Fry completed a PhD from the University of Queensland on the toxic natriuretic peptides of the inland taipan (1997–2000, awarded in 2002). In 2000 he worked as a research assistant at the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU) at the University of Melbourne. Fry then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore (2001–02) which allowed him to work on Asian snakes and build on his research into snake venom evolution. Fry returned to Australia and the University of Melbourne as deputy director and ARC postdoctoral fellow at the AVRU (2003–06). In 2007 Fry joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne as an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow (2007–11). Fry is now associate professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland where he is group leader of the Venomics Laboratory. His work at the University of Queensland is currently supported by an ARC Future fellowship.

Juliette Gorson

Hunter College

Mandë Holford, PhD

Hunter College, CUNY / American Museum of Natural History

Dr. Mark E. Siddall

Curator and Professor Invertebrates American Museum of Natural History

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