Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Seminar May 3 sheds light on latest emergency treatments for snake, spider bites

KINGSVILLE - April 26, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

The Natural Toxins Research Center hosts the seminar “Envenomation” on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the south wing of Kleberg Hall, on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.

Leslie Boyer, M.D. will offer information on the most current emergency treatments for venomous bites from snakes, spiders and other animals.

This free presentation is open to everyone, from medical professionals to anyone who works and spends time outdoors.

Nominated as a Local Legend of Medicine by Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ-8), Boyer is medical director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and director of clinical toxicology for the U.S. Army Darnell Emergency Medicine program.

Thanks to Boyer’s collaboration with toxicologists from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (UAHSC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed the first and only antivenin to be approved in the modern era. Under Boyer’s vision and leadership, the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center was formed, becoming one of the first of its kind in the country to offer poison and medication-related emergency treatment advice, poison prevention information, referrals and information on poisons and toxins.

To RSVP for this event or for more information, call 361-593-3082.

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