Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Natural Toxins Research Center offers look at lab, snakes and research findings with public open house June 8

KINGSVILLE - May 19, 2006

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

The Natural Toxins Research Center (NTRC) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville invites the public to see their new facilities, in an open house scheduled for Thursday, June 8.

The NTRC facilities are in Kleberg Hall, the university’s former Engineering Building.

The mission of the NTRC is to provide global research, training and resources that will lead to the discovery of medically important toxins found in snake venoms.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be hourly tours of the NTRC laboratories, as well as open walk-through opportunities of NTRC facilities, with running video presentations, equipment on display and poster viewing.

Venomous snakes from the NTRC serpentarium will be featured in the conference room, with a speaker on hand to answer questions. The NTRC serpentarium at A&M-Kingsville has the largest research collection of venomous snakes in the United States.

Following a lunch break from noon-1 p.m., the open house and tours will continue from

1-5 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be the presentation “Medical Applications of Snake Venom” in room 149 of the facilities.

The open house and presentation are free to the public. Refreshments and takeaway materials will be provided to those who attend.

More information on the NTRC open house is available at 361-593-3082.

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