Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Open House for Natural Toxins Research Center October 16

KINGSVILLE - September 30, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. for new facility housing research snakes, tours of labs follows

The Natural Toxins Research Center (NTRC) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville started unofficially in 1972 through a series of successful biomedical research endeavors centered around the elements that make up snake venom.

In the time that has passed, the work of the NTRC—officially established in 2000—and its founder, Regents professor of biology Dr. John Pérez, has yielded some $40 million in funding for its strides in biomedical research and stands as the only federally funded viper research center in the nation.

Those high points and many more will be remembered at 2 p.m. Friday, October 16, as the NTRC holds a ribbon cutting for its new serpentarium, home to one of the largest research collections of venomous snakes in the world.

The public is invited to tour the 4,300 square foot, state of the art holding facility at 1733 West Corral Avenue.

Tours of the NTRC labs, located in Kleberg Hall at Engineering Avenue and Lantana Drive, will follow.

Refreshments will be provided.

“The NTRC is important to the university, the community and the nation because of the research, which has important applications for many medical problems such as stroke, heart attacks and cancer,” said Pérez. “Traditionally, the NTRC has provided quality education for students through published research.

“The serpentarium is the foundation of the research mission of the NTRC. The new facility will increase the research infrastructure at the university and increase the research opportunities at the NTRC. Students will be better trained, and faculty and staff will have the opportunities to conduct more research that will be important to modern medicine. In addition, the research at this university will become more visible.”

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