Hamish Ogston Foundation’s first lecture: Snakebite research at Oxford University’s Venoms and Toxins conference

The Hamish Ogston Foundation has played an important role in the fight to improve medical treatments for victims of snakebites in Myanmar, Vietnam and India. This 28-29 August, at Oxford University’s Venoms and Toxins conference, the Foundation will give its first lecture on the subject with Professor José María Gutiérrez, a leading expert on toxins.



We are pleased to announce the first Hamish Ogston Foundation Lecture taking place this summer, at Oxford University’s Venoms and Toxins conference. This will be the inaugural lecture sponsored by the Foundation, and will hopefully form part of a lasting collaboration.


Venoms and Toxins 2019 is the 6th International Meeting on Toxinology and will be host to many eminent speakers in the field, including many specialists on snakebite. Researchers at the start of their careers will have the opportunity to present their findings and network with the keynote speakers and organisers, and leading toxinologist Professor Alan Harvey will receive his lifetime achievement award.


The Foundation’s Lecture will be given by Professor José María Gutiérrez, a Costa Rican expert on toxins whose work has contributed to the creation of an effective antivenom, widely used across Latin America. Other speakers include Dr Michael Vaughan, cardiologist and advisor to the Hamish Ogston Foundation, German Professor Dietrich Mebs, Professor Juan Calvete from Spain and Dr Rob Harrison, the Head of the Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit.


Last year the Hamish Ogston Foundation made a substantial financial commitment to support snakebite research, in three of the Asian countries worst affected by the disease.


Professor David Warrell, an organiser of the Venoms and Toxins conference and Advisor at the Hamish Ogston Foundation, said: “The conference highlights the need for vital research on neglected tropical diseases. The Hamish Ogston Foundation’s partnership plays a crucial part in supporting ongoing efforts to combat the threat of snakebite and increasing awareness of its devastating impact across the world”.


Michael Vaughan, Advisor at the Hamish Ogston Foundation added: “Most people tend to recoil at the mention of the word ‘snake’. It is one of mankind’s most primitive fears, hard-wired into our brains. The Hamish Ogston Foundation has recognised that snakebite almost exclusively affects rural people and their families either in their homes at night or while they work in the fields to eke out a simple living. More than 100,000 men, women and children die from snakebite every year and it does not stop there. For every single death from snakebite, there are three or four who become seriously disabled, making it difficult or indeed impossible, for them to carry out normal domestic tasks in the home or work in the fields. Having identified this, the foundation aims to try to alleviate suffering by funding high quality antivenom research to create a cadre of local clinicians, working to reduce mortality from snakebite.  


Find more information about the event here.


The Hamish Ogston Foundation is a UK registered charity
(Charity no. 1185978)

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