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The purpose of this Society is to advance knowledge on the properties of toxins and antitoxins and to bring together scholars interested in these substances through a common Society. Membership consists of those who have conducted and published meritorious original investigations in toxinology, while persons who do not qualify for membership but are interested in the field of toxinology are eligible for associate membership.

President: Prof. Dr. Hervé Rochat, Faculté de Médicine, Sécteur Nord, Biochimie, Boulevard Pierre Dramard, F-13326 Marseille Cedex 15, France.  Tel.: +33 . Fax: +33 . E-mail: ___

Secretary: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Mebs, Zentrum der Rechtsmedizin, University of Frankfurt, Kennedyallee 104, D-60596 Frankfurt, FRG. Tel.: (49) 069-63 01 75 63. Fax: (49) 069-63 01 58 82. E-mail:

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Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis: First Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting

April 11-14, 2005 / Abstracts are due January 31
Baiona, Spain
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(A collection of Web pages for herpetologists, selected by Dr. Dusan Kordis)

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Officers of the International Society on Toxinology
Findlay E.Russell 1962-1966
Sherman A.Minton 1966-1968
André de Vries 1968-1970
Hugh Alistair Reid 1970-1972
Heribert Michl 1972-1974
Y.Sawai 1974-1976
C.R.Diniz 1976-1979
Borje Uvnäs 1979-1982
Gerhard Habermehl 1982-1985
Chen-Yuan Lee 1985-1988
Philip Rosenberg 1988-1991
Gerhard Habermehl 1991-1994
Charlotte L.Ownby 1994-1997
Franc Gubensek 1997-2000
Hervé Rochat 2000-

Paul R.Saunders 1962-1966
Joseph F.Gennaro 1966-1968
Erich Kaiser 1968-1975
Akira Ohsaka 1975-1982
Dietrich Mebs 1982-

Redi Award Recipients
Findlay E.Russell 1967
Paul Boquet 1970
Andre de Vries 1974
Chen-Yuan Lee 1976
Hugh Alistair Reid 1979
Nobuo Tamiya 1982
Philip Rosenberg 1982
Sherman A.Minton 1985
Paul A.Christensen 1988
Ernst Habermann 1991
Elazar Kochva 1994
Alan Harvey 2000
Andre Menez 2000


1. Atlantic City, NJ, U.S.A., 1966
Organizers: F.E.Russell and P.R.Saunders
Proceedings: Animal Toxins (F.E.Russell and P.R.Saunders,eds.),Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1967.

2. Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1970
Organizers: Vries and E.Kochva
Proceedings: Toxins of Animal and Plant Origin ( Vries and E.Kochva, eds.), 3 vol., Gordon and Breach, New York, 1971.

3. Darmstadt, West-Germany, 1972
Organizer: G.G.Habermehl
Proceedings: Tier- und Pflanzengifte (E.Kaiser, ed.), W.Goldmann Verl., München, 1973.

4. Tokyo, Japan, 1974
Organizers: Y.Sawai and A.Ohsaka
Proceedings: Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins
(A.Ohsaka, K.Hayashi and Y.Sawai, eds.), 2 vol., Plenum Press, New York, 1976.

5. San José, Costa Rica, 1976
Organizer: R.Bolanos
Proceedings: Toxins: Animal, Plant and Microbial, (P.Rosenberg, ed.), Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1978.

6. Uppsala, Sweden, 1979
Organizers: B.Uvnäs and D.Eaker
Proceedings: Natural Toxins (D.Eaker and T.Wadström, eds.) Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1980.

7. Brisbane, Australia, 1982
Organizers: R.Endean and A.Cameron
Proceedings: Toxicon, suppl.3, 1983.

8. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 1985
Organizers: D.S.Chapman and J.B.Harris
Proceedings: Natural Toxins. Animal, Plant, and Microbial (J.B.Harris, ed.) Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1986.

9. Stillwater, OK, U.S.A., 1988
Organizers: C.L.Ownby, G.V.Odell, L.L.Rolf, G.E.Burrows
Proceedings: Natural Toxins (C.L.Ownby and G.V.Odell, eds.) Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1989.

10. Singapore, 1991
Organizer: P.Gopalakrishnakone
Proceedings: Recent Advanves in Toxinology Research, (P.Gopalakrishnakone and C.K.Tan, eds.), 3. vol., Nat.Univ.Singapore, Singapore, 1992.

11. Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1994
Organizer: E.Kochva
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 33 , 257-306, 1995.


1. Paris, France, October 1975
Organizer: P.Boquet
Proceedings: Venins et Toxins d´Origine Animale, Vegetale et Microbienne,
Bull.Inst.Pasteur 74, 1976.

2. Portoroz, Yugoslavia, September 1977
Organizer: F.Gubensek
Proceedings: Period.Biol. suppl.1, 1978

3. London, England, September 1978
Organizer: B.E.C.Banks
Proceedings: 3rd Symposium on Plant, Animal and Microbial Toxins (G.Habermehl and D.Mebs, eds.), THD Schriftenreihe Wissenschaft und Technik 14, 1979.

4. Marseille, France, June 1981
Organizer: H.Rochat
Proceedings: Toxicon 20, no.1, 1982.

5. Hannover, West-Germany, August 1983
Organizers: G.G.Habermehl and D.Mebs
Proceedings: Proc.of the 5th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (D.Mebs and G.G.Habermehl, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Hannover, 1983.

6. Basel, Switzerland, August 1984
Organizers: K.Stocker, T.A.Freyvogel, J.Meier
Proceedings: Proc.of the 6th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (J.Meier, K.Stocker, T.A.Freyvogel, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Basel, 1984.

7. Prague, Czechoslovakia, August, 1986
Organizer: F.Kornalik, H.Raskova, K.Masek
Proceedings:Proc.of the 6th Eur.Symp.on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (F.Kornalik and D.Mebs, eds.), publ. by the European Section, Prague, 1986.

8. Porec, Yugoslavia, September 1989
Organizer: F.Gubensek
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 28 , 141-170, 1990.

9. Lohusalu, Estonia, September 1990
Organizer: J.Siigur
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 29 , 279-299, 1991.

10. Paris, France, September 1992
Organizers: P.Boquet, A.Menez, J.Pusset
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 31 , 497- 540, 1993.

11. Arezzo, Italy, October 1993
Organizer: A.Grasso
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 32 , 381-410, 1994.

12. Basel, Switzerland, August 1996
Organizer: J.Meier
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon (in press, 1997).

13. Paris, France, September 2000
Organizer: A. Menez


1. Stillwater, OK, U.S.A., May 1984
Organizers: C.L.Ownby, G.Odell, L.Rolf, G.Burrows
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 23 , 17-41,1985.

2. Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A., May 1986
Organizer: A.L.Bieber
Proceedings: Proc. of the 2nd American Symp. on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (A.L.Bieber, ed.) published by the American Section, Tempe, 1986.

3. Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico, January 1990
Organizer: L.Possani
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 28 , 597-630, 1990.

4. Campinas, S.P., Brazil, July 1992
Organizer: J.Prado-Franceschi
Proceedings: Abstracts published in: Toxicon 31 , 97-179, 1993.

5. Frederick, MD, U.S.A.
Organizers: K.A.Mereish and R.W.Wannemacher
Proceedings: Toxicon 34, 1219-1458, 1996.

6. Porlamar, Margarita Island, Venezuela, September 1998
Organizer: C. Sevcik


1. Singapore, June 1987
Organizer: P.Gopalakrishnakone
Proceedings: Progress in Venom and Toxin Research (P.Gopalakrishnakone, C.K.Tan, eds.), Nat.Univ.of Singapore, 1987.

2. Varanasi, India, February 1990
Organizer: S.C.Sanyal

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June-July 1993
Organizer: N.H.Tan
Proceedings: Advances in Venom and Toxin Research (N.H.Tan, S.L.Oo, V.Thambyrajah, N.Azila,eds.), published by the Malayan Society on Toxinology, Kuala Lumpur 1993.

4. Kunming, Yunnan, China, June 1996
Organizer: Y.Xiong

Organisations where our Society's members work: 
(sorted by country)

Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU) at the University of Melbourne,
Biomolecular Research Institute, NMR Laboratory, Parkville, Victoria
Centre for Drug Design and Development, Brisbane
Monash Venom Group, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University, Melbourne

The Center for the Study of Venoms and Venomous Animals (CEVAP), Sao Paulo

Laboratory of Neurophysiology , Medical faculty, Angers
Institute of Structural Biology and Microbiology - NMR group, Marseilles

University of Frankfurt

Dept. Biochem. & Mol. Biol., J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana,
University of Ljubljana: Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Chair of Biochemistry

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center,
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK,
Natural Toxins Research Initiative (NTRI), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Department of Biology
Metabiologics Inc., Madison, WI

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