International Society on Toxinology

The International Society on Toxinology was founded in 1962 by a group on scientists and clinicians interested in advancing the science of toxinology. The Society had it's first international meeting in 1966 in Atlantic City, USA and it's Journal, Toxicon, was first published in 1963.

The purpose of the 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.

This website is designed to give IST members and others interested in toxinology access to IST information on forthcoming meetings, subscription payment, membership profiles and related matters.

IMPORTANT NEWS!!!

The most recent IST Congress was the IST European Congress, held in September 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia. Information on this congress can be found in the December 2018 IST newsletter.

The next Congress of the IST will be the World Congress hosted by the IST Pa-American Section in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8th to 13th, 2019. A website for the congress is now available. Registration fees will be lower for IST members so if you are not already a member and intend going to this congress, join the IST before you register or when registering. Following recent IST Council decisions, only current IST members will be able to present papers, except for special invited speakers. Note that abstract submission closes on June 16th, 2019 and early bird registration closes on July 17th. A provisional program is available on the congress website. IST urges members to attend this congress.

Members wishing to the current IST constitution may download a copy here..

Global Snakebite Initiative
This important project is the first major undertaking resulting from the Global Issues in Clinical Toxinology Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, November 2008. At this meeting, attended by stakeholders from all continents (except Antarctica), a steering committee was formed to move towards solutions for envenomed patients Worldwide. It was considered by this meeting, attended by some senior IST members, that this process would best be promoted by close association with the IST, as a project under the IST banner. At the Asia-Pacific Section Congress in Vietnam in December 2008, a proposal was made by Prof. David Warrell, seconded by Prof. P Gopalakrishnakone (IST President), that "The Global Snakebite Initiative be formally endorsed as an official initiative of the IST." This was passed unanimously and confirmed unanimously at the IST World Congress in Recife, Brazil, March 2009. This important initiative is now officially a project of the IST. The Steering Committee, which contains a number of IST members, will produce a work plan and timeline to present to all IST members. A new website to promote the Initiative has been launched at www.snakebiteinitiative.org and it is to be hoped that this will progress to a major resource for the Initiative.

Global Snakebite Statistics
Recent research by Kasturiaratne et al, published in PLoS, has redefined global estimates of snakebite epidemiology. However, this is, to some extent, a "work in progress". One of the authors, Prof. Janaka de Silva (Sri Lanka) has kindly made available some of the data tables on which the study conclusions were based, with a "challenge" to IST members (and others) to provide more definitive data for each listed country. These tables will be listed on a separate page structure for this website. All interested members are urged to peruse this information and contact Prof. de Silva if they have additional data that might be used to update the tables. This work may be considered as one section of the Global Snakebite Initiative.

Clinical Toxinology
The issue of specialist-level training for medical doctors, in the field of clinical toxinology, and credentialling of such training, was canvassed at the Global Issues in Clinical Toxinology Conference and again, through presentations, at the Asia-Pacific Section Congress in Vietnam. As a result a proposal was put by Prof. Julian White, seconded by Prof. Dietrich Mebs, that "The Asia-Pacific Section of the IST supports the development of a clinical toxinology initiative by the IST." This was passed unanimously and confirmed unanimously at the IST World Congress in Recife, Brazil, March 2009. This important initiative is now officially a project of the IST. The new IST Constitution allows the IST to develop clinical toxinology at a global level. As this project develops, members will be kept informed. The next stage, approval of the constitution of the Board of Clinical Toxinology and establishment of the Board, occurred at the March 2013 IST Council meeting.

IST NEWS

The place and venue for the next IST World Congress hosted by the Pan-American Section of IST is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dates are September 8th to 13th, 2019. A website for this congress has been launched and registration, abstract submission is now open.

IST World Congresses are the premiere scientific (and social) meeting for the IST, held every two years. The most recent IST World Congress was held in October 2017 in Hainan, China. The next World Congress will be in 2019, hosted by the Pan-American Section of IST; September 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The most recent meeting of the Asia-Pacific Section of IST was held in Hainan, China, as part of the World Congress in 2017. The next Asia-Pacific Section regional congress is scheduled for 2020, details not yet determined.

The most recent meeting of the pure European Section of the IST was in Yerevan, Armenia, September 2018.

The next meeting of the European Section of IST will be in 2021 and will be a World Congress. Placecand dates are yet to be confirmed.

The most recent meeting of the Pan-American Section of the IST was held in Miami, September 2016. The next congress for this Section is the World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8th to 13th, 2019.