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.
The IST Constitution was revised at a special meeting held during the European IST Congress in Valencia in September. The changes made were required to meet current taxation law requirements. The vote to accept the revised Constitution was unanimous, with 47 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions. This revision was a minor revision only and does not preclude future revisions, should the membership of IST so choose.
The revised Constitution is now officially in effect. In the near future the Society bank account and payment options will change to take advantage of the clarified taxation status.
Council will establish a temporary committee of Members to examine each aspect of the Constitution and determine if further changes are required, so that these may be presented to members in 2012 and voted on at the next World Congress of the Society in Hawaii, July 2012. It is intended that this process will constitute a complete consideration and revision of the Constitution to ensure it meets modern and required standards in all respects. As previously noted, the Constitution was drafted and adopted in 1954 at the foundation of the Society.
The World Health Organisation have added snakebite to their list of Neglected Tropical Diseases. This is a very important step in gaining support for dealing with the global envenoming problem.
Global Snakebite Initiative
Global Snakebite Statistics
The next IST World Congress, the 17th World Congress of the Society, will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, july 8th to 13th, 2012. A website for the Congress has been established. It will provide full information on the Congress, online registration and abstract submission, so regularly visit the site for updates and details. This Congress will be jointly held with Venom Week 2012 and promioses to be a most exciting meeting. All toxinologists are encouraged to attend.
The most recent IST international meeting was the World Congress, held in Recife, Brazil, March 15-20, 2009. Further details on this important meeting will be posted on the IST website in the near future. 548 people registered for the Congress from 45 countries and there were 473 abstracts submitted. At this meeting, the changeover of IST Officebearers occurred. For the next 3 years Prof. P. Gopalakrishnakone of Singapore will be IST President and Prof. Julian White of Adelaide, Australia will be Secretary Treasuer. Prof. White was re-elected at this Congress for a second 3 year term. Elections for IST President for the next 3 year term will be held shortly, as there are several candidates. The IST congratulates and thanks our Brazilian hosts for this recent Congress in Recife, Brazil.
IST World Congresses are the premiere scientific (and social) meeting for the IST, held every three years. Recent previous IST World Congresses were in Glasgow in 2006, Adelaide in 2003 and Paris in 2000. The recent Congress website is http://www.istsbtx2009.com.br/index.asp
The most recent meeting of the European Section of the IST was in Valencia, Spain, September 11-15, 2011. A wide variety of topics were covered, from venomous animal taxonomy to genomics and venomics, plus clinical toxinology sessions and a symposium on the CONCO Project. With so many presentations, the days were long, plus numerous posters to read. More details are available at a dedicated web site http://istmeetingvlc2011.ibv.csic.es/. About 280 members and other scientists attended this large, busy and successful meeting in a spectacular Science Museum building in sunny Valencia. The Society thanks all those involved in organising this meeting, especially Prof. Juan Calvete, for their hard work and commitment to making the meeting successful. Well done!
The next meeting of the European Section of IST has yet to be determined, but there is a tentative proposal from France, possibly Nice or Cannes.
The most recent meeting of the Asia-Pacific Section of the IST was in Vladivostock, Russia, September 4-8, 2011, at the Conference Hall of the Primorsky Region Administration. The main topics were; toxin structure & mode of action, proteomics & genomics, drug development, clinical toxinology, toxins miscellaneous. More details may be found at the Congress web site http://www.ap-ist.org/index.html. About 80 members and other scientists attended this small meeting, the first IST meeting ever held in Russia. Not surprisingly the meeting had a heavy representation from Russian toxinologists, but also toxinologists from a number of other nations in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Vladivostock has a wonderful setting next to the sea, which attendees were further introduced to on the Congress tour, by boat.The Society thanks all those involved in organising this meeting, especially Prof. Eugene Grishin and Prof. Valentin Stonik, for their hard work and commitment to making the meeting successful. Well done!
The next meeting of the Asia-Pacific Section of IST has yet to be determined, but there is a proposal from China.
The most recent meeting of the Pan-American Section of the IST was held at the Hotel Real International, San Jose, in Costa Rica, April 18-22, 2010. The contact person for this meeting was Prof. Gutierrez, JOSE.GUTIERREZ@ucr.ac.cr.
The next meeting of the Pan-American Section of IST has yet to be determined.