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Treatment of Pitviper Envenomation in the Rural

Southwestern United States:

A Symposium














June 23-24, 2023


Hosted by the Chiricahua Desert Museum


Current Sponsors BTG  RDT  HERPTECH


Organized by Dr. Gordon W. Schuett, Bob Ashley, Dr. William K. Hayes, and Dr. Charles F. Smith



12:00 pm                  On-site Registration

5:00 pm                    Ice breaker

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm    Evening speakers


Daniel E. Keyler, PharmD, FAACT 
Title: Introduction to the Symposium:  When a Snake Strikes and You're in the Middle of Nowhere!


Michael D. Cardwell, MS    
Title: Clinically Significant Reptiles of the American Southwest



08:45 am – 09:00 am  



09:00 am – 09:30 am  

Stephen P. Mackessy, PhD                                                                            

Title:  Pitviper Venoms: Composition, Variation and Its Influence on the Symptoms of Envenomation


09:30 am – 10:00 am  

William K. Hayes, PhD                                                                                  

Title:  The Kiss of Death: How Snakes Use Their Venom                          


10:00 am – 10:30 am  

Elda E. Sánchez, PhD                                                       

Title:  The Natural Toxins Research Center: A Resource to Support Snake and Snake Venom Related Research


BREAK 10:30 am – 11:00 am Geronimo Event Center


11:00 am – 11:30 am  

BTG (e.g., Richard Straight PhD) 

Title:  Antivenom      


11:30 am – 12:00 pm      

RDT (e.g., Jude T. McNally, RPh, DABAT)     
Title:  Antivenom


LUNCH 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Geronimo Event Center or On Your Own

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm      

Kimberly Wyatt, MS  
Title:  National Snakebite Support: A Social Media Platform for Improving Snakebite Education and Treatment

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm      

Nicklaus P. Brandehoff, MD                                                                             
Title: Evaluation of Pitviper Envenomation: Pre-hospitalization Protocols

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm      

Spencer C. Greene, MD, MS, FACEP                                                                          
Title:  Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) Venoms and Envenomings


BREAK  3:30 pm – 4:00 pm    Geronimo Event Center


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm      

Daniel E. Keyler, PharmD, FAACT, Elizabeth A. Grossart, MD, Frank G. Walter, MD, and Bob Ashley 

Title:  Regional Case Study: A Bite from a Juvenile Tamaulipan Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus morulus)


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm      

Craig W. Woods, DVM, MS, MBA  
Title:  Veterinary Medicine’s Snakebite Landscape



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm      

Geronimo Event Center


6:30 pm – 7:30 pm      

Geronimo Event Center

Speaker:  Sean P. Bush, MD         

Title:  Nuances in the Medical Management of Pitviper Envenoming

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