Professor David A Warrell DM DSc FRCP FRCPE FMedSci
International Director (Hans Sloane Fellow), Royal College of Physicians, London; Emeritus Professor of Tropical Medicine (former head), Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, and Hon Fellow St Cross College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; Principal Fellow, Australian Venom Research Unit at Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Researcher, physician, natural historian, teacher and traveller in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Papua New Guinea. Founding Director, Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Network. Consultant: WHO, British Army, FCO, MRC, RGS, Earth Watch, etc. Past President Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and International Federation of Tropical Medicine. Research publications on infectious, tropical and respiratory diseases, venomous animals, envenoming, plant and chemical poisoning and expedition medicine. Editor of five editions of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.
Edward (Eddie) Rowan was awarded his PhD in 1987 in pharmacology and neurobiology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He is head of the Centre for Venom and Toxin Drug Discovery. His research interests are centred on the pharmacological action animal venoms with a particular interest in neurotoxin phospholipase toxins that alter neurotransmitter release at mammalian neuromuscular junctions. He was the first to discover that phospholipase toxins facilitate transmitter release though blocking nerve terminal potassium channels. He is currently collaborating on projects aimed at understanding the pharmacology of several clinically important scorpion venoms. Eddie co-organised the 2006 IST Congress at Glasgow.