Posters and presentation information
Thank you for considering to present your work as a poster at Phages 2016.
Please prepare your poster in A1 portrait format (59cm wide x 84cm long). Please do not laminate your poster. Further information about poster sizes can be found on the following link:
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Maximum capacity 20 A1 potrait posters
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Poster presenters will be required to send us their poster as PDF at least two weeks before the event. The posters will be made available via the event website or other electronic media after the event (see copyright terms).
Posters will be displayed for the full duration of the conference.Titles of accepted poster abstracts will be displayed below.
(Presenters in Bold)
If your abstract has been accepted for presentation but it does not appear in the list below, please let us know as soon as possible by email on VenomsOxford@gmail.com.
A selection of posters can be downloaded on this link (password protected)
Investigating Britain’s most venomous spider: what can we learn from the venom of the False Noble Widow Steatoda nobilis?
Michel M. Dugon1*, Sam Afoullouss1*, Mila Ljujic2, Janic Schulte1, Amanda McEvoy1, Michael J. English1, Ruth Hogan1, John P. Dunbar1, Peter Crowley3 Afshin Samali2 and Ronan Sulpice1
1 Venom Systems & Proteomics Lab, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway
2 Apoptosis Research Centre (ARC) Biomedical Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway
3 School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland Galway
* Equally contributing authors
The spider subfamily Latrodectinae includes the genera Latrodectus (“true” widows) and Steatoda (false widows) of which many have medically significant bites. It is assumed that Latrodectinae of medical importance possess a neurotoxic venom containing variations of α-latrotoxin which targets specifically the nervous system of vertebrates…
Cobra venoms as drug discovery tools
Paul A Grant1, Carol M Trim2 and Steven A Trim1
1 Venomtech Ltd, Discovery Park House, Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9ND, UK
2 Section of Life Sciences, School of Human and Life Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, CT1 1QU, UK
Elapidae venoms, specifically those of the genus Naja, have a diverse range of utilities in drug discovery programmes. The well characterised Nicotinic AcetylCholine blocking activity is the dominant mechanism, however a diverse range of other activities have been discovered. Divergent evolution across the genus has produced an amazing diversity of stable peptides and protein tools. Screening venoms from closely related species allows for the…
Development of an ELISA to detect Indian red scorpion (Hottentotta tamulus) antigenaemia
Kirsti A Newton1, Tim Winks1, Khuyen T K Vo1, Dinh Ng1, Jade Kilty1, Keeley M Berry1, Rose Wanjiru1, Sandeepan Mukherjee3, Nakul Shah3 Abhay Chowdhary3 Vivek Natu2 & Peter N Strong1
1 Biomolecular Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB UK
2 Vijayshree Hospital, Umroli, Chiplun Ratnagiri 41570, India
3 Haffkine Institute, Mumbai 400012, India
The Indian red scorpion is the medically most important scorpion on the Indian sub-continent and a sting to young children can often be fatal. Although the alpha-adrenergic blocker prazosin has been the conventional method of treating individuals stung by this scorpion, specific antivenom has recently been shown to be very effective and in many cases, is now being used as the treatment of choice. At present, the amount of either prazosin…
Discovery of human antibodies against black cobra toxins
Mia Øhlenschlæger1, Mikael R. Andersen1, Brian Lohse2, Andreas H. Laustsen1,2
1 Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark
2 Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Snakebite envenoming represents a major health threat in tropical parts of the developing world, where shortage of antivenom is currently the cause of morbidity and a high number of fatalities. In sub-Saharan Africa only 1-2% of snakebite victims are treated with animal-derived antisera, which currently constitute the only effective treatment option. Unfortunately, serum-based antivenoms are associated with severe side effect, since…
Spider-bite telephone enquiries to the United Kingdom Poisons Information Service
Talan A Parnell1, John P Thompson1, J Allister Vale2, Michael Eddleston3, Thomas Simon HL4, James M Coulson
1 National Poisons Information Service, Cardiff, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff, CF64 2XX, UK
2 National Poisons Information Service, Birmingham, City Hospital, Birmingham, B18 7QH, UK
3 National Poisons Information Service, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, EH16 4SA, UK
4 National Poisons Information Service, Newcastle, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, NE1 4LP, UK
The epidemiology of presumed spider bite cases that present to medical services within the United Kingdom is not well described. The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) database was interrogated for telephone enquiries concerning spider bites between January 2011 and December 2015. Anonymised data were collected on patient demographics, source of enquiry, location and circumstances of exposure, spider type, clinical features and poisoning severity score (PSS). A total of…
Synthesis and expression of antimicrobial peptides derived from Scorpio maurus palmatus venom
Kirstie M Rawson, Melissa Lacey, Peter N Strong and Keith Miller
Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 1WB UK
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are becoming an increasing threat globally. The challenges of treating multi-drug resistant strains are already having a significant impact on patient morbidity and mortality. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are being viewed as potential alternatives to traditional antibiotics, due to a rapid killing mechanism and low resistance potential. AMP mechanism of action is thought to be influenced by their amphipathic nature…