UA VIPER Institute to Host Scorpion Envenomation Symposium in Phoenix

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
EVENT:                     ‘Scorpion Envenomation and Its Treatment in Arizona’ Symposium
A professional conference centered on Anascorp®, the FDA-approved scorpion antivenom
 
DATE/TIME:            Tuesday, Feb. 7; interview availabilities at 8 a.m. and noon
 
LOCATION:             Virginia G. Piper Auditorium
                                  University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
                                 6000 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix
 
SPEAKERS:              Leslie Boyer, MD, founding director, UA VIPER Institute, leads a day of experts discussing what led to the approval of scorpion antivenom Anascorp® and what the future holds
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Al Bravo, 602-827-2022, bravoal@email.arizona.edu.
   
Editors: Please contact Al Bravo to arrange interviews. For Spanish-language media, there are two Spanish-speaking presenters as part of the agenda.
 
PHOENIX – Scorpions were some of the first residents of Arizona and their stings are the topic of an upcoming conference.
 
A group of international experts will discuss the past and future of the federally approved scorpion antivenom (Anascorp®) in a symposium titled, “Scorpion Envenomation and Its Treatment in Arizona,” on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 600 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix.
 
The symposium will be  hosted by the UA’s Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Leslie Boyer, MD, VIPER director and lead investigator on the clinical trials.
 
Anascorp® is a scorpion antivenom produced in Mexico and tested in clinical trials conducted through the UA for the treatment of patients suffering the effects of scorpion sting.
 
The symposium will include a historical review of treatments, the science and research behind the antivenom production, clinical experiences in treatment and its challenges and a review of public health considerations, treatment costs and other aspects of the use of the antivenom.
 
Arizona has the highest concentration of dangerous bark scorpions in the United States. About 8,000 scorpion stings occur in the state each year, and several hundred of those require medical treatment, especially among young children.