The Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions

The Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions

Snakebite is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that kills 81,000-138,000 every year and leaves 400,000 surviving victims with permanent physical disabilities or disfigurements. The majority of victims reside in some of the world's most disadvantaged subsistence farming communities of the tropics.

It is rural, impoverished African and Asian communities, and particularly 10-to-30-year-olds - the most economically important and educationally vulnerable members of the community -that suffer disproportionally high rates of snakebite mortality and morbidity. Snakebite is, therefore, both a consequence and cause of tropical poverty.

The CSRI team at LSTM

What is the CSRI?

Throughout its 50-year history, the CSRI has conducted a diverse portfolio of research activities to better understand the biology of snake venoms and improve the efficacy, safety, and affordability of antivenom treatment for tropical snakebite victims.

Led by Director Professor Nicholas Casewell, the research centre boasts some of the world's leading snakebite experts and has access to LSTM’s herpetarium, the largest and most diverse collection of tropical venomous snakes in the UK, used to support its research activities.

The centre's work powerfully illustrates how UK research benefits human health in the tropics. CSRI members enthusiastically deliver this message to fulfil frequent media requests and as part of regular public engagement activities.

The combination of the centre's venomous snake collection and its extensive research activity makes LSTM one of the best institutions in the world for studying venom biology.

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