VENOMOUS ANIMALS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

Why animals have venom and just how likely you are to die from a venomous animal in North Queensland is the topic of the first Café Scientific event organised by James Cook University on April 10.

Everyone is welcome to join this Café Scientific talk 'Venomous animals in North Queensland' on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6.30-7.30pm at The Salt House, The Pier, 6/2 Pier Point Road.

RSVP: http://venomousanimals.eventbrite.com.au/

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researcher Associate Professor Jamie Seymour has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for more than 20 years and will talk about "the way these beasts earn a living and determine just how likely you are to die from a venomous animal in north Queensland." 

"Australia seems to have an overabundance of venomous animals compared to the rest of the world, and within our sunburnt continent. North Queensland has a higher diversity of lethal venomous critters than any other place on the planet, and I'm interested in finding out why animals have venom" A/Prof Seymour said.

The Science & Society in the Tropics Public Lecture Series is presented by The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences at JCU and QTHA in partnership with Inspiring Australia.

Associate Professor Seymour, a venom expert at JCU's Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics is based in Cairns in Northern Australia, a place which has an extraordinary number of venomous animals.

Being able to study the ecology and biology of Australia's venomous species has allowed A/Prof Seymour to successfully contribute to the decrease in poisonous stings of humans by jellyfish in Australia, Timor Leste, Thailand and Hawaii. He has worked for the United Nations and his research is directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings.

A/Prof Seymour is the founding director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for studying the ecology and biology of box jellyfish, and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish poisonous stings.

More about A/Prof Seymour can be learned from this link http://www.qtha.org.au/research/researchers/associate-professor-jamie-seymour

For more information or to arrange an interview contact

Lisa Jones +61 (0) 7 40421311 or  email email/lisa.jones1)(jcu.edu.au

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