Texas A&M University-Kingsville NNTRC reps attend, win at 19th World Congress in China
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NNTRC reps attend, win at 19th World Congress in China

Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2017


Four representatives of the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville attended the 19th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology in Haikou, China. They came home with two Excellent Poster Awards.

Making the trip to China were Dr. Elda Sanchez, director of the NNTRC and associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Montamas Suntravat, assistant research professor; and master’s students Ilse Diego of Eagle Pass and Jessenia Marquez of Miami.

Sanchez, Suntravat and Sungmin Yoon, former graduate student, received an Excellent Poster Award for their poster, Expression, Purification and Characterization of the New Recombinant Crotamine Isoform from the Venom Glad of Crotalus oreganus helleri.

Diego, Suntravat and Sanchez also received an Excellent Poster Award for their poster The Design of an X-Aptamer against Snake Venom Disintegrins.

“We had quite an experience,” Sanchez said. “The language was a barrier, but we were able to get by because the people were wonderful. Haikou is on an island south of China and not very many people speak English, but the people were friendly and always willing to help.

“It was a great experience for our graduate students. They were able to experience an entirely different culture and food. They had an opportunity to meet the scientists and authors whose articles they read about and editors of the scientific journals we publish in. They established new friendships and collaborations with other students on the other side of the world,” she added.

The International Society on Toxinology is a global society of scientists and clinicians founded in 1962 with an aim for the advancement of venoms, poisons and toxins. Over 400 people were in attendance at the World Congress.


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