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Emeritus Professor David A Warrell

Emeritus Professor David A Warrell

David Warrell

DM, DSc, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci; HonF CeylonCP, RThaiCP, WestAfrCP, CPSMumbai


Emeritus Professor of Tropical Medicine

  • Honorary Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford
  • Founding Director Emeritus, Oxford Tropical Medicine Network
  • Principal Fellow, Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Melbourne
  • Hon Prof Tropical Medicine, University of Medicine-1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Profesor Honorario Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
  • Professor Emeritus, Gorgas Institute, Universidad Peruana, Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
  • International Advisor, Australian DFAT-GPFD Myanmar Snake-bite Project, University of Adelaide
  • Core Adviser and Editor, WHO Snakebite Envenoming Working Group (SBE-WG)

Global Snakebite Initiative

Research on the incidence, morbidity and mortality of snake bites in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America; and on the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of envenoming by snakes and other venomous animals. Current sites of active research are Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. The key component of snake bite treatment is provision of specific antivenom. New antivenoms for treatment of saw-scaled viper bites in Nigeria and of taipan bites in Papua New Guinea have been developed and have been clinically tested. Recent findings in India give support to the belief that snake bite is the most neglected of all the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and deserves reprioritisation. This programme is aimed at producing evidence relevant to establishing the true status of snake bite as a public health problem. It has succeeded so far in: 1-persuading WHO to reinsert snake-bite into its list of NTDs with category A prioritisation; 2-introducing snake-bite onto the main agenda of the WHO World Health Assembly (May 2018); 3-coordinating a multi-disciplinary approach to studies of venomous snakes, their venoms and the clinical management of snake-bite.

Estimated deaths and standardized death rates in states with high prevalence of snakebite deaths, 2005. PLoS Negl Trop Dis

WHO SEARO Guidelines for the management of snake-bites. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, 3rd Ed 2016.

WHO SEARO Guidelines for the management of snake-bites. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, 3rd Ed 2016.
WHO AFRO Guidelines: Prevention and Clinical Management of Snakebite in Africa. WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 2010.
Rabies and Envenomings A Neglected Public Health Issue Report of a Consultative Meeting WHO Geneva 10 January 2007

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