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Venomous Course
3) Biochemistry of Poisonous Animals
Coordinator: Bayardo B. Torres (IQ-USP)

Abstract: Poisons of venomous animals have been studied for a long time, for their medical interest as much as their applicability in experimental models in several fields of biomedical sciences. Although many mechanisms of action have not been completely elucidated yet, what is known supports the study of some themes relevant to physiopathology that are not approached in regular undergraduate courses. The approach of the course will be multi-disciplinary, dealing with the action of the poisons in neurotransmission, blood coagulation, inflammatory mediation and pain. The animals chosen as models of study were the ones with greatest epidemiological importance in Brazil and the largest amount of available information on the toxic action of their poisons: Crotalus sp (rattlesnake), Bothrops sp (jararaca), Loxosceles sp (brown spider), Tityus sp (yellow scorpion) e Phoneutria sp (“armadeira” spider).

Target public: Undergraduate and postgraduate students
Length: 6 hours, distributed over 3 days, 2 hours a day.
Dates: May 22 to 24, 2007
Time: 8 am to 10 am
Language: Portuguese


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