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BNITM: Interdisciplinary Summer School on Snakebite Poisonings

BNITM, Hamburg

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is offering an interdisciplinary summer school on snakebite poisonings from September 25 to 29.

The summer school is co-organized by the two clinic partners Ulrich Kuch from the Department of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Jörg Blessmann from the BNITM's Snakebite Poisoning Working Group. The two experts have been working in snakebite research and snakebite management for decades, including in Laos, Bangladesh, and Ecuador.

Poisoning from snakebites is the deadliest disease among the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Up to 140,000 people die annually from poisonous snakes, and more than 400,000 survive with permanent disabilities. The World Health Organization's declared goal is to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities by 50 percent by 2030.

The summer school is aimed at young researchers from various disciplines and countries who work on NTDs and snakebite poisonings or are interested in them. Since snakebites represent a complex One Health problem, the summer school is designed to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange.

The summer school is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA).

Further information on the summer school and registration requirements can be found on the BNITM's website.


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