Welcome Address

    On behalf of the organizing committee, we are proud to announce that the 19th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology (IST) will be held in Haikou, People’s Republic of China, from October 24 to 31, 2017.

    It is the first time that IST World Congress will be held in China. The 19th congress will incorporate the 11th Asia Pacific Conference of the International Society on Toxinology and the 13th Chinese Conference on Toxin and Medical Application. We will also welcome representation from our affiliate societies of the IST. Thus, the 19th IST World Congress will encompass a broad range of themes, including bacterial toxins, fungal toxins, plant toxins, animal venoms, synthesized toxins, toxin discovery & structure identification, toxin pharmacology, and clinical toxinology etc.

    Following the great success of previous IST world congresses, scholars from all over the world are cordially invited to participate. We anticipate there will be approximately 400 participants and many highly prestigious researchers have expressed their interest to attend. Another exciting new activity at the 2017 IST will be presentations by our student members of the IST. These presentations will be selected by the IST Student Committee comprised of student members from the three IST regional sections.

    As you can see, this congress will provide numerous opportunities and venues for you to present your exciting results and network with international colleagues and students. Furthermore, the host city Haikou is located on a beautiful international tourism island, boasting evergreen trees, high quality air, scenic coastlines, and rich Asian cultures.

    We sincerely invite you to attend this hallmark biennial event of IST in 2017 and we look forward to meeting you in Haikou.

    Best Regards

    Sulan Luo, Professor & Ph.D.

    Chair of the IST 2017 Haikou Congress Local Organising Committee

    Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program

    Director, Key Lab for Tropical Biological Resources, Ministry of Education

    Director, Key Lab for Marine Drugs of Haikou

    Hainan University, Haikou, Hainan, 570228, P. R. China

    Greetings and Felicitations!

    As President of the International Society on Toxinology, I wish to extend my heart-felt welcome to all our honored participants at this, the 19th World Congress of our society. This meeting, held at beautiful Haikou China promises to be provide us all with an showcase of outstanding science focusing on the fascinating and far ranging field of toxinology. The meeting chair, Professor Luo and her organizing team have assembled a program that highlights all of the most important areas of the field including basic, translational and clinical science investigations devoted to toxinology. We also look forward to stimulating presentations from the student representatives at this congress. Of course, a successful meeting is not generated in the lecture halls alone but also from lively, engaged discussions held during breaks and before and after the formal sessions and all are encouraged to make new friends and colleagues at this congress with the aim of better understanding all facets of the field as well as potentially generating collaborations to synergize our science to the benefit of mankind.

    Thanks again to Professor Luo for organizing this congress as well as to our “sister” meetings taking place with us; The 11th Asia Pacific Conference of the International Society on Toxinology and the 13th Chinese Conference on Toxins and Medical Application.

    Welcome all and let us enjoy our time together and leave with new friends and great colleagues!

    Jay W. Fox, Ph.D.; President, International Society on Toxinology.Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer BiologyDirector, Research InfrastructureAssoc. Director, UVA Cancer CenterUniversity of Virginia School of MedicinePO Box 800734, Charlottesville, VA, 22908, USA

    Dear Colleagues

    As the immediate past president of the International Society on Toxinology, I am very happy to add my welcome to you to this Congress. It is a great occasion to have the IST’s international congress in China, and I am sure that this will stimulate many new ideas and collaborations between toxinologists from all parts of the world.

    I would like to thank the organisers for putting together a challenging and exciting programme and for hosting us in such a beautiful location. I am sure that we all benefit professionally and socially from the coming days.

    With best wishes

    Alan Harvey
    Past President, International Society on Toxinology
    Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
    University of Strathclyde
    Glasgow G4 0NR, UK

    The 19th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Section of IST and for the first time, held in China, represents another evolution of our Society from it’s beginnings at the first World Congress in 1966, in Atlantic City, USA. IST, like toxinology, has come a long way since then and the original domination of “Western” nations in research in toxinology has evolved into a global effort, reflected in the important contribution of toxinologists from the 2017 host nation, China. Toxinology and our Society are truly global in scope, but there remains so much yet to achieve. We will hear, at this Congress, about research into toxins from many living organism groups, from animals (snakes, spiders, scorpions, other terrestrial animals and marine animals including cone snails, fish, jellyfish and others), to plants, mushrooms, other fungal organisms, and of course, bacteria. Each offer their own unique slant on toxin type, structure, function, delivery and effects on hapless humans. Our understanding of the evolution of toxin production in diverse living organisms is reflected in the many molecular-level studies and increasing understanding of DNA, RNA and related areas as evolving research tools.

    Each congress has its own unique mix of topics and themes and balances between basic research into toxins, applied research with toxins as templates for new pharmaceutical development, and the third arm of our field of science, the direct, often negative interaction between toxins and humanity, through problems such as snakebite and the effects of fungal toxins on human health and food production. All of this awaits us at this IST 2017 World Congress.

    Another opportunity is the window this will provide on our host nation’s growing contribution to our science. We will hear of Chinese work in many areas of toxinology, including the diverse possibilities within marine toxinology, the special interest of our Chinese hosts in the tropical environment of Hainan Island, wherein the host city, Haikou, is situated. Without this congress I wonder how many of us would have had an opportunity to visit Haikou and Hainan? What may we discover, beyond toxinology, about this most southern part of China, it’s inhabitants, their interests, way of life, culinary delights?

    The IST may be many decades old, but we must look to the future and it is the young and emerging scientists who will shape that future. The students we mix with, listen to, hopefully learn from at this congress will, I hope, become the future contributors to and leaders within toxinology as the “old hands” like myself inexorably march towards retirement. I therefore wish to extend to our youngest and newest members and colleagues in toxinology a particularly special welcome and very best wishes for their careers.

    Lastly, in recent years toxinology has seen the rise of more localised regional and national toxinology societies. Such interest in our field must surely be a good thing, but there is a potential risk that it may diminish, over time, the involvement at a trans-national and fully international, global level. This could cause longer term issues for IST and toxinology. We live in a world with increasing pressures on resources, including such vital resources as funding for science and medicine. This affects toxinology, as it does all other areas of scientific endeavour. A strong and united truly international voice in toxinology has the potential to help overcome future moves to restrict funding for our area of science and for that reason I hope that these new toxinolgy organisations and their members will see the value in being part of the global toxinology scene, through active engagement with and, where possible, membership of IST. As we gather together to celebrate toxinology at this 19th IST World Congress, I urge you all to think about the role of IST and how you all can strengthen it, make it more relevant and vital in your own future.

    With best wishes to all participants.

    Julian White AM,
    Secretary/Treasurer, International Society on Toxinology.
    Professor, MD, FACTM
    Head of Toxinology
    Women’s & Children’s Hospital
    North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia


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    Hosting Organization

    Key Laboratory of Tropical Biological Resources of 

    Ministry of Education, Hainan University

    International Society on Toxinology(IST)

    Asia-Pacific Section of IST

    Committee of Toxinology, Chinese Society of Toxicology


    Congress President

    Prof. Sulan Luo, China

    Congress Co-Chairmen

    Prof. Songping Liang, China

    Prof. Maikun Teng, China

    Prof. Yun Zhang, China

    Key Dates in 2017

    Oct. 24-31
    Days of Conference
    Before Jun. 30
    Early Bird Registration
    Before Jul. 15
    Early Bird Registration Extension
    After Jul. 15
    Late Registration
    Deadline of Oral Abstract Submissions
    Deadline of Abstract Submissions
    Deadline of Poster Abstract Submissions
    Oct. 24
    On-site Registration


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