May 2015

  • The VIPER Institute is the sponsor of a clinical trial studying the safety and efficacy of a new coral snake antivenom in Florida. The study is currently enrolling patients at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and soon at Lee Memorial Hospital, in Fort Meyers, Florida. 

    For more information on the study, visit the website.

January 2015

  • The VIPER Institute is excited to be once again part of Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 14 and 15th, 2015, between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Come and join us to meet researchers and look at our shared display with the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum where you will see live creatures and get hands on experiences about venom and antivenom research.

    For more information, go to the Science City website.

December 2014

September 2014

  • Dr. Boyer will be representing the VIPER Institute at the fourth annual Arizona Insect Festival on Sunday, September 21 from 11 am to 4 pm in the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor. The festival is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome! There is free parking in all UA garages.  

    Dr. Boyer will be at the booth called Stings N' Things:  

August 2014

July 2014

  • Dr. Boyer received a phone call from Dr. Audrey Siegrist, veterinarian at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) for an unusual consult a few weeks ago. A Red Tail Hawk had been bitten by a rattlesnake during "Raptor Free Flight", one of the most popular show at ASDM. The bite was life threatening to the hawk and Dr. Siegrist asked Dr. Boyer for guidance on antivenom dosing.

June 2014

  • Listen to Dr. Greta Binford, Associate Professor of Biology, Lewis and Clarck College, Portland, Oregon, and member of the VIPER Institute, untangling the fascinating science of spiders during a recent interview on Science Friday and watch her milk a spider.

March 2014

  • Aljazeera America recently published an article on the high pricing of scorpion and snake antivenom in the United States and the potential explanation on why the costs are so high.

  • Dr Leslie Boyer, director of the University of Arizona’s VIPER Institute, recently shared her life’s work and what she called “some pretty icky pictures” with students and families at St. Gregory College Preparatory School’s Spotlight on Science.

  • The booth held by the VIPER Institute and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum at the Tucson Festival of Books 2014 on March 15 and 16 was a great success! Thank you to those of you who came by and had the opportunity to see live venomous creatures of our desert, ask questions about venom and envenomations and have a temporary scorpion tatoo, it was great fun!