March 2014

  • This year the VIPER Institute and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum are getting together for a fun and interactive display at the Tucson Festival of Books. Venom and Antivenom, live scorpions, snakes, and spiders will be on display with information on how scientists use venom to make antidotes for treating people who have been bitten or stung.

February 2014

  • February 28, 2014 is internationaly recognized as Rare Disease Day. Envenomations are rare and considered as Rare Diseases by the FDA. 

    This year's focus is to join together for better care.


November 2013

September 2013

  • The Arizona Bioindustry Association has just announced the nomination of Dr. Leslie Boyer as the 2013 Bioscience Researcher of the Year, honoring her contribution to the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of biological processes. Dr. Boyer will receive the award at the 2013 AZBio Awards on October 10, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

August 2013

  • The International Society on Toxinology will host its Pan-American Section Congress in Brazil, November 3-8, 2013, in conjunction with the Brazilian Society of Toxinology.

July 2013

June 2013

  • The May-June edition of International Educator features an article on how the US and Mexican academics collaborate and overcome challenges. Such collaboration between the VIPER Institute and UNAM (Universidad National Autonoma de México) have led to the approval of a drug against scorpion stings, called Anascorp®.





March 2013

  • Dr. Leslie Boyer was honored as a "Leading Edge Researcher at the UA" on Innovation Day at UA on March 28, 2013.  A short video was shown highlighting Dr. Boyer's research accomplishments during the "UA at the Leading Edge" presentation.  "UA at the Leading Edge" is a feature of Innovation Day which is designed to showcase emerging, important research and technologies from UA that are likely to be commercialized in the future.  

    The celebration took place the the Student Union Memorial Center.  
  • On March 9 and 10, 2013, the VIPER Institute joined 450 authors and over 300 exhibitors in participating in the annual Tucson Festival Of Books on the campus of the University of Arizona. Despite the inclemint weather, over 100,000 people attended the festival which provides a wide array of educational events and which is free to the public.