May 2009

  • A multidisciplinary group of UA scientists and clinicians led by Leslie Boyer of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center now have a new affiliation: the VIPER Institute became an official academic organizational unit within the UA College of Medicine following approval of the Arizona Board of Regents in October.


    Venomous creatures lurk in Arizona and Mexico’s deserts and an unfortunate encounter with the venom from a scorpion’s stinger or a snake’s bite on either side of the border can be fatal.

    Fortunately, The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine is home to the VIPER Institute, which stands for Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response. 

  • Effective May 8, 2009, the Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute is pleased to announce the establishment of a new website, hosted by the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center at Over the next couple of months, we’ll be adding details about our programs, stories about patients and about venomous creatures, and information about our 123-and-growing faculty membership. If you have questions, stories, or photos to contribute, please send them to Judi Carrington,


  • With a little "seed money" from the federal government, Leslie Boyer hopes to shore up the country's "critically" low supply of antivenin and quickly distribute that lifesaving drug to health care providers nationwide.

    Boyer heads the University of Arizona's Venom Immonochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute, which seeks $450,000 to begin creating a national distribution network for antivenin, a drug given to people suffering from bites from snakes, spiders and other insects and reptiles.

  • SILVER SPRING, MD – A venomous snakebite can create a life-threatening situation. Often, the proper treatment requires the use of a specific antidote, called an antivenom, and the speed with which it can be obtained and administered can mean the difference between life and death. Approximately 3,000 native and 50 non-native (exotic) bites from venomous snakes are reported to U.S. poison centers each year.

January 2009