Plenary Speaker

Dr. Juan J. Calvete

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Born in Valencia, Spain (1957), Dr. Juan J. Calvete, Ph.D. is Professor of the Spanish National Research Council and PI and Director of the Evolutionary and Translational Venomics Laboratory at the Biomedicine Institute of Valencia (Spain).  His research group has developed proteomic platforms to study the composition and evolution of snake venoms ("venomics") and the effectiveness of antivenoms ("antivenomics"), with the aim of contributing to alleviate the neglected pathology of snakebite envenoming. Published papers (ORCID 0000-0001-5026-3122) accumulate more than 27000 citations, with an H index of 90 (linked here). Dr. Calvete was founding member and served as first President (2004-2009) of the Spanish Proteomics Society, and from 2011-2019 was President of the European Section of the International Society on Toxinology. Currently he is Editorial Board Member of Toxicon and Toxicon:X, Journal of Venom Research, Toxin Reviews, Biochemie, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Proteomics. Dr. Calvete belongs to the Board of Directors of the Global Snakebite Initiative (http://www.snakebiteinitiative.org), an internationally-active non-profit organisation, registered in Australia, led by snakebite experts who are dedicated to improving access to good quality, robustly tested, safe, and effective antivenoms in the world’s poorest communities. Dr. Juan Calvete is also a member of the Roster of Experts that assists WHO in the implementation of its Strategic Plan for Control and Prevention of Snakebite Envenoming, and of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Group on the Development of Target Product Profiles (TPPs) for Snake Antivenom Products. Dr. Calvete has received several awards, including the 1989 Young Scientist Award  of International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the 2008 Premio La Luna Sale a Tiempo de Ciencia y Tecnología, the Vital Brazil Medal of the Brazilian Instituto Vital Brazil, Niteròi, RJ (September 2013), and more recently the 2019 Redi Award, the highest award granted by the International Society on Toxinology on the occasion of its biennial World Congress, for "The development of an entirely new experimental venomics and antivenomics platforms for revealing the true complexity (and evolutionary wonder) of venoms".

Talk title:

Quo vadis venomics?