Snakebite Research Network
Our mission is to solve the neglected public health problem of snakebite by enabling research, innovation and evidence-informed action.
Venom of several Indian green pit vipers: Comparison of biochemical activities and cross-reactivity with antivenoms
Green pit vipers, fomprise a large group of venomous snakes found across the humid areas of tropical and sub-tropical Asia, including in the northern and north-eastern hilly region of India.They are medically important snakes. Researchers from India and UK , including network members Surajit Giri and Vishal Santra used crude venom of representative species of…
A paper microfluidic device based colorimetric sensor for the detection and discrimination of elapid versus viper envenomation
Snakebite is a neglected tropical disease, causing mortality andmorbidity There is increasing interest in designing new antivenom treatments that are more specific to particular groups of species, given the increasing evidence that current polyvalent Indian antivenom is ineffective in many situations. Under these circumstances, being able to detect the species, or a group of species,…
Mitigating the chronic burden of snakebite: turning the tide for survivors
The International Snakebite Awareness Day has taken place annually on Sept 19 since 2018. Snakebites kill an estimated 137 880 people each year and three times as many survivors live with life-changing disabilities. ,,Since 2018, there has been some increased funding for research and development of antivenoms and other therapies. But there is a pressing need to additionally…
Promoting co-existence between humans and venomous snakes
Studies of snake biology has largely focused on its taxonomy and venoms. Several other aspects of snake biology, including but not limited to behaviour, spatial ecology , distribution, and demography, is not well studied. A new review published by researchers from several countries including Vishal Santra, a member of the Snakebite Research Network, illustrate how…
A compendium of snakes in India
On World Nature Conservation Day 2021 we present a compendium listing all 332 snakes in India compiled by Vivek Sharma . It is handy and can serve as a ready reckoner.
Ignorance is not bliss: a perspective on the neglected snakebite problem in India
Ignorance is not bliss: a perspective on the neglected snakebite problem in India by Senji Laxme