The Centre for
Snakebite Research & Interventions
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Robert Harrison,

Principle Investigator, SRPNTS

The eagerly anticipated paradigm shift in snakebite treatment that SRPNTS represents is only possible through (i) the generous funding (albeit now at risk) from the UK Government FCDO and (ii) the extraordinary commitment and effort by the largest, most technically and geographically diverse research consortium ever deployed for snakebite research. I feel deeply honoured to be a member of this research group.   

 
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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
For 50 years, the Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions at LSTM has conducted a diverse portfolio of research activities to better understand the biology of snake venoms and use this information to improve the efficacy, safety, and affordability of antivenom treatment of tropical snakebite victims. 
 

Leads.

NICHOLAS
CASEWELL

Professor

Nicholas Casewell received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Liverpool, during which time he also studied at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, before conducting a PhD studentship at Bangor University where he studied the composition, evolution, and immunology of saw-scaled viper venoms and their antivenoms. Subsequently, he became Antivenom Manager for the UK manufacturing company MicroPharm Limited, in a commercial and academic collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed as a Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and, subsequently, as a Senior Lecturer in 2016, before being appointed to a proleptic Chair in Tropical Disease Biology by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His research focus is to understand the mechanisms by which variation in venom (toxin) composition are generated, and how this variation can be circumvented during the development of new therapeutics for snakebite.

ROBERT
HARRISON

Deputy Head

Rob Harrison serves as technical co-Director of the SRPNTS consortium specializing in venom toxin characterization. He leads the Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions (CSRI) and is a Professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Rob and his team conduct a variety of research activities with the objective to ‘improve the treatment of snakebite’. This includes the provision of antivenom to treat rural snakebite victims in Nigeria through a collaboration (the EchiTAb Study Group) with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, the University of Oxford and antivenom producers in UK and Costa Rica. This collaboration has resulted in the provision of 34,000 vials of new antivenoms (17,000 life-saving treatments) to resolve the crisis in antivenom supply to Nigeria. Rob received bachelor’s degree from Nottingham University and MSc/PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

BRENT
THOMAS

Programme Manager

Brent Thomas is a programme manager at the Centre for Snakebite Research and Intervention (CSRI) for both the DFID-funded SRPNTS programme and the NIHR-funded African Snakebite Research Group (ASRG). Before joining the CSRI in 2019, he worked at the Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease (CNTD) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) where he was the technical programme manager for the Liberian and Ghanaian NTD programmes as well as the laboratories support by CNTD in addition to providing on-the-ground technical assistance to other countries within the DFID-funded LF Elimination programme. Brent has a vested interest in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the programmes through co-implementation and integrated (when possible) of programmes and activities for NTDs; both the traditionally preventive chemotherapy NTDs as well as the case management NTDs and snakebite. 

brent.thomas@lstmed.ac.uk

ARIANNA
BRACCIONI

Programme Manager

Arianna joined CSRI in March 2019 as Programme Manager of the DFID SRPNT programme on next generation snakebite therapies and she is responsible for the financial compliance of the centre. She has worked as Research Grants Manager for three years in the Research Management Services of LSTM. Prior to joining LSTM, Arianna worked as Research Support Officer at the University of Liverpool. Before moving to the UK Arianna has worked for ten years as EU Project Manager at Sapienza University of Rome. She has graduated in 2008 in Foreign Languages and Literatures and has an MA in Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management, both from the University of Perugia.

arianna.braccioni@lstmed.ac.uk

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DAVID
LALLOO

Director

David Lalloo has served as Director of LSTM since January 2019. Prior to this, David was Dean of Clinical Sciences and International Public Health and was Director of the Wellcome Trust Liverpool Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research and the Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme. He has a strong interest in identifying and supporting young UK clinicians interested in tropical research and strengthening scientific capacity in resource poor settings. Having undergone initial training in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, David Lalloo trained in General (Internal) Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He undertook clinical and laboratory research in Oxford before moving as Senior Lecturer to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1999. Since then he has focused on clinical trials in the tropics, particularly in HIV related infections, malaria and envenoming. He currently has collaborations and studies in several countries including Malawi, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, Nigeria, eSwatini, and South Africa.

Team members.

 

EDOUARD 
CRITTENDEN

Herpetarium Technician

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edouard.crittenden@lstmed.ac.uk

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RACHEL
CLARE

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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rachel.clare@lstmed.ac.uk

STUART AINSWORTH

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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stuart.ainsworth@lstmed.ac.uk

MARK
WILKINSON

Senior Research Assistant

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mark.wilkinson@lstmed.ac.uk

JAFFER 

AL SOLAISS

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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jaffer.alsolaiss@lstmed.ac.uk

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ANNA
TRELFA

Clinician

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anna.trelfa@lstmed.ac.uk

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MARY 
CREEGAN

Programme Coordinator

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STEFANIE
MENZIES

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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ROHIT
PATEL

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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BECKY
EDGE

Research Assistant

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PHILLIP 
CROZIER

Database Engineer

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SAMUEL

PREM ANANTH

Purchasing & Finance Officer

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samuel.ananth@lstmed.ac.uk

 

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