ARCHIVES OCT 17 > 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting > Natural Toxins Academy

This one-day conference will focus on the evidence and experienced-based perspectives by experts in the field with respect to plant toxins, anti-venoms, and overall economic concerns associated with antidotal therapy.

  • Review the pathophysiology of plant-induced neurotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, and multi-organ failure.
  • Address the toxicity of, and alternatives to, traditional insecticides.
  • Describe the mechanisms behind and clinical features of naturally-occurring hallucinogens.
  • Discuss the role of antivenom and specific antidotal therapy in the treatment of venom-associated thrombocytopenia, angioedema, and tissue damage.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.” Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Alabama School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Program Agenda
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Spencer C. Greene, MD, MS, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Christina H. Hernon, MD, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA
The Peas Are Red, the Crocus Are Blue. Have a Colorful Meal, Multiple Organ Failure Will Ensue: The Toxicology Behind Cytotoxic Plant Poisoning
Vikhyat S. Bebarta, MD, FACMT, Lt. Col., USAF, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
G. Patrick Daubert, MD, FACMT, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Regional Toxicology Service, Sacramento, CA
The Retina: A Vulnerable, Sensitive, and Predictive Target of Toxicity
Donald A. Fox, PhD, University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX
9:25-9:35am Break
The Bradykinin Bunch: Toxin-Induced Angioedema
Spencer C. Greene, MD, MS, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
10:05-10:45am Breakout Sessions (sessions repeated 2:10-2:50pm, attend 2/3)
Plantidotal Therapy: Common Remedies for Uncommon Plant Poisonings
Aaron Skolnik, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Michael Levine, MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Amy E. Zosel, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
B. Tripping Out on Mother Nature's Dime: Hallucinogen Cases
Dan Quan, DO, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Jennie A. Buchanan, MD, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, CO
Evan Schwarz, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Yo! GABA GABA and Other Key Players in "Natural" Seizures
Christina H. Hernon, MD, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA
Brian J. Wolk, MD, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
OPP….you don’t know me: Novel Therapies for Cholinesterase Inhibitor Toxicity
Steven B. Bird, MD, FACMT, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
11:20am-12:40pm Lunch - on your own
Psychoactive Plants 2014: Herbal Products and Extracts Used as Recreational Drugs
Earth and Fire Erowid, Erowid Center, Grass Valley, CA
From Bt to RNAi: Current and Emerging Uses of Insecticidal Toxins in Genetically Engineered Crops
Daniel A. Goldstein, MD, FACMT, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO
2:00-2:10pm Break
2:10-2:50pm Breakout Sessions (see above)
Liver Let Die: Hepatotoxicity from Herbal Remedies
Ram Subramanian, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
3:25-3:35pm Break
Coagulopathies in Rattlesnake Envenomations: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?
Shaun D. Carstairs, MD, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Panel Discussion: Does It Really Cost an Arm and a Leg to Save an Arm or a Leg? Pharmacoeconomics of Antivenom Therapy
Moderator: Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Discussants: Kenneth W. Kulig, MD, FACMT, Toxicology Associates, Denver, CO; Christian Tomaszewski, MD, FACMT, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA; Jude McNally, PharmD, Rare Disease Therapeutics, Franklin, TN
Concluding Remarks
Spencer C. Greene, MD, MS, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Christina H. Hernon, MD, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing on or prior to January 31, 2014 are subject to a $75 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after January 31, 2014. Please send cancellation request to ACMT at, or fax to 623-533-6520.

Planning Committee

Spencer C. Greene, MD, MS, Chair
Christina H. Hernon, MD, Co-Chair
Michele M. Burns, MD, MPH, FACMT
Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT
Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT


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