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20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology

8–13 Sep 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The detailed program of the IST2019 Congress with the selection for oral presentations and the complete list of posters is now available here.

Welcome from the Chairs

“Greeting Dear Participants of the 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology. Welcome to beautiful Buenos Aires! We are very grateful for your attendance at this congress and look forward to exciting, interactive and informative discussions. For this particular congress we have designed a novel program focusing on several new elements. This will include an in-depth look at how toxinology has impacted public health throughout the world and how we can do more to help those in the field. In addition to the canonical presentations highlighting recent developments in toxinology we will explore how different toxins affect the same organ or organ systems with the aim of better informing the pathophysiology of toxins and organ systems. Clinical sessions covering a number of important and emerging issues will be presented. Finally, in keeping with our recent traditions we will have student-led poster and speaking sessions. We have also built into the program an opportunity to explore beautiful Buenos Aires on your own and on Friday we will offer an optional excursion for you to enjoy a real taste and hospitality of Buenos Aires and Argentina.

On behalf of the organizers, I hope to see you in Buenos Aires to celebrate our 20th World Congress, meet old friends and make new ones and leave Buenos Aires with new ideas for collaborations with new colleagues in this exciting world of toxinology.

See you there!

Jay W. Fox, President of the IST

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Conference Secretariat

International Society on Toxinology

Conference Chairs

University of Virginia, USA

Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology Assoc. Director UVA School of Medicine Research Infrastructure Assoc. Director UVA Cancer Center

Univertisty of Buenos Aires - Ministry of Health. Argentina

R&D Area, Serpentarium - Arachnarium, National Institute for Production of Biologicals - ANLIS "Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán", Ministry of Health and Social Development. Zootoxicology, Cathedra of Toxicology and Toxinopathology laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires.

National Northeastern University, Argentina

Director of Cell Culture Laboratory. National Northeastern University. Faculty of Natural and Exacts Sciences. National Northeastern University.

Costa Rica University, Costa Rica

Clodomiro Picado Institute. Microbiology Faculty. Costa Rica University.

Conference Chairs

Professor Jay W. Fox
University of Virginia, USA

Dr. Soledad Bustillo

National Northeastern University, Argentina

Dr. Adolfo Rafael de Roodt

Univertisty of Buenos Aires - Ministry of Health, Argentina

Dr. Alexandra Rucavado Romero

Costa Rica University, Costa Rica

Scientific Committee

  1. Alagón, Alejandro
  2. Ayvazyan, Naira M
  3. Boyer, Leslie
  4. Calvete, Juan José
  5. Casewell, Nicholas R.
  6. Chavez-Olortegui, Carlos Delfín
  7. de Roodt, Adolfo
  8. Domont, Gilberto
  9. Gutierrez, José María
  10. Harrison, R. A.
  11. Kini, Manjunatha
  12. Krizaj, Igor
  13. Luo, Sulan
  14. Moura-da-Silva, Ana
  15. Mukherjee, Ashis K.
  16. Richardson, Michael K.
  17. Valente, Richard Hemmi
  18. Vishwanath, BS
  19. Wen, Fan Hui
  20. White, Julian
  21. Williams, David J.
  22. Wuelton, Marcelo
  23. Yanagihara, Angel

Students' Committee

1. Sarah Natalie Gimenes
2. Samantha Nixon
3. Micaiah Ward
4. Tim Jenkins
5. Cecilie Knudsen
6. Erika Camacho Umana
7. Rahini Ragavan
8. Ana Cristina Nogueira Freitas
9. Charlotte Dawson
10. Vanessa Costa de Oliviera

Invited Speakers

  1. Abdulrazaq Habib (Nigeria)
  2. George Oluoch or Denis Otundo (Kenya)
  3. Fan Hui Wen (Brazil)
  4. Ymkje Stienestra (Netherlands)
  5. José María Gutiérrez (Costa Rica)
  6. Aida Verdes (Spain)
  7. María Ikonomopoulou (Spain)
  8. Elda Sanchez (USA)
  9. Dennis Servent (France)
  10. Sulan Luo (China)
  11. Phillippe Billiald (France)
  12. Clara Guerra Duarte (Brazil)
  13. Fernando Goldbaum (Argentina)
  14. Edgar Enrique Neri-Castro (Mexico)
  15. Daniel Petras (USA)
  16. Eivind A. B. Undheim (Australia)
  17. Vincent Viala (Brazil)
  18. Jeroen Kool (Netherlands)
  19. Juan J Calvete (Spain)
  20. Somasekar Seshagiri (USA)
  21. Kushal Suryamohan (USA)
  22. Ana Gisele C. Neves-Ferreira (Brazil)
  23. Richard H. Valente (Brazil)
  24. Manjunatha Kini (Singapore)
  25. Johannes Eble (Germany)
  26. Dilza Trevisan Silva (Brazil)
  27. Leslie Boyer (USA)
  28. Jay W. Fox (USA)
  29. Maria Elena de Lima Peres-Garcia (Brazil)
  30. Igor Križaj (Slovenia)
  31. Yuri N. Utkin (Russia)
  32. Naira Ayvazyan (Armenia)
  33. Ronald Jenner (UK)
  34. Ray Norton (Australia)
  35. Nick Casewell (UK)
  36. Fernanda Cardoso (Australia)
  37. Jens Puschhof (The Netherlands)
  38. Gregory Neely (Australia)
  39. Mike Richardson (The Netherlands)
  40. Mrinalini (Singapore)
  41. Angel Yanaginhara (USA)
  42. Wuelton Monteiro (Brazil)
  43. Charles Gerardo (USA)
  44. Ceila Málaque (Brazil)
  45. Joao Ricardo Vissoci (USA)
  46. Jacqueline Sachett (Brazil)
  47. Fernando Val (Brazil)
  48. David Williams (Switzerland)
  49. Tan Choo Hock (Malaysia)

Conference Program

The Conference Program of the 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology is now available, please see below or download it here.

The Detailed Program with the selection for oral presentations is also available, and the completed list of posters for both sessions can be checked below (last update 6 September 2019):

Poster Session I (Monday, Sept. 9):
- List of Academic Posters
- List of Student Posters

Poster Session II (Tuesday, Sept. 10):
- List of Academic Posters
- List of Student Posters

Conference Proceedings

The Conference Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology are now available and can be downloaded here:

- Concurrent Sessions Abstracts
- Posters Sessions Abstracts


The registration fee includes Welcome Cocktail, attendance of all congress sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks, meeting banquet, conference bag and program book.

The registration fee allows for the submission of one abstract without cost; there is a fee of $10 for each additional abstract.

Please note that, in order finalize the scientific program in due time, only the abstracts from completed registrations will be included in the program. The final deadline for authors to complete their registration to attend the IST2019 and cover their work presentation is Thursday, 8 August 2019 (Covering Author Registration Deadline). The abstracts of authors whose registration has not been completed and the relevant fees paid by this date, will be withdrawn from the conference program.

Please note that the fees shown on the column 'Late' apply to on-site registrations.

Certificate of Attendance: Upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Registration Options
Early Bird
Until 24th July 2019
Until 7th September 2019
From 8th September 2019
Academic (IST member) 450.00 USD 500.00 USD 550.00 USD
Academic (Non-IST member) 510.00 USD 560.00 USD 610.00 USD
Student 250.00 USD 275.00 USD 350.00 USD
Registration Options
Academic/Institutional Sponsor 500.00 USD
Silver Sponsor 1000.00 USD
Gold Sponsor 3000.00 USD
Platinum Sponsor 5000.00 USD

Free Registration Options

Cancellation policy

Before end of Early Bird Registration: Refund 50% of the applying fees
Before end of Regular Registration: Refund 25% of the applying fees
After end of Regular Registration: No Refund

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors

The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the congress. Abstracts will also be published in a special issue of Toxicon.

To present your research at the event

Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ on the upper-right corner of the window, or by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage.

Indicate what thematic area is best suited for your research. Categories will be used for reviewing and indexing purposes:

  • Public Health Issues;

  • Basic Toxinology;

  • Clinical Toxinology;

  • Toxinological Technologies.

Submit an abstract in English. The word limits are: minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words.

The deadline to submit your abstract is June, 16th 2019. You will be notified by July, 15th 2019 about the acceptance for poster presentation.

The registration fee allows for the submission of one abstract without cost; there is a fee of $10 for each additional abstract.

Please note that, in order finalize the scientific program in due time, only the abstracts from completed registrations will be included in the program. The final deadline for authors to complete their registration to attend the IST2019 and cover their work presentation is Thursday, 8 August 2019 (Covering Author Registration Deadline). The abstracts of authors whose registration has not been completed and the relevant fees paid by this date, will be withdrawn from the conference program.

Poster Information

Maximum poster size: 0.90 m width x 1.20 m height.

Students who submit a poster will be judged by a team predominantly comprised of peers and awards will be given to the two top poster presentations. Also, from the posters, approximately 20 students will be chosen for short oral presentations on Wednesday. Students who have posters and wish to be considered for an oral presentation as well should come prepared to give a presentation of 10 minutes (5-10 slides). The time for each talk will be strictly administered. Awards will also be made to the two best oral presentations.

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

Conference Venue

Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires

Located in the city center, opposite to el obelisco, the Teatro Colón and Avenida 9 de Julio. One block from the mythical Corrientes Avenue, house of the most famous theaters and shows in the country. Just a 10 minutes walk from the fashionable Recoleta.

Address: “Hotel Panamericano” – Carlos Pellegrini 551

Buenos Aires

Located on the banks of the Río de la Plata, in mid-eastern Argentina, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA for its acronym in Spanish) is one of the country's 24 federal entities, and is also the country's capital. As the seat of the federal government, it is also known as Capital Federal. The city is Argentina’s largest urban conglomerate and one of the most populous in South America.

Buenos Aires is the cradle of the tango, which was declared part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013. The magic of its melodies can be felt in every corner of local neighborhoods La Boca, San Telmo, Abasto, Boedo and Almagro, capturing the hearts of visiting tourists from around the world.



The international airport of Buenos Aires is called Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (Its three terminals handle international flights) and is located in Highway Tte. Gral. Riccheri, mile marker 20.8. Province of Buenos Aires.

For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website:

Also, there is a domestic airport called Aeroparque Metropolitano Jorge Newbery (domestic flights and some flights to neighboring countries) and is located in Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado s/n, Palermo

For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website:

To the city centre:

Once you get to the airport, you have several options to reach the city center and/or the congress venue:

- Taxi “Ezeiza”:

- Shuttle/Bus/remis: “Manuel Tienda León”

Option: From: “Aeropuerto Ezeiza” to “Terminal Madero” (Av. Eduardo Madero 401)

- Public Bus: Line 8. Semirapid service from Airport Ezeiza to “Plaza de Mayo”. Monday to Saturday, air-conditioned units (@linea8riogrande)

For Public transport (bus/subte) you will need a “SUBE” travelcard. We recommend getting a SUBE travelcard from one of our Tourist Assistance Centers. (@TarjetaSUBEok). You can get it at the airport:

- Also you can use Uber or Cabify.

Congress venue “Hotel Panamericano” – M.Tienda Leon stop “Av E. Madero 401” – Bus stop “Plaza de Mayo”.


Download the BA Turismo app and enjoy all the content the city has to offer on your mobile phone.


Cultural agenda:


City of Buenos Aires:

Interactive map:

You can learn more about Buenos Aires by downloading this tourism guide!

Recommended Hotels

The hotels presented here were selected by the Conference Secretariat to provide a range of options. There are many other variants for accommodation for speakers and students in Buenos Aires. Please note that attendees are responsible for making own hotel booking. In order to benefit from the special fees below, please mention your attendance to the conference when booking your room.

Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires

- 5 stars

- Regency room, for USD 145.

- Room rates are per room / per night, based on single or double occupancy

- Reservations:

NH Tango

- 4 stars

- USD 105 standard double

Reservations: (Untill August 23th)

Exe Hotel Colón

- 4 stars

- USD 57 single

- USD 65 double

Hotel El Conquistador

- 4 stars

- 20% of the published in the web page at the moment of the congress.


- 4 stars

- U$D 95 double

- U$D 85 Single

Novotel Buenos Aires

- 4 stars

- U$D 133

Unique Hotels Collections

- 3.5 stars

- USD 75 single

- USD 80 double

Ibis Buenos Aires Congreso

- 3 stars

- USD 57

Ibis obelisco

- 3 stars

- U$D 59

Park Silver Obelisco Hotel

- 4 stars

- Standard: USD 80 + VAT

- Superior with Obelisco view: USD 90 + VAT

Visa Information

- Individuals holding passports issued by the following countries do not require a visa to enter Argentina for tourism purposes:

- Starting February 1, 2019 eligible travelers holding valid passports from selected countries and traveling to Argentina for tourism purposes for a period of up to 90 days will be able to apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) online on the Argentine Immigration Office website. Please refer the following link:


  1. To apply for an eTA for tourism, individuals must hold a valid (at least 4 months) American Visa B2 or a category C Schengen Visa issued by any of the European Union member countries.
  2. The eTA will be valid for three (3) consecutive months from the issuing date and the authorized period of stay in the country will be of up to three (3) consecutive months, from entry. The eTA allows multiple entries.
  3. The fee for the eTA is US$50.00 and processing time is 20 working days.
  4. For inquiries about the eTA application process please e-mail Immigration Argentina directly:

- Individuals holding passports issued by other countries should apply for a visa to enter Argentina. More information about the requirements and instructions on how to apply can be found here, and detailed instructions about the required invitation letter here. However, we strongly recommend that you contact your nearest Argentinian embassy or consulate for more detailed information.

Social Events

Conference Dinner

Thursday 12 September, 20:30 h
Price: included in the registration fee

The meeting banquet will be held at the San Miguel Palace, a beautiful hall located 5 blocks from Hotel Panamericano.
Address: Suipacha 84, Buenos Aires.

The main dish consists of " ribeye steak with Rutini sauce". Please inform us if you have any special needs regarding the menu (eg. vegetarians, coeliacs, etc).

"La Mimosa" Day Trip

Friday 13 September
Price: 30
-35 USD per person, incl. transfer from and to the hotel, and barbecue *

The activity consists of a typical Argentinian "country day". This will be, the visit to a ranch ("estancia"), called estancia "La Mimosa", which was funded over 100 years ago, and it has been managed by the same family since their foundation.

During the visit, we will have the opportunity to discover some local rural activities, visit some of the installations of the ranch, see some typical animals, and enjoy a show of horse racing with "gaucho" (the cowboys from South America) skills. You will have also the possibility to ride horses (if you know how to ride) or a horse carriage instead.

The visit includes also a wine/beer reception with some typical Argentinian food, and for lunch, we will enjoy an "asado", a very typical Argentinian barbecue with meat, salads, drinks (wine, soda or water) and a dessert. During the barbecue, we will be entertained with a show of folkloric music and dance. Argentina is a big country with different cultures influenced by a huge colonization, with very different music and dances ("zamba", "chacarera", "chamamé" and others) in their different regions, in addition to the famous music of Buenos Aires, the tango. After that, the music will continue and give us the opportunity to have a "dance time", or if you prefer, you would have the option to walk around the ranch and enjoy the sunset. At the end of the afternoon, a typical infusion and patisserie will be offered.

You can check some images and information at:

For booking the activity, or if you have any questions, please contact us at:

*Final price will vary depending on the number of attendees and the exchange rate. The price will confirmed on Monday 9 September, and the activity should be paid onsite at the conference registration desk that same date, or Tuesday the latest.

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