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Film screening highlights global snakebite issue

21/05/2018

The University of Wolverhampton is staging a screening of a documentary focusing on the neglected tropical disease of snakebite.

The ‘Minutes to Die’ screening will be followed by an open discussion with snakebite expert Dr Nicholas Casewell, Senior Lecturer and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow from the Alistair Reid Venom Research unit at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Dr Casewell has published over 40 scientific papers and six book chapters on venoms and antivenoms and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals.

The screening takes place at 7.00 pm in MC001 in the Millennium City Building at Wolverhampton City Campus on Wednesday 23rd May.

Simon Maddock, Lecturer in Conservation Genetics in the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “Snakebite is a major issue globally, having the greatest impact in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

“Upwards of 125,000 people die each year as a result of snakebite and many more suffer life changing injuries due to it.”

After decades of lobbying, snakebite was finally acknowledged as a Neglected Tropical Disease by the World Health Organization in 2017.

The screening is open to all and will be free to watch although any donations would be welcome to the Global Snakebite Initiative, which is being supported by the film.

Find out more about the film.

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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