Venom Week Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC

June 5-8, 2024

Available as an in-person conference

301 W Morgan St,
Durham, NC 27701

Durham Convention Center
301 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

What is this meeting about?

Consistent with previous symposiums, the agenda will focus on facilitating and expanding research collaborations among scientists, healthcare professionals, and industry.

We also anticipate additional sessions which focus on key healthcare challenges and opportunities in clinical toxinology, toxinology intersections with computational science and engineering, establishing new multi-disciplinary collaborations, and facilitating partnerships with pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.


Presentations cover a range of topics by leading experts in toxinology and venomous animals.

  • venoms and their toxins
  • antivenoms & therapeutics
  • drug development from venom toxins
  • advancements in basic research
  • treatment of envenomation
  • clinical registries and studies
  • toxin pathophysiology
  • venomous animal biology
  • venom collection

Venomous Creatures of the Eastern US


  • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus): The largest venomous snake in North America
  • Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix): Several subspecies of copperhead snakes exist in the Carolinas, including the Carolina copperhead and the southern copperhead.
  • Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin) (Agkistrodon piscivorus): Found in wetland areas, swamps, and rivers
  • Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus): Present in forested regions of the Eastern US
  • Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius): Less common but potentially highly venomous


  • Black Widow Spider (Latrodectus mactans): Found in particularly dark, sheltered locations.
  • Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus geometricus): Less common than the black widow


  • Eastern Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis): While not an ant but a wingless wasp, its sting is quite painful.
  • Paper Wasp (Polistes spp.): Several species of paper wasps can deliver painful stings.

Reasons to Attend Venom Week:

  1. Immerse Yourself in Venomous Creatures: Venom Week offers a unique opportunity to dive into the captivating world of venomous creatures, with a particular focus on those found in the Eastern United States, including Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  2. Interact with Diverse Professionals: Connect with a wide spectrum of professionals, including physicians, veterinarians, researchers, technicians, zoo curators, residents, and students, all with a shared passion for venoms, toxins, and venomous wildlife.
  3. Explore Local Venomous Wildlife: Discover the rich diversity of venomous animals in the region, from Copperheads and Diamondback Rattlesnakes to Black Widows, and Paper Wasps.
  4. Supported by NAST: Venom Week is proudly supported by the North American Society of Toxinology (NAST), a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the science of venomous creatures and their venoms.
  5. Wide-Ranging Expertise: Benefit from presentations by leading experts in toxinology and venomous animals, covering an array of topics, including venoms and their toxins, antivenoms and therapeutics, drug development from venom toxins, and advancements in basic research.
  6. Practical Insights: Gain valuable insights into the treatment of envenomation, clinical registries and studies, toxin pathophysiology, venomous animal biology, and the techniques involved in venom collection.
  7. Networking Opportunities: Forge meaningful connections with professionals from various backgrounds, fostering collaborations and expanding your knowledge base.
  8. Support a Non-Profit Cause: By attending Venom Week, you're supporting the North American Society of Toxinology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of venomous creatures and their venoms.
  9. Unique Learning Experience: Venom Week meetings are known for their interactive and multidisciplinary nature, providing an adventurous and distinct scientific meeting experience.
  10. Stay Updated on Cutting-Edge Research: Stay at the forefront of the latest research and developments in the field of toxinology and venomous creatures, equipping yourself with knowledge that can have real-world applications and impacts.

Who should attend this Conference?

We have put together an exceptional curriculum and a faculty of Toxinology experts that results in the best CME course available for professionals working in Clinical Toxinology.

  • MD/DO/PharmD/DVM/PhD
  • PA/NP/RN
  • EMT/Paramedics
  • Fellows/Residents/Students
  • Herpetologists
  • Veterinarians & Zoo Personnel
  • Pharmacists
  • Basic Scientists
  • And others with an interest in all things venomous

Registration Fees

Registration Type In-Person Attendance Early Registration
MD, DO, PharmD, DVM, PhD$ 550$ 500
RN/PA/NP/Allied Health$ 450$ 400
Graduate Students & Residents$ 400$ 350
Undergrad Students / Tech / EMT / Paramedic / Other (non-CME)$ 300$ 250

*An Early Registration discount is available until Jan 1st, 2024.

*NAST Members receive and additional $50 discount on all registrations.  You can join and renew during registration.

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