Dr. Christian Melaun
B4.2: VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES IN THE RHEIN-MAIN AREA
B4.5: SNAKEBITE ENVENOMING: A GLOBALLY NEGLECTED DISEASE
Research interests/current works
Snake-bites are a major neglected disease with serious consequences for the victim. So knowledge about the diversity and distribution of venomous snakes, their medical importance but also about the diversity and variability of their toxins is essential for the administration of the correct therapy. Because of the importance of the correct determination of the snake for the victim’s treatment, the development of a clinical identification tool is of major interest.
Venomous animals as well as their toxins in general are of considerable interest, e.g. conopeptides, as a wide variety of natural toxins/peptides could be useful tools for the treatment of human diseases. As important the discovery and characterization of new toxins and peptides is, the first step includes the proper identification of the substance-producing organism – a fact which is disregarded frequently.