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Project Team Member Profiles

Assoc. Prof. Chen Au Peh

Consultant Renal Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide.

Chen Au Peh graduated in Medicine (MBBS with Honours) from the University of Adelaide in 1987, and is a FRACP. He was awarded a PhD in 1999 for research in MHC-class I antigen presentation.  As a Howard Florey Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chen Au then undertook research work with Prof. Andrew McMichael in Oxford, before returning to Adelaide in 2002 as a Renal Physician.

At the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) he manages the Renal Research Laboratory, and since 2006 has collaborated with Dr David Jayne of EUVAS (European Vasculitis Study Group based in Cambridge) in three international clinical trials. Chen Au is a co-investigator on a MRC (UK) grant for £1.4 million that supports one of the trials (PEXIVAS) in the UK.  In conjunction with the Australasian Kidney Trials Network, he is the principal coordinator of the extension of this plasma exchange trial to Australian and New Zealand centres, for which he has been awarded NH&MRC funding in excess of $1 million.

Chen Au has been to Myanmar 12 times in the past eight years by invitation of Prof. Khin Maung Htay, Director of Nephrology in Myanmar, and the Myanmar Ministry of Health. On several occasions, he was invited to give scientific presentations at the Myanmar Medical Health Research Congress in Yangon. In this time has come to understand the severity of the snakebite problem in Myanmar, where it is the major cause of severe acute kidney failure. 

More recently Chen Au has been the coordinator of a program supported by Australian Government (DFAT) funding that has enabled Myanmar health professionals to come to the University of Adelaide and the RAH for short-term skills training.  In collaboration with Myanmar nephrologists, in 2014 he convened an International Society of Nephrology sponsored CME on Kidney Failure in Yangon, attended by 240 health professionals from Myanmar.

With support from the University of Adelaide, and in response to requests from the Myanmar Ministry of Industry & Ministry of Health to help improve the health outcomes for snakebite patients, Chen Au led a team of  Australians with expertise in clinical toxinology, antivenom production and primary healthcare to visit Myanmar in July 2014.  As a result of that meeting and the subsequent award of the GPFD grant from Australian DFAT, Australian and Myanmar colleagues will be collaborating on an integrated approach to improve local antivenom production, improve distribution of antivenom, and optimise management of snakebite patients in rural communities in Myanmar.

Assoc. Prof. Julian White AM

Clinical Toxinologist, Women’s & Children’s Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide

Julian White, a graduate of the University of Adelaide Medical School, has been involved in treating cases of envenoming for nearly 40 years, and since 1990 has been Head of Toxinology at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. Julian was the 2015 recipient of the AMA (SA) award for "Outstanding contribution to medicine" and in the 2016 Australia Day honours was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

He is the author of around 200 publications, nearly all in toxinology, including both basic venom research and clinical toxinology. In 1997 he cofounded the Clinical Toxinology Short Course which has run regularly ever since, under his directorship, attracting faculty and registrants from around the world. It remains the only comprehensive course of this type offered anywhere. In 2002 he established the website to provide global information on toxinology medical issues. Prof. White has acted as a consultant to WHO, on an occasional basis, since 1989, and has been an invited speaker on clinical toxinology at many international meetings. He is currently Secretary of the International Society on Toxinology and Chair of the Board of Clinical Toxinology.


Dr. Mohammad Afzal Mahmood

Associate Dean (International) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Adelaide.

In addition to his positions held in the University of Adelaide, Afzal is also appointed as the Governor’s Advisor to the Provincial Health Department, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, and holds a visiting professor position at Weifang Medical University, PR China. After practicing Medicine and working as a Public Health faculty member at the Aga Khan University Karachi, Afzal completed Master of Public Health and a PhD in Health Services Development (Public Health) at the University of Adelaide.

Afzal is an expert in health services development and research and community development, particularly in developing countries. His areas of specialisation are primary health care, health management information system, integrated and comprehensive care, health promotion, safe motherhood services and community development.

Over the last 25 years Afzal has worked with a large number of government health departments, national and international NGOs and community organisations across countries including Indonesia, East Timor, Pakistan, Kenya, China, Bangladesh and Australia. Afzal has also supervised various health services research projects including research by honours, master and PhD students in the field of health care for disadvantaged groups, health care management and community development.

Afzal brings to this Project his extensive experience of working with disadvantaged communities for better access to care and health promotion, and working with the governments for improved management of primary care centres, strengthened health management information system, referral links and community participation; elements that are integral to prevention and a responsive primary care for effective care for snake bite victims.

Prof. David Warrell

Emeritus Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

David Warrell is currently International Director (Hans Sloane Fellow), Royal College of Physicians, London; Emeritus Professor of Tropical Medicine (former Head), Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Honorary Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford and Principal Fellow, Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Melbourne. After training in Oxford and at the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, he worked with John B. West on pulmonary capillary recruitment and physiological adaptations of diving mammals at the University of California San Diego, USA. He then lived, worked and travelled as physician, teacher and researcher in Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal), Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh), Latin America (Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia) and Papua New Guinea. He was Founding Director, Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Network and Wellcome, Mahidol University-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme, Thailand 1979-). In the 1980s, while based in Thailand, he initiated research on malaria and snake-bite with the Department of Medical Research in Myanmar, working in Tharawaddy. Subsequently, he returned to Myanmar on many occasions as visiting lecturer and WHO consultant and as leader of the Royal College of Physicians’ clinical training initiative at University of Medicine-1. He is consultant to the WHO, British Army, FCO, MRC, Royal Geographical Society, Zoological Society of London, Toxbase UK, Earthwatch International etc. He is a past President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and International Federation of Tropical Medicine. He has >400 research publications covering infectious, tropical and respiratory diseases, snake-bites (>160 publications), other envenomings, plant and chemical poisoning and expedition medicine. He is senior editor of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

Assoc. Prof. Scott Weinstein

Clinical Toxinologist, Women’s & Children’s Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide

Scott Weinstein was consumed from earliest childhood by an interest in reptiles and amphibians. These interests rapidly focused on venomous snakes and herpetological toxinology, and led to his studies with Prof. Edmund D. Brodie, Jr. at Adelphi University (Garden City, New York), where he earned his BA in biological sciences and comparative religion. Shortly thereafter, he became the late Prof. Sherman A. Minton’s last student at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he earned a MSc in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. His PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology was earned with the well-known microbial toxinologist, the late Prof. Alan W. Bernheimer at the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences of New York University School of Medicine (New York, New York), and his primary medical degree (MBBS) was earned at Flinders University School of Medicine, Adelaide, Australia, and he also was conferred another (MD) by the University of the State of New York. He completed family medicine residency at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY and served as Chief Resident. He also completed two post-doctoral research fellowships; one at NYU Medical Center and another at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland). He currently is a clinical toxinologist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia where he is a consultant in the management of envenomations, and intermittently practices traditional family medicine, urgent care and occupational medicine in his native New York City. He is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

Dr. Sam Alfred

Emergency Physician/Clinical Toxicologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Sam Alfred was awarded his medical degree (MBBS) by the University of Adelaide in 1996, and then spent 10 years in Sydney where he completed his Fellowship in Emergency Medicine, and worked in the fields of Emergency Medicine (Westmead, St George & Mt Druitt Hospitals) and Retrieval Medicine (Sydney Aeromedical Retrieval Service).  Upon returning to Adelaide, he took up positions in Emergency Medicine & Retrieval Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and subsequently undertook a fellowship in Clinical Toxicology through the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, with clinical appointments to the NSW PIC and Royal Adelaide Hospital.  His areas of particular professional interest include:
            -illicit drugs
            -dialysis modalities in the clearance of toxins
            -envenoming & the role of antivenoms


Mr. David Bacon

Project Manager ( Health Services Development, Myanmar ), School of Population Health, University of Adelaide.

David Bacon is a dynamic leader and manager and NGO / Social Enterprise founder with 12 years of experience in the NGO and International Development sector in South East Asia and Australia, including the Australian Red Cross and Empowering Communities Inc.

As Project Manager, David will be responsible for guiding and supervising day-to-day implementation of field activities; liaising with Australian specialists, health services, health promotion, research staff, anti-venom production staff; assisting in planning, scheduling trainings at the hospitals and district health, including facilitating the Australian and International specialists inputs in terms of training, development and research and visiting trainers.