The First Annual TiDE Conference

The 1st TiDE conference was held in Doha February 17 – 20, 2013. The purpose was to bring together scientists and governmental officials from a wide range of disciplines who all have an interest in desert environments, with an emphasis on toxins or toxic compounds. The network seeks to create a baseline of knowledge with respect to the current understanding of the field. It is further hoped that global and interdisciplinary collaborations will commence as a result of this network. This network hopes to place the State of Qatar at the center of research concerning toxins in desert environments.

Participants of the TiDE Conference

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Paul Cox – Toxins in Desert Environments: Pharmacological Persepectives

  • Dr. Renee Richer – Cyanobacteria in Qatar: Toxins and Transects
  • Dr. Sandra Banack – The Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin BMAA in Desert Environments
  • Dr. Mahamed Abdel-Rahman – Scorpion Venomics Revealed by Proteomic and Transcriptomic Approaches
  • Dr. Zakaria Mohamed – Cyanotoxins and their Potential Health risks in Arid and Semiarid Environments
  • Dr. Jaun Calvete – Snake Venomics:  From Inventory to Biology
  • Dr. Vagelis Spyrakos – Mapping Mass Populations of Cyanobacteria in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments using Hyper/Multi- Spectral remotes Sensing
  • Dr. Rachael Dunlop – Plant toxins in desert environments
  • Dr. Tim Downing – Cyanobacterial desert ecology and cyanotoxin production
  • Dr. Nasser Haidar – Snake bites: management and treatment
  • Dr. Aurora Castilla – Divergence in Lizard Behaviour Towards the Poisonous Scorpion Buthus occitanus
  • Dr. Nasser Haidar
  • Dr. Aspasia Chatziefthimiou
  • Dr. Terry Murphy
  • Dr. M. Abdelmoati
  • Dr. Basem Shomar
  • Dr. Yasir Mohieldeen
  • Dr. Bernhard Rappengluck
  • Dr. Eric Braudeau
  • Mr. Eric Deitch