Honorary Fellow & Plenary Speakers










Plenary Speakers

Prof Geoff Isbister


Prof. Isbister is a clinician researcher in clinical toxicology at University of Newcastle, Australia. His research has focused on understanding poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions. He heads the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University. He has published over 250 original research publications and holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship as well as being Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant and an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Translational Venom and Antivenom Research. The benefits of the research include improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of both envenomation and poisoning. Much of his research challenges long held views about the treatment of poisoned and envenomed patients, including whether antivenom works. He has made clinicians re-look at what evidence there is for various treatments and why we use these treatments.

Prof. Tharaka Dassanayake


Prof. Dassanayake is a Professor in Neurophysiology at the Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya and an Honorary Consultant Neurophysiologist at the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya. He obtained his MBBS and MPhil from University of Peradeniya and his PhD from The University of Newcastle, Australia.
His primary research interests are clinical neurophysiology and cognitive neurosciences. His research at the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration focuses on neurocognitive effects of organophosphorus pesticides and sedative medications.