José María Gutiérrez
Instituto Clodomiro Picado, University of Costa Rica
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
I became interested in snakes, venoms, antivenoms and snakebite envenoming as an undergraduate student in Microbiology at the University of Costa Rica, back in 1975, when I started working as a research assistant at Instituto Clodomiro Picado (ICP). Soon I realized how fascinating snakes and their venoms were and how profound is the impact in human suffering caused by snakebite envenomings. This motivated me to devote my professional life to the study of venoms and antivenoms and to the search for solutions aimed at reducing the burden of this neglected tropical disease in my own country and elsewhere.