MR Kenneth Winkel

MR Kenneth Winkel


  • Clinical effects of animal venoms and effectiveness of antivenoms
  • Global health
  • History of venom research
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Popular culture and venoms/venomous creatures
  • The study of animal venoms and toxins
  • Toxinology



  • Dr Ken Winkel, a leading Australian toxinologist, is the former Director of the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU), and continues as a Senior Research Fellow, at the University of Melbourne. He is also affiliated with the Nossal Institute of Global Health and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM). He is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne (PhD, Walter and Elisa Hall Institute), the University of Queensland (MBBS) (BMedSci, Tropical Health Program, QIMR) and the Swiss Tropical Institute (Master of International Health Advanced module, Basel). He has worked in Brazil, PNG, Canada, and the USA and is a Past President of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM). He is the Chair of the ACTM Special Interest Group in Toxinology. Dr Winkel is a CSL IH Group consultant on venoms and envenomation, and is part of the team behind the 24 hour medical advisory service provided by AVRU to doctors, poisons information centres and paramedical personnel. He is also a member of the Queensland Government Marine Stinger Advisory Committee Research Working Group. Dr Winkel is also active in teaching, lecturing to medical and science students and graduates, and has presented more than 100 papers and posters at Australian and international meetings and published more than 70 papers on venoms and related areas, including in the Lancet. The Unit is particularly involved in envenomation research in the Asia-Pacific and he is a co-editor of the first book on Venomous Bites and Stings in PNG. His work has attracted more than $1m in funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. In 2008 every Australian school received a copy of the AVRU's children book on venomous bites and stings 'Venom Patrol'.   


Member of

  • International Society of Toxinology. Ordinary 2002 - 2010
  • Medical Indemnity Protection Society. Ordinary 2000 - 2010
  • American College of Emergency Physicians. International 1997 - 2010
  • Wilderness Medical Society. Ordinary 1997 - 2010
  • Australian Society of Immunology. Ordinary 1993 - 2010
  • Australian Medical Association. Ordinary 1992 - 2010


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • BMedSc, The University of Queensland 1991
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland 1991

Awards and honors

  • The Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Tropical Medicine, The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 2007
  • The Vita Lampada Medal for Excellence in Medical and Health Education, Royal Children's Hospital (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 2005
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 1998



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