Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs with his present interest being “Why do animals have venom?” Based in Cairns, in Northern Australia, an area that has an over abundance of venomous animals, he is uniquely placed to study the ecology and biology of Australia’s venomous species. He teaches at all levels at James Cook University, one of the top 5% of research universities in the world with his favourite subject being “Venomous Australian Animals”, a subject designed and taught by this effervescent academic.

He has been successfully involved in programs designed to decrease the envenomings of humans by jellyfish, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations), Thailand and Hawaii. His research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings. He established and is the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is now recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology of box jellyfish and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings.

  • MB2080: Invertebrate Biology (Level 2; CNS)
  • MB5380: Invertebrate Biology (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC1102: Modelling Natural Systems (Level 1; CNS)
  • 1996 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1982 to 1996 - Chemist, Tooheys (Grafton)
  • 1994 to 1995 - Research Director, Stahmann Farms (Moree)
  • 1991 to 1994 - Research Scientist, CSIRO (Brisbane)
  • 1986 to 1991 - Tutor, James Cook University (Townsville)

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Australian Lions Foundation - Scientific and Medical Research on Marine Species Dangerous to Humans

Critical care of tropical jellyfish stings

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Jellyfish envenomations and their treatment have a diverse and controversial history in Australia and worldwide. The treatments are, for the most part, based on circumstantial evidence, often leading to confusion and to the incorrect application of treatment procedures for an envenoming. The field of jellyfish sting treatment is led by Queensland and this study will ensure that this continues to be the case.
Silvia Saggiomo, Jamie Seymour and Mark Little (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Carukia Barnesi; Irukandji; Cubozoan; First Aid; Critical Care

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Award

Exploring new treatments for box jellyfish envenomation

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The best medical treatment for big box jellyfish envenoming is uncertain. To improve future treatments, we will explore the cardiotoxic mechanisms of the venom and screen for new drug and antivenom treatments using our hi-throughput real-time cardiomyocyte (heart muscle cell) assay.
Michael Smout and Jamie Seymour (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)
Chironex fleckeri; Box jellyfish; Venom; Cardiomyocytes; Heart Muscle Cells; Envenomation; Toxic mechanisms

Emergency Medicine Foundation - Project Grant

Envenomation, first aid and critical care of tropical jellyfish stings

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$344,340 over 3 years
The first component of our research examines the use of vinegar for envenomings, and aims to provide evidence as to whether vinegar is beneficial or worsens an envenomation. The second component of our research examines whether the lethal effects of Chironex fleckeri venom are transient and whether there is a return of cardiac function. This has implications for good, effective and prolonged resuscitation. In the final component of our research, treatment modalities for Irukandji syndrome, has the potential to directly save lives and decrease the length of stay in hospital of envenomed victims as well as reducing the pain associated with the syndrome.
Jamie Seymour, Mark Little and Peter Pereira (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Healthcare Sciences and Cairns Base Hospital)
Jellyfish; Irukandji; First Aid; Box jellyfish

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Cardiotoxic pathways of Box Jellyfish {Chironex fleckeri) venom proteins (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Identify factors influencing the variability of survivorship of juvenile Red Claw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Life Cycle, Prey Capture Ecology and Physiological Tolerances of Medusae and Polyps of the 'Irukandji' Jellyfish: Carukia Barnesi (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Physiology and Ecology of Cubozoa (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • First aid of tropical jellyfish stings (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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