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Infectious Disease Biology Programme

Chikungunya, Malaria, Leishmaniasis, HIV/AIDS and dengue! These infectious diseases make headlines with the deaths and epidemics they cause.

The department promotes research & development activity in the area of infectious diseases specifically relevant for the country caused by various pathogenic agents like bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi.

The overall emphasis of the programmes supported is to develop preventive, therapeutic and diagnostic tools for major infectious diseases like Hepatitis, Influenza, Chikungunya, Malaria, Leishmaniasis, HIV/AIDS, Dengue etc.

The Task Force of Infectious Disease Biology aims to

  • Define road map, identify priorities in terms of R&D, clinical trial and validation research and to initiate need based focused programme
  • Develop novel strategies for identification of diagnostic antigens for various infections and DNA based diagnostic tests
  • Establish nationwide network programme for important infectious diseases prevalent in the country with the involvement of basic and clinical researchers

During the 11th plan period, the Task Force considered 244 new R&D proposals, and of them recommended 105 for funding by the Department which covers major infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Leishmaniasis, Medical Mycology Network Programme, etc.

Specific calls for proposals were invited in areas of Virus Research, Chikungunya, Hepatitis-C, Dengue and Medical Mycology considering their disease burden and existing R&D efforts in the country. Series of brainstorming sessions and regional conferences helped evolve the priority areas in these diseases.

The department is also adopting disease specific network programmes with the involvement of relevant interdisciplinary experts.

Detection of Neisseria gonorhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis

Rapid Test for Diagnosis of Celiac Disease (CD)

Contacts

Advisor
Dr. Rajesh Kapur
Scientist ‘G’
Email: kapur[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in

Director
Shri Sundeep Sarin
Scientist ‘F’
Email:sundeep[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in

Programme officer
Dr. Sandhya R. Shenoy
Joint Director, Scientist ‘E’
Email: sandhya[dot]shenoy[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in