Unit has been engaged on studies improving the therapy of
leprosy using different drug combinations and immunotherapy
and has now taken up studies on epidemiology of leprosy (ICMR
Taskforce) in Ghatampur area of Kanpur. In addition, the unit
is investigating the effect of Mw. on leprosy and tuberculosis
and also the profile of leprosy in females.
This unit has a core strength of 4 core scientists, research
fellow and several project and para medical staff.
Core scientists :
- Dr.Kiran Katoch, Director (Scientist G) and Head
of Medical Unit I is an M.D. from S.M.S.Medical College,
Jaipur, a talent research scholar of ICMR, has more than
30 years of experience in working in leprosy and mycobacterial
diseases, has published 132 research papers on various
clinical (CVS and CNS involvement) and designing &
evaluation of different therapeutic regimens against leprosy.
She is a recipient of Dr.C.G.S.Iyer Oration Award, JALMA
Trust Fund Oration Award and Best Poster presentation
prize of IAL. Her current interests are epidemiology of
leprosy, new therapeutic regimens against leprosy and
tuberculosis and clinical aspects.
- Dr.Mohan Natarajan, Deputy Director is a post
graduate in Dermatology from Hyderabad and has submitted
his Ph.D. thesis to Agra University on this subject. He
has years of experience of working in leprosy and molecular
histopathology and has contributed 30 papers. He is a
recipient of Dr.S.C.Mohanty award of IADVL. He is currently
engaged in studies pertaining to the development of direct
in-situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and in-situ
PCR methods for improving the histodiagnosis of early
leprosy and is also participating in other studies being
undertaken by the Unit.
- Dr.Raj Kamal, Research Officer is a M.D. from
S.N.Medical College, Agra. He joined the Institue about
3 years back and is currently engaged on studies pertaining
to immunotherapy of borderline leprosy and is also participating
in other studies being undertaken by the Unit.
- Dr.Mamta Arora, Research Officer is a Post
Graduate Diploma in obstetric and Gynecology. She joined
the Institute about 3 years back and is currently engaged
in studies pertaining to profiles of leprosy in women.