Centre For Training, Research & Diagnosis Of Leishmaniasis.....


Research At The Centre                 

                                                                                                                                                 Our History


The centre was first established in a small room as a sample collection and microscopic examination area, in year 2001 with limited resources and expertise. The clinic served health care institutions from all parts of the country since its inception while facilitating ongoing research investigations regarding the transmission as well as other aspects of research. The clinic has continued to offer free laboratory investigations, weekly patient evaluations, and follow up services for more than 3000 patients from over 25 health care institutions in this country. 

 This clinic has now expanded and become the Centre for Training, Research & Diagnosis of Leishmaniasis, which continues to offer free laboratory & supportive services. It has also extended its services to include training and research on leishmaniasis.


  The first outbreak of leishmaniasis was detected in 2001 and  immediately thereafter many research studies commenced. The studies aimed at confirming local transmission and finding further local cases. The first study covered parasitological, clinical, diagnostic and epidemiological aspects of the infection. The National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka & the Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship Association, UK, supported the first activities of the centre. Research expanded over the years into different areas and today we conduct many studies with regard to clinical epidemiology, parasitology, animal reservoirs and human studies with a number of students continuing to work on these aspects.

Established further in 2012 we succeeded in launching the first international colloquium on leishmaniasis . The centre has now become a hub for training professionals. It consists of laboratory and insectary sections being developed by the team members.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Our Publications 


Research interests of the centre have mainly given attention to the following research areas. Since 2001 we have been undertaking many studies which now have expanded to encompass a very wide range of aspects.

                  Clinical & Epidemological Studies   » 

 

                    Parasitological Studies                           » 

 

                  Human Genatics Studies        »    

 

                    Entomological Studeis      »           

 


 
 

                                                                                                                                                                  Ongoing Projects        

             

                  Cytokine expression & its role in the pathogenesis of cutaneous leishmaniasis due to Lieshmania. donovani.           

             Leishmaniasis caused by L. donovani in Sri Lanka.

              Establishment of serological assays for leishmaina diagnosis

              Entomological aspects and insecticide resistance of four Phleobotomus argentipes species

              Vectors of leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka

              Immunological aspects of leishmaniasis  


                                                                                                                                                         Collaborating Centers

               

                   Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Ohio State University

             Division of Parasitology, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India

             Infectious Diseases & Immunology Division, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata ,India

                Institute of Molecular Medicine, New Delhi, India.

                Laboratoire de Parasitologie – Mycologie du CHU, Faculte de Medecine, Universite  de Montpellier.

                Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (LSTM), Liverpool University, UK

                National Institute of Health, USA


                                                                                                                                                                                                       Financial Support                                        

               

                 Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship Association, UK (2003/4)

               International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) (2008)

               IRQUE Project, University of Colombo (2005/6) 

               National Institute of Heath (NHI) ,USA ( 2012 onwards)

              National Science Foundation (NSF) (2002/ 2013)

              National Research Council (NRC)

              University Grants Commission (UGC) (2008)

              University of Colombo (UOC) (2014)

              World Health Organisation (WHO) (2011/12



                                                                                                                                                           Visiting Scientists/ Collaborators

 


 

  


Prof. Bates, Paul   

Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster University, UK

 

Dr. Beeching, Nick

Senior Lecturer & Consultant Physician (Clinical) in infectious diseases, Liverpool school of tropical Medicine, UK

 

 

 

Dr. Chance, Michael  

Former Director of Studies, Molecular Biology of Parasites & Disease Vector, Liverpool University, UK

  

Dr. Chattergie, Mitali

 Assoc. Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Institute of PG Medical Education & Research, Kolkata, India

 

Prof.Dedet, Jean Pierre

 Former Director, Laboratoire de Parasitologie – Mycologie du CHU, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montpellier

  

Dr.Dube, Anuradha

Chief Scientist, Division of Parasitology, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India

 

 

 

Prof. Madhubala, R

 Professor, School of Life Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

  

Dr. Mandal, Chitra  

Head, Cancer Biology & Inflammation Disorder Division, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology,Kolkata, India. 

 



Dr. Mauricio, Isabelle  

Liverpool school of tropical Medicine, UK

 

Prof. Mitra, P K 

Director & Professor in Pathology, Institute of PG Medical Education & Research, Kolkata, India. 

Prof. Saha, Bibhuti

Professor & Head, Department of Tropical Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, India 

 Prof.  Satoskar, Anhey

Professor, dept. of Pathology, College of Medicine, Ohio State University.

 

 

Dr. Selvapandium, Angamuthu

Senior Scientist, Institute of Molecular Medicine, New Delhi, India. 

 

 

 

Prof. Shaw, Jeffrey Jhon

  

Dr. Singh, Neelo

Principal Scientist, Division of Biochemistry, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India

 

Prof. Sundar,Shyam 

Professor in Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Barabas Hindu University, India