International Speakers

Professor Sir Nicholas J White, MBBS, MRCP, MD, FRCP, DSc Medicine, FRS, FBPhS,
Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford and Mahidol University, Thailand,
Consultant Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Chairman; Wellcome Trust South East Asian Research Units

Nick White, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand and at Oxford University, UK, and Consultant Physician at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is a wellcome trust Principal Research fellow who chairs the Wellcome Trust Tropical Medicine Research programmes in South East Asia. He trained in medicine in London at Guy’s Hospital and has lived and worked in Thailand since 1980. His research focus is the pathophysiology and treatment of malaria.

He has concentrated on characterizing antimalarial pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationship to improve the treatment of Malaria and to reduce the emergence of resistance. This led to artemisinin based combination treatment for falciparum Malaria, and the change to artesunate for the treatment of severe Malaria. He has authored over 1133 scientific publications and 54 book chapters. He currently is a member of Governing Board of the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network, Chairs and Governing Board representative: Scientific Advisory Committee for Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Advisory Board-Wellcome Trust Innovations, and CIOMS working group on clinical trials in lower and middle income countries.

Professor Nicholas PJ Day, FMedSci, FRCP,
Professor of Tropical Medicine, Director of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand,
Consultant Physician, Fellow,
Member of congregation, Supervisor and Unit Director

Dr Nicholas PJ Day is the Director of the Thailand Africa and Asia Programme, which has been conducting clinical studies in tropical medicine for the past 40 years, working in numerous research units and study sites across Asia and Africa. His team at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit does research on the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, pathogen biology, treatment and prevention of a range of infections afflicting resource-poor communities in the tropics, including malaria, melioidosis, rickettsial infections, leptospirosis, and TB. His team has major research interests in both AMR and in the diagnosis and management of fever and sepsis in resource poor countries

Dr David Richard Bell, MBBS, MRCP, FAFPHM, MTH, PhD
Senior global health and infectious disease expert
Independent consultant in Global health and Health Technologies Innovation, Issaquah, Washington

Senior global health and infectious disease expert
Independent consultant in Global health and Health Technologies Innovation, Issaquah, Washington

Dr. David Bell is senior global health and infectious disease expert with over 15 years in product development, clinical medicine, and global health. He has cross-sectoral experience in private sector health technologies development, WHO infectious disease protocols and policy, and as a physician and researcher. Born and educated in Australia, he has worked at various organizations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Europe, including the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

He has held advisory and reviewer posts for WHO and TDR, The Global Fund (Switzerland), Wellcome Trust, UKRI Peer Review College (UK), GHIT Fund (Japan), PATH (USA) and the European Commission. His research and operational experience includes the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia, and East and Southern Africa. Previously, he built and led teams and international collaborations as Director of the Global Health Technologies Portfolio at Intellectual Ventures Global Good Fund in Bellevue, WA, USA; Programme Head for Malaria and Acute Febrile Disease at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva; and coordinating malaria diagnostics introduction and scale-up with the World Health Organization in Geneva and Manila. David has over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is the lead developer and revision lead for multiple WHO malaria publications, RBM/interagency diagnostic implementation manuals. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Dr Jesse Papenburg, MD, FRCPC
Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Microbiologist
McGill University Health Care Center, Canada

Dr Jesse Papenburg is a paediatric infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist at Montreal Children’s Hospital, part of the McGill University Health Centre. He graduated from McGill University with a BSc, majoring in microbiology and immunology.
Dr. Papenburg’s research focuses on the epidemiology, surveillance and diagnosis of severe viral respiratory infections among children in Québec and Canada.

Dr Patricia S. Fontela, MD, PhD
Pediatric Intensivist
Assistant Professor,
Department of Pediatrics,
Faculty of Medicine,
McGill University, Canada

Dr. Patricia Fontela obtained her medical degree in Brazil (FFFCMPA) in 1997. After concluding her medical training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, she pursued a M.Sc. in Medicine in the same country. After moving to Canada in 2004, she completed a second fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care (2004-2007), as well as her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at McGill University (2007-2011). In 2012, she joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, at McGill University, and as staff physician within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Patricia Fontela was appointed as Pediatrics Department's Associate Chair for Research from September 1, 2017. Her research focuses on infection control in the pediatric critical care setting. Currently, she studies the use of antibiotics in pediatric critical care units, including the determinants that influence antibiotic usage, the clinical reasoning behind antibiotic-related decisions, and the use of biomarkers to guide antibiotic treatments in this setting.

National Speakers

Prof Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, MBBS, MD, PhD, PDCC(ID)
Associate Dean, KMC Manipal
Professor of Microbiology,
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Dr Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay obtained his graduate medical degree MBBS from Nilratan Sircar Medical College, Calcutta; MD Microbiology from Banarus Hindu University and a post-doctoral certificate course in infectious diseases from SGPGI, Lucknow. He attained a PhD on melioidosis from MAHE. Currently he is the Professor of Microbiology and Associate Dean of Kasturba medical College, Manipal. His research interests are AMR, antimicrobial stewardship programme, and emerging infections including Melioidosis (Biothreat disease) and Brucellosis (Zoonotic Disease). Previously he served as the chairman of HICC of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and as President of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Karnataka Chapter. He established Critical Care Microbiology laboratory service at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal with 24 x7 services. He is a recipient of Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair on Emerging Tropical Bacterial Diseases. He leads Melioidosis Research in India (www.melioidosisindia.com) and is an executive committee member of international melioidosis society.

Dr Mukhopadhyay is the Coordinator of the Center for Emerging and Tropical Diseases and Research Cell at Kasturba Medical College at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He has International Collaborations and ongoing project with national agencies and international universities related to clinical activities: CDC/Nevada University/Inbios Int. for development of POC Rapid diagnostic tool for Bio threat agents; University of Amsterdam for molecular assessment and risk stratification in tropical infections; Erasmus grant on Risk management and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance; Indian Council of Medical Research Capacity building project on hospital-acquired infection, AMR and antimicrobial stewardship programme. He has received best Publication award on ‘Melioidosis’ by VGST, DST, Govt of Karnataka; and Best Teacher Award by Kasturba Medical College for 6 consecutive years. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications, and is a reviewer for many international journals.

Prof. Arunkumar Govindakarnavar, BSc, MSc, PhD
Director, Manipal Institute of Virology,
Nodal officer, Regional Reference Laboratory for Influenza Virus & ICMR Virology Network

Prof. Arunkumar Govindakarnavar completed his BSc MLT from Trivandrum Medical College in 1992. Subsequently he completed his Masters in Medical Microbiology and PhD in Virology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He joined as a faculty in the Dept of Microbiology, KMC, Manipal in 1997 and went on to become a professor in 2012. He established the Virology division in the department which was elevated as a University department and later as Manipal Institute of Virology (MIV). Currently he is the director of the institute. He has several publications and funded research projects from ICMR, CDC and UKIERI. The Manipal Institute of Virology (MIV) hosts an ICMR grade-I Virus diagnostic laboratory, IDSP Regional Reference Laboratory for Influenza Viruses and NVBDCP Apex Referral Laboratory for Arboviruses.

MIV has been instrumental in confirming more than 200 viral outbreaks, while around 35 outbreaks were investigated by MIV team in various parts of the country including Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha in the recent past.

Dr Arunkumar G brings a unique experience of effective laboratory-epidemiology synergy in the country which has resulted in the public health outbreak investigation success. He has converted MIV into a finest public health infectious disease laboratory capable of detecting any public health threat including bioterrorism threats ranging from Anthrax to Zika in less than 24 hours. The rapid detection of Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala during May 2018 was a telltale sign of the capacity building in detecting emerging Viruses which pause public health threats of international concern. Currently he leads a translational Research Consortia (TRC) on Chikungunya Virus submitted by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Prof John Antony Jude Prakash
Professor Department of Microbiology,
Christian Medical College, Vellore

Dr Kavitha Saravu, MBBS, MD, DNB, DTM&H
Professor & Unit Chief of Medicine,
Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal
Co-ordinator, Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases, PSPH MAHE, Manipal

Dr Kavitha Saravu, Professor of Medicine & Unit Chief at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal obtained her MBBS degree from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and MD Medicine from Seth G S Medical College and KEM hospital, Mumbai. She holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. She pursued training in Translational research in infectious diseases from Yale School of Medicine, USA supported by ICMR International Fellowship for Young Biomedical Scientists.

Dr Kavitha Saravu, has clinical and research expertise in Infectious diseases, particularly tropical infections like malaria, melioidosis, TB, and HIV. She runs Infectious Diseases and HIV clinic at Kasturba hospital, Manipal. She has funded projects on malaria, scrub typhus and TB from Government and Industry innovators. Dr Kavitha Saravu has authored chapters on Melioidosis in the 9th and 10th edition of API text book of medicine (Association of physicians of India) and on Malaria in the 11th edition, chapter on TB diagnosis best practices in Tuberculosis monograph. She has over 85 peer reviewed indexed publications. Currently she serves as the Coordinator of Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases (MACID).

Dr Manisha Madkaikar, MBBS, MD
National Institute of Immunohaematology, ICMR, K E M Hospital,
Parel, Mumbai

Dr Manisha Madkaikar is the Director of National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai, one of the premiere institutes of Indian Council of Medial Research. After completing postgraduate training in Internal Medicine from Seth G S Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai in 1997, she joined ICMR-NIIH as a research scientist. Her areas of interest include Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases, Inherited marrow failure syndromes and hematopoietic stem cells. She received training in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases from great Ormond Street Hospital and Institute of Child Health, London in 2007 under DBT international fellowship. She has established state of art diagnostic facilities for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases at NIIH for the first time in India. Her center in collaboration with Wadia Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a ‘Centre of excellence in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases’ by ICMR. She is founder member and past- president of Indian Society for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. Dr Madkaikar has 93 publications in the peer reviewed journals and has written 10 book chapters

Professor Purva Mathur, MBBS, MD
Professor of Microbiology & Head of Hospital Infection Control,
Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Dr. Mathur is the In-charge of Microbiology and Hospital Infection Control services at the JPNA Trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She has been working extensively on the epidemiology of hospital acquired infections(HAIs) and has developed and implemented systems for surveillance and measures to reduce the burden of HAIs at the Trauma Centre.

Dr. Mathur holds the academic rank of Professor of Laboratory Medicine. She is working on several collaborative research projects on HAI and AMR. She has developed the trauma immunology division for immune-monitoring of trauma patients using flow cytometry based assays, which can be used to develop immuno-modulating treatment.

She is the Principal investigator of a multi –centric work, funded by the CDC-GHSA on strengthening the HAI-IPC work in India.

She has several research publications and projects to her credit.

Dr Ram Gopalakrishnan, MBBS, MD, MRCP (UK), AB (Internal Med), AB (Infectious Diseases)
Senior Consultant, Institute of Infectious Diseases,
Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India.
Adjunct Professor,
Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation.

Dr Gopalakrishnan completed his MBBS in Madras Medical College, Madras, India in 1988. He pursued MD (Internal Medicine) from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India. He obtained MRCP from UK in October 1992, and Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (1995, recertified in 2007), Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine –subspecialty of Infectious Disease (1997, recertified in 2007), Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine & Traveler’s Health from American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (1996). He is a fellow of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Currently he is working as Senior Consultant,Institute of Infectious Diseases Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. His area of interest is treatment of drug resistant bacterial and fungal infections.

Dr Ramachandra Bairy, MBBS, DOMS
Divisional Joint Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare Mysore Division, Govt. of Karnataka

Dr Ramachandra Bairy obtained his bachelor degree in Medicine, MBBS from Mysore Medical College and there after pursued DOMS. He joined public service and was a lead for District tuberculosis program at Udupi district. He has vast experience in public health especially with tuberculosis program and control of Kyasanur Forest Disease. Dr Bairy served as District Health officer Udupi, prior to his current post of Divisional Joint Director at the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka

Prof. Ravi Vasanthapuram, MBBS, MD, FAMS, FASc ,
Department of Neurovirology
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore

Dr.V.Ravi, is at present the Senior Professor at the Dept. of Neurovriology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. He obtained his MBBS form the Madras Medical College in 1980 and his MD (Microbiology) from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 1983. In 1985, he established the Department of Neurovirology at NIMHANS. He served as the Head of the Department until March 2016. His major interests include Public Health Virology, Pathogenesis and Immune response of viral infections of CNS and development of indigenous diagnostic assays. He has been responsible for the investigation of several outbreaks of viral diseases such as encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya and H1N1 in the country. His research has centered on the development of rapid, sensitive and specific diagnostic methods for the diagnosis and immunology of viral infections of the human central nervous system.

In collaboration with XCyton Diagnostic Industries, Bangalore, he has developed a ‘macro-array chip’ that is simultaneous capable of detecting 16 viruses that cause Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). At present, Dr. Ravi is engaged in a large CDC, USA, funded Global Health Security Agenda funded project on “Strengthening surveillance and diagnosis of Acute Encephalitis syndrome in India”. Dr. Ravi, has one European patent to his credit and over 160 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals including 22 chapters in books and monographs. He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committees of several institutions in the country such as NIV, Pune, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, and National AIDS Research Institute, Pune. In addition, he also serves as an expert member of several National Task Force committees of ICMR (JE, H1N1), Department of Biotechnology (Diagnostics and Vaccines, Infectious Disease Biology) of GOI.

He is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious Sir CV Raman Young Scientist award, Dr.JB Srivastav Oration Award of the ICMR for Eminent Medical Virologist, Dr.SC Agarwal Oration Award and the Dr.HI Jhala Award of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM), ‘Eminence in Virology’ award of Indian Virology Society. Dr. Ravi is also decorated with two prestigious fellowships- The Fellowships of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS) and the Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc).

Dr Reeta S Mani, MBBS, MD
Additional Professor,
Department of Neurovirology,
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research in Rabies,
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore

Dr. Reeta S. Mani obtains her MBBS & MD Microbiology from Government college, Miraj. She currently works as Additional Professor, Department of Neurovirology, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research in Rabies, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. Her areas of interest include infections of the central nervous sytem, respiratory infections and molecular diagnostic methods. Her major focus of work has been in the field of Rabies-including clinical, diagnostic and preventive aspects. She is Member-Technical Committee of Experts, National Rabies Control Programme and WHO Rabies Expert Committee Working Group on Laboratory Diagnostics.

Professor Sajeeth Kumar K G, MD; PhD; FIMSA; FIAMS; FRCP (Edin); FRCP (Glasgow)
Medical Superintendent & Professor of Medicine,
Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode

Dr K Sajeeth Kumar had graduate and post graduate medical training from Kozikode Medical College, and has a PhD from Calicut University. He has Fellowships of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) from Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is a Professor of Medicine, Government Medical College, Kozhikode and Superintendent, Govt. Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode. He was the Chief Co-ordinator - Nipah outbreak- 2018, Govt.Medical College, Kozhikode. He has been MCI inspector for MD General Medicine and former member in medical board for Amarnath Yathra conducted by Government of India. He has 28 international and national publications to his credit and has given many invited lectures at National level.

Dr Shaikh Shah Hossain, MD MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal

Dr Shah is a medical epidemiologist who obtained his Bachelor in Medicine Degree from Calcutta; his MD in Public Health from All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata; and completed MPH (Bio-Security) from the Massey University, New Zealand.

Dr Shah worked as a physician for 10 years in the Central Health Services and then switched over to public health. At NICD (now, NCDC) Shah was acting as medical epidemiologist investigating Disease outbreaks as member/leader of the National Rapid Response Team ; led the team for Field Epidemiology Training Programme (MPH-FETP) at NICD; was a key leader in implementing the national disease surveillance system known as Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP); headed the EPI team in the Ministry of Health during the Swine Flu pandemic.

From 2011 to 2016, Shah worked at the CDC in India as Public Health Specialist. His major publications include vaccine safety, infectious disease epidemiology, one health, AMR, anthrax and health service research. Dr Shah now works as Associate Professor in the PSPH and his current interest includes One Health, Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Trans-disciplinary approach to disease control.

Dr Swati Rajagopal, MBBS, MD(Med), MMed, PGDIP
Consultant, Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine
Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore

Dr Swati Rajagopal is a Consultant Physician and Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine. She is an Infection preventionist and is an active member of the Aster CMI health care infection- Surveillance and Prevention program. She completed her primary medical training at MS Ramaiah Medical college, affiliated to Bangalore University followed by post graduate specialization in Infectious Diseases at Royal prince Alfred Hospital, affiliated to the University of Sydney. Dr Rajagopal went on to pursue her specialization in tropical diseases, travel medicine and infection control at London school of Hygiene and Tropical medicine.

She is a member of the Infectious diseases society of America, Royal Australasian College of physicians, International Society of travel medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases Society of India and Aster CMI antibiotic stewardship program. Under her tenure, the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences was established- a first of its kind in Karnataka. Dr Rajagopal’s main research interests include understanding antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, surveillance and control of health care associated infections.

Under her tenure, the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences was established- a first of its kind in Karnataka.