Prof Subhash Chandra Parija

Director-Professor and Head , Department of Microbiology at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research , Pondicherry
  Dr Subhash Chandra Parija ,MBBS, MD, PhD , DSc, FRCPath ,FAMS, FICAI ,FABMS  ,FIMSA , FISCD,FIAVP ,FIATP , FICPath is Director-Professor  and Head , Department of Microbiology at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research , Pondicherry  having  nearly three  decades of teaching  and research experiences in Medical Microbiology .    Prof. Parija is a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  expert  and  is the only   member from India  in the   Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) international Committee on Food safety , being constituted to draft guidelines on food safety. Prof Parija was awarded  WHO fellowships for study of DNA probes , PCR and other molecular biological methods in the study of parasitic diseases at the University of Aberdeen , UK . Prof. Parija is  member of  Research Advisory Board of  BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences , Dharan ,Nepal, the  member of Board of  MD Examination in Parasitology , Colombo University , SriLanka , and the visiting Professor of the College of Medicine  & Health Sciences , Sultan Quaboos University , Muscat , Oman . and Faculty of Medicine , University of Malaya , Malaysia . He is one of very few Medical Microbiologist of India to be conferred DSc , highest degree in research , for his contribution in the field of Medical Parasitology by Madras University .   Author of  nine  books ‘ Text Book of Medical Parasitology “ , “ Textbook of Microbiology “ “ , Textbook of Microbiology & Immumology , “ Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases”  “Quick Review series : Microbiology “ ,Textbook of Practical Microbiology “ “Stool Microscopy “ and  “ Sputum Microscopy : a Practical Manual “ ; editor of a book “ Review of Parasitic Zoonoses “ and two monographs “Immunizing agents for tropics : success , failure and some practical issues “ and “ Kala-azar : epidemiology  , diagnosis and control in Nepal “ ; Prof Parija also  has contributed  several chapters mainly on  parasitic diseases for the books , compendium of lectures and proceedings of  scientific meetings . Prof Parija has published more than 250 papers both in the National and International journals of repute .Some of his papers are quoted in  text books and serial publications     The development of simple, economical and rapid diagnostic tests in serodiagnosis of parasitic diseases such as amoebiasis, cysticercosis and hydatid disease ; and epidemiology of  the parasitic diseases is the main field of his interest in   research.  Prof Parija was the first to demonstrate that parasitic antigens are excreted in the urine in hydatid disease and cysticercosis, and urinary antigen could be detected for diagnosis of these two diseases. He developed for the first time the  carbon-immunoassay ( CIA )  and  staphylococci adherence test ( SAT)  as two simple rapid diagnostic methods using a light microscope;  rapid IHA , protein A IHA , dot-ELISA  for serum antibodies in the diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess , hydatid disease, cysticercosis and lymphatic filariasis  ; and co-agglutination ( Co-A) , latex agglutination test and CIEP for the detection of  antigen in the serum and other body fluids in the patients with amoebic liver abscess , cysticercosis and  hydatid diseases.   Prof Parija was first to report the use of LPCB , KOH ,etc  in the wet mount preparation of  stool for detection of intestinal parasites including Cryptosporidium , Cyclospora and Isospora by light microscopy ; suggested thick smear of stool as a sensitive method for demonstration of intestinal parasites  ; suggested newer methods such as sucrose layer centrifugation method , and formalin-acetone method for concentration of stool  .   Prof Parija was first to document and report the prevalence of Entamoeba moshkovskii from India , evaluate a multiplex PCR for the first time for simultaneous detection of Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba dispar and  Entamoeba moshkovskii in stool specimens for diagnosis of intestinal amoebiasis , reported for the first time detection of  Entamoeba histolytica DNA in the urine for diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess;  and report Arcanobacterium heamolyticum associated pneumothorax from India .Prof Parija conducted for the first time the knowledge, attitude and perceptions of rural people staying in two villages endemic for kala-azar in Nepal .For the first time reported the cases of Post-kala azar dermal leishmaniasis, cases of imported cutaneous leishmaniasis, a case of kala-azar presenting with ulcers on the skin of the leg, a case of kala-azar without hepatomegaly and LD bodies-negative cases of kala-azar in Nepal   ; and cases of ocular rhinosporidiosis from Nepal.Prof Parija for the first time documented the prevalence of hydatid diseases, prevalence of enterobiasis in children   , prevalence of Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale infections, and intracameral gnathostomiasis from Pondicherry , India .   In recognition of his immense contributions in research in parasitic diseases , Prof Parija  has been honoured with several awards both international and national  . The international awards include BPKIHS Internal Oration Award 1977 conferred by  BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences , Dharan , Nepal , for overall contributions to the vision , mission and goal of BPKIHS and contributions  in the field of  Microbiology and Parasitology.  
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