WHO ARE WE AND WHAT IS IMRF
Indian Melioidosis Research Forum (IMRF) is an interactive web portal created and administered by a dedicated research team working in the field of melioidosis at the Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India. During the past few years, our research team under the leadership of Professor Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay was instrumental in standardizing the microbiological laboratory procedures using serological, culture and molecular techniques for the diagnosis of Melioidosis. With the able guidance of international experts in various aspects of melioidosis and the financial support from both national and international funding agencies, we are currently working in few research areas such as:
Epidemiological data of melioidosis from India and other South Asian countries.
Environmental sampling for the isolation of a Burkholderia pseudomallei.
Genomic characterization of clinical and environmental isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei.
Evaluating the diagnostic utility of few commercial and in house developed assays for the diagnosis of melioidosis.
Standardizing Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification assay for Melioidosis.
To bridge the gaps between enthusiastic clinicians, microbiologists and epidemiologists from India and the surrounding countries with globally renowned experts in the field of melioidosis. This initiative in turn shall help in reducing the under (or) mis diagnosis of this neglected tropical disease and in saving many human lives.
SERVICES & FACILITIES
With close to a decade of experience in diagnosis, management and research of melioidosis at our state of the art laboratory facilities, our research team in Manipal will be glad to provide both technical and scientific support for initiating and promoting research in melioidosis via active collaboration and training. Currently, we are working as a biorepository for clinical and environmental isolates of B. pseudomallei from various parts of the country.