National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases

Indian Council of Medical Research
Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Diarrhoeal Diseases

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Dr. Alok Kumar Deb

Dr. Alok Kumar Deb

Dr. Deb graduated from NRS Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata in 1990 and served there as a resident house physician in the departments of internal medicine and hematology. He started his research career in 1993 as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata, which is one of the premier institutes under Indian Council of Medical Research and is a WHO collaborative center for research and training on diarrheal diseases. In 1999, he received a fellowship from the NIH/Fogarty International Center, USA to pursue doctoral studies in Epidemiology in School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles and earned his PhD in 2006. Since 2002, he is serving NICED as a Senior Research Officer (Scientist 'C') in the Division of Epidemiology.

During his research career, he worked in various capacities in a number of research projects on different aspects diarrheal diseases, including drug trials and trials of different formulations of ORS (hypoosmolar and rice-based) in children and adults. He acted as co-investigator in large community-based vaccine trials for typhoid fever and cholera, and participated in advanced vaccinology courses in Korea and France. As the principal investigator, he worked and supervised in studies related to Haemophilus influenzae type b infections in children, HIV in migrant workers and cholera vaccination in infants. He also served as technical expert in various project development meetings including WHO/TDR meetings and as a consultant of diarrheal disease program of Institute for One World Health, USA. His special interest is in identifying data gaps in important public health areas and conducting methodologically sound studies that can potentially fill-in those gaps and improve the health of the community through planning and formulation of better health actions and policies.

General Information
Name Dr. Alok Kumar Deb
Educational Qualification M.B.B.S, Ph.D. (Epidemiology)
Designation Scientist E
Division Epidemiology
Specialization Epidemiologist
Date of joining ICMR 16th December 2002
Email : adeb02@yahoo.com , debak@icmr.org.in

Profile

Professional Experience

After his graduation from N.R.S. Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, Dr. Deb served there as a resident house physician in the departments of Internal Medicine and Hematology till November, 1992. In 1993, he joined this institute as a Senior Research Fellow to work on various aspects of diarrheal diseases. He received NIH/Fogarty Fellowship in 1999 to study Epidemiology at School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA and obtained his doctoral degree in Epidemiology from UCLA in 2006. He is serving this institute as a Senior Research Officer in the Epidemiology Division since December, 2002.

During his career, he has been associated with several areas of research, e.g. (a) Studies on diarrheal diseases - clinical and epidemiological studies on Vibrios, especially V. cholerae O139, risk factors analysis, different ORS preparations (hypoosmolar, rice-based) etc., (b) HIV - study on local and migrant factory workers for prevalence of HIV/STIs and risk behaviors, (c) Vaccine trials - community-based trials on typhoid and oral cholera vaccines, and (d) Studies related to estimation of disease burden due to diarrhea and Hib diseases in India.

He attended several national and international trainings and workshops - notably the "Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS)" [on HIV/AIDS] at California State University, Long Beach, USA in 2000; the "4th International Advanced Course on Vaccinology in Asia- Pacific Regions" at IVI, Seoul, Korea in 2004; Indo-US Joint Programme Workshop on "Children's Environment and Health" in Goa, India in 2005; the "Eighth Advanced Course on Vaccinology (ADVAC 2007)" in France in 2007 etc.

Apart from taking part in a number of short-term national and international workshops and training programmes on GCP and research ethics, he also completed a 3-month course on research ethics entitled "Responsible Conduct of Research" in 2000, conducted by the UCLA School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.

He regularly delivers lectures on Epidemiology / Biostatistics in the Orientation Programme for new PhD students in the institute, and is a part of the ICMR Partnerships for Schools of Public Health that aims at spreading public health education in India. In 2005. he visited Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands following tsunami as part of a central high power team to coordinate the relief activities among the affected people.

Research Interests

Dr. Deb's main interest is in community-based studies on diarrhea and HIV, with particular emphasis on studies that are helpful in filling-in the gaps in existing knowledge base. He also has a special interest in undertaking projects that can give newer directions in health planning and policy development.

Projects

Extramural

  • Title of the project: Vaccine Probe Study to Estimate the Preventable Burden of Hib Meningitis and Pneumonia in India - Part "A".

Funding agencies:

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
  • Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.

Awards

  • Recipient of N.I.H. Fogarty Fellowship [National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.] in 1999 under Fogarty AIDS International Training & Research Program (AITRP).

Memberships

  • Life member, Society of Hematology & Blood Transfusion, Kolkata.
  • Life member, Indian Public Health Association, Kolkata chapter.

Publications

2007

  1. Sen, B., S. Dutta, D. Sur, B. Manna, A. K. Deb, S. K. Bhattacharya and S. K. Niyogi, 2007. Phage typing, biotyping antimicrobial resistance profile of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi from Kolkata. Indian J Med Res. 125: 685. Pubmed

2006

  1. Manna, B., A. Deb and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2006. Diarrhoeal Diseases. In: Database for Diseases Burden Estimation - Malaria, Filaria, Dengue Diarrhoeal Diseases. Indian Council of Medical Research (in collaboration with WHO India Country Office), New Delhi, pp. 71-91.
  2. Dutta, S., D. Sur, B. Manna, B. Sen, A. K. Deb, J. L. Deen, J. Wain, L. von Seidlein, L. Ochiai, J. D. Clemens and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2006. Evaluation of new-generation serologic tests for the diagnosis of typhoid fever: Data from a community-based surveillance in Calcutta, India. Diagn. Microbiol. Infect Dis. 56: 359. Pubmed
  3. Sur, D., B. L. Sarkar, B. Manna, J. L. Deen, S. Datta, S. K. Niyogi, A. N. Ghosh, A. K. Deb, S. Kanungo, A. Palit and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2006. Epidemiological, microbiological electron microscopic study of a cholera outbreak in a Kolkata slum community. Indian J. Med. Res. 123: 31. Pubmed
  4. Sur, D., L. von Seidlein, B. Manna, S. Dutta, A. K. Deb, B. L. Sarkar, S. Kanungo, J. L. Deen, M. Ali, D. R. Kim, V. K. Gupta, R. L. Ochiai, A. Tsuzuki, C. J. Acosta, J. D. Clemens and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2006. The malaria and typhoid fever burden in the slums of Kolkata, India: data from a prospective community-based study. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 100: 725. Pubmed

2005

  1. Sur, D., J. L. Deen, B. Manna, S. K. Niyogi, A. K. Deb, S. Kanungo, B. L. Sarkar, D. R. Kim, M. C. Danovaro-Holliday, K. Holliday, V. K. Gupta, M. Ali, L. von Seidlein, J. D. Clemens and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2005. The burden of cholera in the slums of Kolkata, India: data from a prospective community-based study. Arch Dis Child. 90: 1175. Pubmed

2004

  1. Sur, D., B. Manna, A. K. Deb, J. L. Deen, M. C. Danovaro-Holliday, L. von Seidlein, J. D. Clemens and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2004. Factors associated with reported diarrhoea episodes and treatment-seeking in an urban slum of Kolkata, India. J. Health Popul. Nutr. 22: 130. Pubmed

2000

  1. Dutta, D., M. K. Bhattacharya, A. K. Deb, D. Sarkar, A. Chatterjee, A. B. Biswas, K. Chatterjee, G. B. Nair and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2000. Evaluation of oral hypo-osmolar glucose-based and rice-based oral rehydration solutions in the treatment of cholera in children. Acta. Paediatr. 89: 787. Pubmed
  2. Bhattacharya, M. K., S. Ghosh, A. K. Mukhopadhyay, A. K. Deb and S. K. Bhattacharya, 2000. Outbreak of cholera caused by Vibrio cholerae O1 intermediately resistant to norfloxacin at Malda, West Bengal. J. Indian Med. Assoc. 98: 389. Pubmed

1999

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K.,  A. K. Deb and Nair Gopinath Balakrish, 1999. Enteric pathogens. [Review]. In: National Report 1994-1999. Indian National Committee for International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. pp. 227-246.

1998

  1. Bhattacharya, M. K., D. Dutta, A. K. Deb, P. Garg, S. Chakraborty, A. K. Mukhopadhyay, S. K. Bhattacharya and A. Moitra. 1998. Acute secretary traveler's diarrhoea caused by Vibrio cholerae which does not belong to the O1 or O139 serogroup. Natl. Med. J. India. 11: 248. Pubmed
  2. Dutta, D., M. K. Bhattacharya, A. K. Deb, A. Saha Chowdhury, G. B. Nair, B. S. Ramakrishna and S. K. Bhattacharya. 1998: Uncooked rice powder in oral rehydration solution: an alternative to glucose or cooked rice powder. Indian J. Med. Res. 107: 257. Pubmed
  3. Bhattacharya, M. K., D. Dutta, S. K. Bhattacharya, A. K. Deb, A. K. Mukhopadhyay, G. B. Nair, T. Shimada, Y. Takeda, A. Chowdhury and D. Mahalanabis. 1998. Association of a disease approximating cholera by Vibrio cholerae of serogroups other than O1 and O139. Epidemiol. Infect. 120: 1. Pubmed
  4. Bhattacharya, M. K., S. K. Bhattacharya, D. Dutta, A. K. Deb, M. Deb, A. Dutta, A. Saha Choudhury, G. B. Nair and D. Mahalanabis. 1998. Efficacy of oral hypoosmolar glucose-based and rice-based oral rehydration salt solutions in the treatment of cholera in adults. Scand. J. Gastroenterol. 33: 159.

1997

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K., M. K. Bhattacharya, D. Dutta, S. Dutta, M. Deb, A. K. Deb, K. P. Das, H. Koley and G. B. Nair, 1997. Double-blind, randomized clinical trial for safety and efficacy of norfloxacin for shigellosis in children. Acta. Paediatr. 86: 319. Pubmed

1996

  1. Dutta, D., S. K. Bhattacharya, M. K. Bhattacharya, A. K. Deb, M. Deb, B. Manna, A. Moitra, A. K. Mukhopadhyay and G. B. Nair. 1996. Efficacy of norfloxacin and doxycycline for treatment of Vibrio cholerae O139 infection. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 37: 575. Pubmed

1995

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K., M. K. Bhattacharya, B. Manna, D. Dutta, A. K. Deb, P. Dutta, A. G. Goswami, S. Dutta, S. Sarkar, A. Mukhopadhyay, T. Krishnan, T. N. Naik and G. B. Nair. 1995. Risk factors for development of dehydration in young children with acute watery diarrhoea: a case-control study. Acta. Paediatr. 84: 160. Pubmed

1994

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K., A. G. Goswami, M. K. Bhattacharya, D. Dutta, A. K. Deb, M. Deb, B. K. Sircar, A. Saha Chowdhury, K. P. Das and G. B. Nair, 1994. Epidemic of Vibrio cholerae O139 in Calcutta. Indian J. Med. Res. 100: 213.

1993

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K., M. K. Bhattacharya, G. B. Nair, D. Dutta, A. K. Deb, T. Ramamurthy, S. Garg, P. K. Saha, P. Dutta, A. Moitra, B. K. Mandal, T. Shimada, Y. Takeda and B. C. Deb. 1993. Clinical profile of acute diarrhoea cases infected with the new epidemic strain of Vibrio cholerae O139: designation of the disease as cholera.J. Infection. 27: 11. Pubmed

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