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. Kamalesh Sarkar

Dr. Kamalesh Sarkar

General Information
Name Dr. Kamalesh Sarkar
Educational Qualification MBBS (Cal), MD (AIIMS, New Delhi), MAMS (India)
Designation Scientist F & Head, Division of Epidemiology, Officer-in-charge, National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB), West Bengal Unit
Division Epidemiology
Specialization Public Health Specialist
Date of joining ICMR 18th September 1989
Email : kamalesh.sarkar@gmail.com

Profile

Professional Experience

Worked as Research Officer (Epidemiology) in the field of enteric Diseases at National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, since September 1989 till April 1992.

Worked as Research Officer (Epidemiology) in the field of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse, since May, 1992 till August 1994.

Worked as Senior Research Officer (Epidemiology) in the field of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse since September 1994 till June 1999.

Worked as Regional Epidemiologist under Ministry of Health, Govt. of Sultanate of OMAN and looked after entire ranges of locally prevalent communicable as well as non-communicable diseases since July 1999 till 10th April 2002.

Worked as Senior Research Officer in the Division of Epidemiology, at National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases and worked in the field of epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases of public health importance since 11 April 2002 till September 2002.

Worked as Assistant Director at the Division of Epidemiology, at National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases and worked in the field of epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases of public health importance since September 2002 till September 2007.

Presently working as Deputy Director (Scientist-E) at National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, and working in the field of epidemiology HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases of public health importance since Sept. 2002 till date..

Research Interests

Community-based studies on HIV/AIDS among different risk groups like sex workers, injecting drug users, transport workers and migrant workers to understand their socio-demography, risk behaviour and risk perception that are likely to be associated with HIV infection.

Understanding sex-trafficking, sexual violence, negotiating skill and HIV infection among trafficked victims and in vulnerable population.

Sexual abuse, substance abuse, STIs and HIV infection among street children of West Bengal.

Developing suitable behavioural intervention strategy based on identified factor/s from the above-said studies for prevention & control of HIV/AIDS.

Risk of developing tuberculosis among HIV infected population particularly in paediatric population and various factor/s that make them vulnerable to acquire the disease in presence of HIV infection.

Epidemiology of adherence/non-adherence of anti-retroviral therapy in HIV infected paediatric population and factor/s that are likely to be associated with non-adherence.

Community based studies on sexually transmitted infections like Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, LymphogranulomaVenerium (LGV), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) etc. to understand their magnitude of problem and other socio-demographic and behavioural factors, drug resistance profile.

Exploration of epidemic caused by HIV or STIs among injecting drug users or other risk groups.

Community based studies on Diarrhoeal diseases, Hepatitis, Typhoid fever etc. to understand their causal factors and their relationship.

Epidemic investigation of disease of public health importance like unknown fever, Hepatitis, Diarrhoeal diseases etc.

Implementing & supervising Integrated Diseases Surveillance System in a community or at a wider geographical area to forecast an early epidemic of diseases of public health importance.

Epidemiology of Respiratory Syncitial Virus, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis and other viruses of public health importance.

Understanding the relationship between development of malignancies as a result of acquiring certain infections like cervical cancer and HPV infection.

Epidemiology of substance use, sexual abuse, HIV & STIs in street children of Kolkata.

Community-based malaria surveillance at a high falciparum malaria prevalent area having a population of 17,000 (Turturikhanda GP) bordering Bhutan.

Investigation of a diarrhoeal outbreak caused by V. fluvialis following post-cyclone `Aila' at Sundarban area, eastern India.

Epidemiology of oncogenic HPV infection among HIV infected female population of West Bengal.

Estimated the size of Injecting Drug Users in Kolkata City during December 2010 - January 2011

Evaluated an USAID-funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS intervention project as public health analyst at Karnataka andCoastal Andhra Pradesh in 2011

Managed a community-based malaria surveillance project at two remote districts in West Bengal (one at Jalpaigiri district near India-Bhutan border & other at Purulia district near Jharkhnad border). Both the areas are adjacent to forest area with high burden of P. falciparum malaria.

Supervised the `Clinical Anthropometry & Bio-chemical components' of `District Level Household Survey-4' asthe state nodal person in West Bengal, an eastern-Indian state. This was a nation-wide survey covering all districts of India to assess the prevalence of malnutrition, hypertension, Diabetes etc. in India

Designed &Implemented an exploratory health research study as Principal Investigator to assess the perceived health needs and available health care facilities of a backward district (Malda) along with studying the problem of Diabetes, Hypertension & malnutrition.

Designed and implementing a nutritional project as Principal Investigator to assess the prevalence & determinants of malnutrition among school children in all districts of West Bengal along with capacity building of the school health authority to improve the nutritional status & academic performance of school students.

Projects

Intramural

  • Title: Oncogenic Human Papilloma Virus Infection among HIV infected female population of West Bengal.

Extramural

Completed Project

  • Title: Clinical Anthropometry & Bio-chemistry' component of `District Level Household Survey-4'
  • Title: To assess the perceived health needs and available health care facilities at Malda District, West Bengal
  • Currently associated with implementing a project as Principal Investigator to assess the prevalence & determinants of malnutrition among school children in all districts of West Bengal to evaluate the impact of Mid Day Meal Services provided to them.
  • Title: Estimation of HIV load among different risk groups of West Bengal; funding agency- West Bengal State AIDS Control & Prevention Society.
  • Title: Sex-trafficking, violence and negotiating skill among brothel-based sex workers in eastern India; funding agency - Daywalka Foundation.
  • Title: A study on biological markers of HIV-1 resistance conferring polymorphisms (SDF1, CCR2 & CCR5) and their distribution in injecting drug users population of north-eastern states of India; funding agency- Indian Council of Medical Research.
  • Title: Implementation of novel genotyping assay to understand complex HIV-1 epidemic in Northeastern and eastern part of India; funding agency-Department of Bio-technology.
  • Title: Identification and distribution of HIV-1 encoded micro-RNA in north-east Indian population; funding agency- Indian Council of Medical Research.

Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Students

    Completed PhD in Epidemiology under me: One

Awards

  • Received an ICMR Award (Dr. M.K. Seshadri Award for the year 2006) for significant contribution in practice of community medicine in the field of HIV/AIDS.
  • Awarded membership of National Academy of Medical Sciences (MAMS) in 2011

Memberships

Life member of National Academy of Medical Sciences

  • Indian Public Health Association
  • Indian Science Congress Association
  • International Harm Reduction Association

Publications

2016

  1. S. Kanungo, T. Mahapatra, K. Bhowmik, S. Mahapatra, J. Saha, and K. Sarkar. Diabetes Scenario in a Backward Rural District Population of India and Need for Restructuring of Health Care Delivery Services. Epidemiology 6 (2016):224.
  2. D. Pal, S. Kanungo, B. Bal, K. Bhowmik, T. Mahapatra, and K. Sarkar. Malnutrition Scenario among School Children in Eastern-India-an Epidemiological Study. Epidemiology (Sunnyvale) 6 (2016) :228.

2015

  1. S. Kanungo, K. Bhowmik, T. Mahapatra, S. Mahapatra, U. K. Bhadra, K. Sarkar. Perceived Morbidity, Healthcare-Seeking Behavior and Their Determinants in a Poor-Resource Setting: Observation from India. PLoS ONE 10(5) (2015) : e0125865. Pubmed

2014

  1. Kallol Saha, Rushna Firdaus, Aritra Biswas, Anirban Mukherjee, Kamalesh Sarkar, Sekhar Chakrabarti, Provash Chandra Sadhukhan. Transmission dynamics of hepatitis C virus among intra venous drug users in the border state of Manipur, India. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 24 (2014) 57-67. Pubmed

2013

  1. Manihar Singh.Y, Narendra Singh.R.K., Nirendra Singh., H,Lakhikanta A. Sekhar Chakrabati,Kamalesh Sarkar, Brajachand Singh Ng. Safe sex among married male IDUs in Manipur: across-sectional study. International Journal of Medical and Applied Sciences. Vol 2, Suppl 1,155 - 165 (2013)

2012

  1. Kristina Hillgren, Kamalesh Sarkar, StigElofsson& Sven Britton. Utbrettriskbeteende bland injektionsnarkomanerÖver 80 procent HCV-smittade - 7 procenthar HIV, visarförstabaslinjestudien.läkartidningen nr 25 2012 volym 109 (Published in Swedish language journal)
  2. Ranajoy Mullick, Satarupa Sengupta , Roni Sarkar , N. Nabakishore Singh , N. Brajachand Singh, Y. Manihar Singh, Kamalesh Sarkar and Sekhar Chakrabarti. 2012 Genotypic distribution of different variants of oncogenic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) among the sexually active HIV-1 positive female population from Manipur, India. World Journal of AIDS.
  3. Roni R, Sarkar, Kamalesh Sarkar, ... Sekhar S Chakrabarti. 2012 Emergence of a unique recombinant form of HIV-1 from Manipur (India). J Clin Virol 55: 274-277
  4. Roni Sarkar, Kamalesh Sarkar, N. Brajachand Singh, Y. Manihar Singh, Sekhar Chakrabarti 2012 Near full-length genomic characterization of a HIV type 1 BC recombinant strain from Manipur, India. Virus Genes. 45: 201-206 Pubmed
  5. Kristina K Hillgren, Kamalesh Sarkar, ... 2012 Sven S Britton. Widespread risk behavior among injecting drug users. Over 80 percent HCV-infected--7 percent have HIV, as demonstrated by the first baseline study. Lakartidningen 109: 1221-1225 Pubmed

2011

  1. Sarkar K, R Pal, B Bal, B Saha, S Bhattacharya, S Sengupta, P P Majumder, S Chakraborti. 2011 Oncogenic HPV among HIV infected female population in West Bengal, India. BMC Infectious Diseases, 11: 72 Pubmed
  2. Sarkar R, R Pal, B Bal, R Mullick, S Sengupta, K Sarkar and S Chakrabarti. 2011 Genetic Characterization of HIV-1 Strains Among the Injecting Drug Users in Nagaland, India. The Open Virology Journal, 5: 54-60. Pubmed

2010

  1. Banerjee, Surajita., Kamalesh Sarkar, Soma Gupta, Prasanta Sinha Mahapatra, Siddhartha Gupta, Samudra Guha, Debasis Bandhopadhayay, Chaitry Ghosal, Suman Kalyan Paine, Rathindra Nath Dutta, Nibir Biswas and Basudev Bhattacharya. 2010. Multiplex PCR technique could be an alternative approach for early detection of leprosy among close contacts - a pilot study from India; BMC Infectious Diseases 10: 252 Pubmed
  2. Bhattacharjee, Subhajit., Sayantani Bhattacharjee, Baishali Bal, Reshmi Pal, Swapan Kumar Niyogi and Kamalesh Sarkar. 2010. Is Vibrio fluvialis emerging as a pathogen with epidemic potential in coastal region of Eastern India following cyclone `Aila'? J Health Popul Nutr 28: 311-317 Pubmed
  3. Bal, Baishali., Rupa Mitra, Aiyel H Mallick, Sekhar Chakraborti and Kamalesh Sarkar. 2010. Substance use, sexual abuse and HIV/STIs among street children of Kolkata city. Subst Use Misuse; 45: 1668-1682 Pubmed
  4. Sarkar, Kamalesh., Santa Sabuj Das, Baishali Bal, Reshmi Pal, P. Madhusudan and Sekhar Chakraborty 2010. HIV infection and host genetic mutation and among injecting drug users of north-eastern states of India. J Health Popul Nutr 28 : 330-336 Pubmed
  5. Mallick, R., S. Sengupta, K. Sarkar and S. Chakraborti. 2010 Molecular haracterisation of tat gene and long terminal repeat region of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 among injecting drug users of Manipur, India: Identification of BC recombinants. Virus Research; 147: 195-201. Pubmed

2009

  1. Sarkar, R., S. Sengupta, R. Mullick, N. Brajachand Singh, K. Sarkar and S. Chakraborti. 2009 Implementation of a Multiregion Hybridization Assay to Characterize HIV-1 Strains Detected among Injecting Drug Users in Manipur India. Intervirology. 52: 175-178. Pubmed

2008

  1. Sarkar, K., S. Chakraborti. 2008 Co-morbidities among injecting drug users with HIV in India - challenges in clinical management. Indian J. Med Res. 127: 431-433. Pubmed
  2. Sarkar, K., Setal Bhattacharya, 2008 Onchogenic Human Papilloma Virus and cervical pre-cancerous lesion in brothel-based sex workers of India. Journal of Infection & Public Health. 1: 121-128.
  3. Sarkar, K., B. Bal, Rita Mukherjee, Sekhar Chakraborty, Suman Saha, Arundhuti Ghosh and Scot Parsons. 2008 Sex-trafficking, violence, negotiating skill and HIV infection in brothel-based sex workers of eastern India, adjoining Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh. J. Health Popul Nutr. 26: 223-231. Pubmed
  4. Sarkar, K., R. Mukherjee, S. Chakraborty, S. K. Niyogi and B. Bal. Epidemiology of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in sex workers of West Bengal. (accepted in IJMR).

2007

  1. Bhanja, P., S. Sengupta, N. Yaima Singh, K. Sarkar, S. K. Bhattacharya and S. Chakraborty. 2007. Determination of Gag and Env subtypes of HIV-1 detected among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Manipur, India: Evidence for intersubtype recombination. Virus Research. 130: 310-314. Pubmed
  2. Bal, B., S. I. Ahmed, R. Mukherjee, S. Chakraborty, S. K. Niyogi, A. Talukdar, N. Chakraborty and K. Sarkar. 2007. HIV Infection Among Transport Workers Operating Through Siliguri-Guwahati National Highway, India. J. Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care. 6: 56-60. Pubmed

2006

  1. Mullick, R., S. Sengupta, K. Sarkar, M. K. Saha and S. Chakraborty. 2006. Phylogenetic analysis of env, gag and tat genes of HIV type 1 detected among the injecting drug users in West Bengal, India. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 22: 1293-9. Pubmed
  2. Sarkar, K., B. Bal, R. Mukherjee, M. K. Saha, S. Chakraborty, S. K. Niyogi and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2006. Young age is a risk factor for HIV among female sex workers - an experience from India. Journal of Infection. 53: 255-59. Pubmed
  3. Sarkar, K., B. Bal, R. Mukherjee, S. K. Niyogi, M. K. Saha and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2006. Epidemic of HIV coupled with HCV among injecting drug users of Himalayan West Bengal, eastern India, bordering Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh. Subst Use Misuse. 41: 341-52.

2005

  1. Sengupta, S., S. Jana, P. Roy, K. Sarkar, S. K. Bhattacharya and S. Chakrabarti. 2005. Phylogenetic analysis of the p24-p7 region of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 gag gene to determine subtype distribution among female sex workers in Calcutta, India. J. Clin Microbiol. 43: 5787-91. Pubmed
  2. Sengupta, S., S. Jana, K. Sarkar, S. K. Bhattacharya and S. Chakraborty. 2005. Determination of Gag Subtypes of HIV Type1 detected among Female Sex Workers in Calcutta, India. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 21: 806-809. Pubmed
  3. Sengupta, S., D. Khetwat, S. Jana, K. Sarkar, S. K. Bhattacharya and S. Chakraborty. 2005. Polymorphism of HIV-1 gag (p17) gene from female sex workers in Calcutta, India. Arch Virol. 150: 2117-2124.
    Pubmed
  4. Gangopadhyay, D. N., M. Chanda, K. Sarkar, S. K. Niyogi, S. Chakraborty, M. K. Saha, B. Manna, S. Jana, P. Ray and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2005. Detels R. Evaluation of Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Intervention Programs for Sex Workers in Calcutta, India. Sex Transm Dis. 32: 680-684. Pubmed
  5. Sarkar, K., B. Bal, R. Mukherjee, S. K. Niyogi, M. K. Saha and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2005. Epidemiology of HIV in brothel based sex workers of Kolkata city. J. health popul nutr. 23: 231-235. Pubmed
  6. Sarkar, K., B. Bal, R. Mukherjee, S. K. Niyogi, M. K. Saha and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2005. Cross-border HIV epidemic among IDUs of Himalayan West Bengal. Eur J. Epidemiol. 20: 373-374. Pubmed

2004

  1. Sarkar, K., S. Baraily, S. Dasgupta and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2004. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate may be an indicator for screening of tuberculosis patients for underlying HIV infection, particularly in resource-poor settings. J. health popul nutr. 22: 220-221. Pubmed
  2. Niyogi, S. K., and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 2004. An Outbreak of Bacillary Dysentery caused by Quinolone-resistant Shigella Dysenteriae Type-1 in a north-eastern state of India. J. health popul nutr. 22: 97. Pubmed
  3. Sarkar, K., D. N. Ganguly, B. Bal, M. K. Saha and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2004. Hepatitis-B Infection, Eastern India. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 10: 1341-42. Pubmed

2003

  1. Bhattacharya, S. K., K. Sarkar, G. B. Nair, A. S. G. Faruque and David A. Sack. 2003. A regional alert of multidrug-resistant Shigella dysenteriae type 1 in South Asia. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 3: 751.
  2. Sarkar, K., 2003: Role of Oral Rehydration Therapy in Controlling Epidemic of Cholera and Watery Diarrhoea. J. Indian Med Assoc. 101: 377-78. Pubmed
  3. Sarkar, K., Setal Bhattacharya. 2003: Rapid spread of Hepatitis C and needle exchange programme in Kolkata, India. Lancet. 361: 1301-02. Pubmed
  4. Sarkar. K., Setal Bhattacharya. 2003. Shigella dysenteriae type 1 with reduced susceptibility to fluoroquinolones. Lancet. 361: 785-785. Pubmed

1997

  1. Sarkar, K., Setal Bhattacharya. 1997. Relationship of National Highway with intravenous drug abuse in rural Manipur, India : Indian Journal of Public Health. 41: 116-118. Pubmed

1996

  1. Panda, S., and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1996. Characterization of V3 Loop of HIV Type-I spreading rapidly among injecting drug users of Manipur India: A molecular epidemiological prospective. AIDS Research & Human Retroviruses. 12. Pubmed

1995

  1. Sarkar, S., S. Panda and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1995. `A cross sectional study on factors including HIV testing and counselling determining unsafe injecting practices among injecting drug users in Manipur'. Indian Journal of Public Health. 39: 86-92. Pubmed

1994

  1. Panda, S., G. Kamei and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1994. `Clinical features of HIV infection in drug users in Manipur; National Medical Journal of India. 7: 267-69. Pubmed
  2. Sarkar, K., S. Sarkar and B. C. Deb, Setal Bhattacharya. 1994. `HIV makes its way in the Bay of Bengal (Andaman & Nicober Island), India Journal of Infection. 29: 116-18. Pubmed
  3. Panda, S., S. Sarkar, B. K. Mandal and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1994. 'Epidemic of Herpes Zoster following HIV epidemic in Manipur'. Journal of Infection. 28: 167-173. Pubmed

1993

  1. Sarkar, S., N. Das, S. Panda, T. N. Naik and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1993. `Rapid spread of HIV among injecting drug users in North-Eastern States of India'. Bulletin of Narcotics. 45: 91-105. Pubmed

1990

  1. Gupta, D. N., and K. Sarkar, Setal Bhattacharya. 1990. `Report of an outbreak of diarrhoeal diseases caused by Cholera followed by Rota viral diarrhoea in Manipur'. Indian Journal of Public Health. 34: 62-65. Pubmed
  2. Sarkar, K., Setal Bhattacharya. 1990. 'Global Review on ORS': Indian Journal of Public Health. 34: 48-52. Pubmed

Book written

Written a book titled 'Public Health and Control of Diseases' published by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany

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