ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases

आई सी एम आर - राष्ट्रीय कॉलरा और आंत्र रोग संस्थान

Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान विभाग, स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
WHO Collaborating Centre For Research and Training On Diarrhoeal Diseases

NICED : Scientists

Dr. Samiran Panda

Dr. Samiran Panda

Samiran Panda, a trained tropical medicine specialist, is a clinician scientist of more than 20 years standing. Research areas that Dr Panda currently focuses on are 'evidence for policy & action related to rotavirus vaccine in India', 'diarrheal disease outbreak investigation in natural disaster setting', 'health of women & children in underserved regions of Sunderbans' and 'epidemic situation of blood-borne infections in the northwestern bordering State of Punjab, India'. He has made substantial contribution through his research in the field of public health in these areas. Presently Dr. Panda is associated with NICED and also holds positions in decision making bodies of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Ethics committee of academic medical research institutes.

Dr. Samiran Panda is a leader in the field of HIV prevention and care in South Asia with a substantial track record in clinical and epidemiological research, intervention design, evaluation and advocacy. He has worked as a short-term consultant of WHO in the delivery of anti-retroviral therapy for injection drug users (IDUs) and their partners in resource poor settings. During the last two decades he has played a key role in supporting the National AIDS Programs in India and assisting development partners in designing and implementing evidence based interventions for HIV-prevention and care in South Asia. More than 100 trainings have been lead by him in this regard and he has traveled frequently to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, North East, east and south India and China. In recognition of his expertise, UNESCO headquarter in Paris assigned him the responsibility of leading an evaluation program on drug prevention in marginalized youths in Caribbean Islands, Cambodia and India.

Dr Panda has also been closely associated with one of the largest harm reduction projects in developing country setting - the CARE funded SHAKTI project in Bangladesh. He has coordinated field study under research grants from Population Council and the European Commission. As a Scientist of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) during early 1990s, he was a key member of the team documenting explosion of HIV/AIDS epidemics among IDUs in the northeastern states of India namely Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland bordering Myanmar, and provided significant support to the staff of several local NGOs in delivering prevention and care services in resource poor and conflict ridden environments. Convincing evidence on progression of HIV epidemic from IDUs to their wives and drug-sex interface operating in female drug users and IDUs in Manipur was generated through his work in later period. In recognition of this work and documentation of satellite epidemic of Herpes Zoster following HIV epidemic in Manipur, ICMR bestowed upon him Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey award of Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) for the year 1996 for 5 years of commendable work since 1991 through 1996 in the field of infectious / communicable diseases.

General Information
Name Dr. Samiran Panda
Educational Qualification MBBS, DTM&H, MD, FRSPH
Designation Scientist F
Division Epidemiology
Specialization Tropical Medicine
Date of joining ICMR 7 June 2008
Email : drsamiran_panda@rediffmail.com


Professional Experience

Dr. Samiran Panda - a tropical medicine specialist by profession - conducted infectious disease research in community settings during his stint with NICED (ICMR) from 1991 through 1997 with a focus on HIV and Drug use. Conducting training in many south and southeast-Asian countries at a later phase and developing easy-to-use training modules highlights his other professional expertise. He has also edited books and authored articles in peer-reviewed journals that are extensively drawn upon by scientists and public health specialists.

Dr. Panda has been part of many situation and impact assessment studies and in the process has played a key role in empowerment of community based organizations. A few examples of his achievements in this regard comprise of his work with UNESCO in Caribbean islands and Cambodia, with FHI for National Assessment of Drug and controlled substance use in Bangladesh and with UNODC in Bhutan. He worked as a short-term consultant with WHO, Geneva for antiretroviral therapy among IDUs in resource constrained setting.

Spearheading post-disaster diarrhea outbreak investigation, conducting community based research on diarrheal diseases, reducing HIV-Stigma in the community and understanding the dynamics of spread of HIV among heterosexual couples underline some of his recent involvement through which he has contributed immensely during his second term association with NICED (ICMR) since 2008.

Research Interests

Impact evaluation, Public Health Advocacy, Individual and social behavior, Clinical-epidemiology and immunology of infectious diseases.


  • Indian Medical Association, Indian Science Congress, Society of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases in India.


  • Fogarty International Fellowship 1994-1995.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health



  1. Arya B. K., S. Das Bhattacharya, C. G. Sutcliffe, M. K. Saha, S. Bhattacharyya, S. K. Niyogi, W. J. Moss, S. Panda, R. S. Das, M. Mallick, S. Mandal. 2016. Immunogenicity and safety of two doses of catch-up immunization with Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine in Indian children living with HIV. Vaccine 2016; 34:2267-2274. Pubmed
  2. Pahari S., S. Roy, A. Mandal, S. Kuila, S. Panda. 2016. Authors' response to adherence to anti-retroviral drugs. Indian J Med Res 143: 245-246 Pubmed
  3. Das A., R. Detels, M. Javanbhakt, S. Panda. 2016. Issues around childhood disclosure of HIV status - findings from a qualitative study in West Bengal, India. Child Care Health Dev. 42(4):553-564 Pubmed


  1. Pahari S., S. Roy, A. Mandal, S. Kuila, S. Panda. 2015. Adherence to anti-retroviral therapy & factors associated with it: a community based cross-sectional study from West Bengal, India. Indian J Med Res 142: 301-310 Pubmed
  2. Thirumagal V., K. S. Velayutham, S. Panda. 2015. A study of alcohol use pattern among married men in rural Tamil Nadu, India - policy implications. Int J Prevention Treatment Subs Use Disorders. 1(3-4): 131-141. Link
  3. Sarna, A., S. Panda. 2015. HCV in people who inject drugs: a neglected epidemic. Lancet. Infect. Dis.15: 4-5. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., T. Roy, S. Pahari, Mehraa J, Sharma N, Singh G, Singh J, Joseph F, Singh S, and Sharma N.M. 2014. Alarming epidemics of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus among injection drug users in the northwestern bordering state of Punjab, India: prevalence and correlates. Int. J. STD & AIDS. 25: 596-606. Pubmed
  2. Panda, S., A.K. Deb, M. Chawla-Sarkar, T. Ramamuhy, S. Ganguly, P. Pradhan, A. Chakraborty, S. Desai , M.D. Gupte, and R. Dhere. 2014. Factors associated with diarrhoea in young children and incidence of symptomatic rotavirus infection in rural West Bengal, India. Epidemiol. Infect. 142: 1848-1858. Pubmed
  3. Panda, S., A. Das, S. Samanta. Synthesizing evidences for policy translation: a public health discourse on rotavirus vaccine in India. Vaccine. 32S: A162-A170. Pubmed
  4. Koley, H., N. Ray, G. Chowdhury, S. Barman, S. Mitra, T. Ramamurthy, A.K. Mukhopadhyaya, B.L. Sarkar,R. Katiyal, P. Das, S. Panda, S. Ghosh. 2014. Outbreak of cholera caused by vibrio cholerae 01 El Tor variant strain in Bihar, India. Japan J Infect Dis. 67: 221-226. Pubmed


  1. Mukherjee, A., S. Mullick, A.K. Deb, S. Panda & M. Chawla-Sarkar. 2013 First report of human rotavirus G8P[4] gastroenteritis in India: evidence of ruminants-to-human zoonotic transmission. J. Med. Virol.; 85: 537-545. Pubmed


  1. Larance, B., A. Ambekar, T. Azim, P. Murthy, S. Panda, L. Degenhardt, and B. Mathers. 2011. The availability, diversion and injection of pharmaceutical opioids in South Asia. Drug Alcohol Rev. 30: 246-254. Pubmed
  2. Panda, S., K. K. Pati, M. K. Bhattacharya, H. Koley, S. Pahari, and G. B. Nair. 2011. Rapid situation & response assessment of diarrhoea outbreak in a coastal district following tropical cyclone AILA in India. Indian J. Med. Res. 133: 395-400 Pubmed
  3. Kumar, R., S. Mehendale, S. Panda. S. Venkatesh, P. V. M. Lakshmi, M. Kaur , S. Prinja, T. Singh, N. K. Virdi, P. Bahuguna, A. K. Sharma, S. Singh, S.V. Godbole, A. Risbud, B. Manna, V. Thirumagal, T. Roy, R. Sogarwal and N.D. Pawar. 2011 Impact of targeted intervention on heterosexual transmission of HIV in India. BMC Public Health; 11: 549. Pubmed
  4. Prinja, S., P. Bahuguna, S. Rudra, I. Gupta, M. Kaur, S.M. Mehendale, S. Chatterjee, S. Panda, R. Kumar . 2011 Cost effectiveness of targeted HIV prevention interventions for female sex workers in India. Sex. Transm. Infect. 87: 354-361 Pubmed


  1. Degenhardt, L., B. Mathers, M. Guarinieri, S. Panda, B. Phillips, S. A. Strathdee, M. Tyndall, L. Wiessing, A. Wodak, J. Howard and Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and injecting drug use. 2010. Meth/amphetamine use and associated HIV: Implications for global policy and public health. Int. J. Drug Policy 21: 347-358. Pubmed


  1. Mathers, B. M., L. Degenhardt, B. Phillips, L. Wiessing, M. Hickman, S. A. Strathdee, A. Wodak, S. Panda, M. Tyndall, A. Toufik, R. P. Mattick and 2007 Reference Group to the UN on HIV and Injecting Drug Use. 2008. Global epidemiology of injecting drug use and HIV among people who inject drugs: a systematic review. Lancet 372: 1733-1745. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., T. Azim, N. U. Rehman, G. Poudel, and A. Chaudhuri. 2007. Reaching out to the regular female sex partners of non-injecting and injecting drug users (IDUs): a need highlighted by research findings and ways to address it demonstrated by a regional HIV intervention project from South Asia. Subst Use Misuse 42: 895-898. Pubmed
  2. Panda, S., M. S. Kumar, P. S. Saravanamurthy, P. Mahalingam, A. Vijaylakshmi, P. Balakrishnan, B. Kantesh, P. A. Tamby, S. Jabbar, G. Rangaiyan, S. Flessenkaemper, H. Grosskurth, and M. D. Gupte. 2007. Sexually transmitted infections and sexual practices in injection drug users and their regular sex partners in Chennai, India. Sex. Transm. Dis. 34: 250-253. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., and M. Sharma. 2006. Needle syringe acquisition and HIV prevention among injecting drug users: a treatise on the "good" and "not so good" public health practices in South Asia. Subst. Use Misuse 41: 953-977. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., M. S. Kumar, S. Lokabiraman, K. Jayashree, M. C. Satagopan, S. Solomon, U. A. Rao, G. Rangaiyan, S. Flessenkaemper, H. Grosskurth, and M. D. Gupte. 2005. Risk factors for HIV infection in injection drug users and evidence for onward transmission of HIV to their sexual partners in Chennai, India. J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. 39: 9-15. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., A Chatterjee, C Saha, S Bhattacharjee, SK Bhattacharya, AS Abdul Quader. 2004. Morphine and codeine in the water extract of poppy straw: a traditional substitution used by drug users in Calcutta, India. International Journal of Drug Policy. 15: 214-216. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S. 2003. HIV in IDUs: should we bother, International Journal of Drug Policy: 14; 83-85. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., U. Saha, S. Pahari, M. Nathan, S. Poddar, D. Neogi, M. Sarkar, N. K. Pal, and D. Mahalanabis. 2002. Drug use among the urban poor in Kolkata: behaviour and environment correlates of low HIV infection. Natl. Med. J. India 15: 128-134. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., L. Bijaya, N. Sadhana Devi, E. Foley, A. Chatterjee, D. Banerjee, T. N. Naik, M. K. Saha, and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2001. Interface between drug use and sex work in Manipur. Natl. Med. J. India 14: 209-211. Pubmed


  1. Mandal, D., S. Jana, S. Panda, S. Bhattacharya, T. C. Ghosh, S. K. Bhattacharya, S. Chakrabarti. 2000. Distribution of HIV-1 subtypes in female sex workers of Calcutta, India. Indian J. Med. Res. 112: 165-172. Pubmed
  2. Chakrabarti, S., S. Panda, A. Chatterjee, S. Sarkar, B. Manna, N. B. Singh, T. N. Naik, R. Detels, and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2000. HIV-1 subtypes in injecting drug users & their non-injecting wives in Manipur, India. Indian J. Med. Res. 111: 189-194. Pubmed
  3. Panda, S., A. Chatterjee, S. K. Bhattacharya, B. Manna, P. N. Singh, S. Sarkar, T. N. Naik, S. Chakrabarti, and R. Detels. 2000. Transmission of HIV from injecting drug users to their wives in India. Int. J. STD AIDS. 11: 468-473. Pubmed
  4. Saha, M. K., S. Chakrabarti, S. Panda, T. N. Naik, B. Manna, A. Chatterjee, R. Detels, and S. K. Bhattacharya. 2000. Prevalence of HCV & HBV infection amongst HIV seropositive intravenous drug users & their non-injecting wives in Manipur, India. Indian J. Med. Res. 111: 37-39. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., S. Sarkar, S. K. Bhattacharya, R. Detels, and S. Chakrabarti. 1998. HIV-1 in injecting-drug users and heterosexuals. Lancet 352: 241. Pubmed
  2. Panda, S., A. Chatterjee, S. Bhattacharjee, B. Ray, M. K. Saha, and S. K. Bhattacharya. 1998. HIV, hepatitis B and sexual practices in the street-recruited injecting drug users of Calcutta: risk perception versus observed risks. Int. J. STD AIDS. 9: 214-8. Pubmed
  3. Sarkar, S., N. Islam, F. Durandin, N. Siddiqui, S. Panda, S. Jana, G. Corbitt, P. Klapper, and D. Mandal. 1998. Low HIV and high STD among commercial sex workers in a brothel in Bangladesh: scope for prevention of larger epidemic. Int. J. STD AIDS 9: 45-47. Pubmed
  4. Mastro, T.D., K.L. Zhang, S. Panda and Nelson, K.E. 1998. HIV Infection and AIDS in Asia (Chapter 4) in PEDIATRIC AIDS: The Challenge of HIV Infection in Infants, Children and Adolescents. Pizzo PA, Wilfret CM, (eds) 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.


  1. Sarkar, K., S. Panda, N. Das, and S. Sarkar. 1997. Relationship of national highway with injecting drug abuse and HIV in rural Manipur, India. Indian J. Pub. Health 41: 49-51. Pubmed
  2. Panda, S., A. Chatterjee, S. Sarkar, K. N. Jalan, T. Maitra, S. Mukherjee, B. Mukherjee, B. C. Deb, and A. S. Abdul-Quader. 1997. Injection drug use in Calcutta: a potential focus for an explosive HIV epidemic. Drug Alcohol Rev. 16: 17-23. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., G. Wang, S. Sarkar, C. M. Perez, S. Chakraborty, A. Agarwal, K. Dorman, K. Sarkar, R. Detels, and A. H. Kaplan. 1996. Characterization of V3 loop of HIV type 1 spreading rapidly among injection drug users of Manipur, India: a molecular epidemiological perspective. AIDS Res. Hum. Retroviruses 12: 1571-1573. Pubmed
  2. Morens, D. M., A. K. Agarwal, S. Sarkar, S. Panda, and R. Detels. 1996. Epidemic zoster and AIDS. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 2: 361-362. Pubmed


  1. Sarkar, S., S. Panda, K. Sarkar, C. Z. Hangzo, L. Bijaya, N. Y. Singh, N. Das, A. Agarwal, A. Chatterjee, Deb BC, et al. 1995. A cross-sectional study on factors including HIV testing and counselling determining unsafe injecting practices among injecting drug users of Manipur. Indian J. Public Health 39: 86-92. Pubmed
  2. Singh, N. B., S. Panda, T. N. Naik, A. Agarwal, H. L. Singh, Y. I. Singh, and B. C. Deb. 1995. HIV-2 strikes injecting drug users (IDUs) in India. J. Infect. 31: 49-50. Pubmed


  1. Panda, S., G. Kamei, M. Pamei, S. Sarkar, K. Sarkar, N. D. Singh, and B. C. Deb. 1994. Clinical features of HIV infection in drug users of Manipur. Natl. Med. J. India 7: 267-269. Pubmed
  2. Sarkar, K., S. Sarkar, B. C. Deb, W. A. Shah, M. Rashid, J. S. Nagra, S. Panda, T. N. Naik, and B. Manna. 1994. HIV makes its way in the islands of the Bay of Bengal (Andaman and Nicobar), India. J. Infect. 29: 116-118. Pubmed
  3. Panda, S., S. Sarkar, B. K. Mandal, T. B. Singh, K. L. Singh, D. K. Mitra, K. Sarkar, S. P. Tripathy, and B. C. Deb. 1994. Epidemic of herpes zoster following HIV epidemic in Manipur, India. J. Infect. 28: 167-173. Pubmed
  4. Panda, S., T. Nabachandra, S. Sarkar, S. Chakraborty, T. N. Naik, and B. C. Deb. 1994. Herpes zoster in an HIV-positive 14-month-old baby. Natl. Med. J. India 7: 63-64. Pubmed


  1. Sarkar, S., N. Das, S. Panda, T. N. Naik, K. Sarkar, B. C. Singh, J. M. Ralte, S. M. Aier, and S. P. Tripathy. 1993. Rapid spread of HIV among injecting drug users in north-eastern states of India. Bull. Narc. 45: 91-105. Pubmed

Books / Book-Chapters / Published Reports

  1. Panda, S., M. Jana, R.S. Das, S. Pahari, Sk.A. Maruf, R. Das, R. Varma, A. Mandal, D. Gere. 2009. Art and Public Health: report on development of a unique community-based approach to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma in villages of West Bengal.NICED (ICMR) / Make ART Stop AIDS / SPARSHA (Project supported by World Bank South Asia Regional Marketplace).
  2. Panda, S. 2014. Health Status of Women and Children in Sundarbans. SSDC / NICED (ICMR) / Save the Children(Project supported by Save the Children).
  3. Panda, S., C. Wangdi, D. Mukherjee, L. Chowdhury, S. Wangdi, S. Pahari. 2010. National Baseline Assessment of Drugs and Controlled Substance Use in Bhutan-2009. UNODC / UNAIDS / WHO / BNCA (Project supported by AusAID).
  4. Panda, S., L. Chowdhury, T. Dendup, S. Pahari. 2009 Drug use situation and responses in schools and communities : A Rapid Assessment in Phuentsholing, Bhutan-2008. UNODC / UNAIDS / WHO / BNCA (Project supported by AusAID).
  5. Panda, S. 2006. Monograph on Drug Use in the North-eastern States of India. UNODC and MSJE, Government of India.
  6. Panda, S., V. Thirumagal, S. Daniel and J. Devi. 2005. Rapid Needs Assessment of HIV Program Needs in Five northeastern states of India (Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram)- A joint initiative of NACO, AusAID, UNAIDS.
  7. Panda, S., S. Kaul, M. Dhaliwal, R. Rohini and G. Nembiaklum. 2005. Supporting safe and effective ARV treatment in India- Building treatment friendly communities: Rapid assessment study (Manipur and Andhra Pradesh).
  8. Panda, S., Roy, T. and Thirumagal, V. 2004. Rapid Assessment of NACO-MSJE Collaboration on Integration of HIV/AIDS in Drug Demand Reduction Program in India (FHI/Impact/USAID).
  9. Panda, S., A. Chatterjee, and A.S. Abdul-Quader, (Editors). 2002. 'Living with the AIDS virus: the epidemic and the responses in India'. SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd.
  10. Panda, S., P. S. Mallick, M. A. Karim, M. Sharifuzzaman, and P. Baatsen. 2002. National Assessment of Situation and Responses to Opioid/Opiate Use in Bangladesh (NASROB): Country Highlights and Recommendations. FHI-IMPACT-Bangladesh, CARE-Bangladesh and HASAB.
  11. Panda, S. 2001. Rapid Situation Assessment (RSA): Opioid/opiate drug use in Calcutta (1999-2000) - a part of UNESCO 'five-city RSA' study.
  12. Panda, S. 1999. HIV/AIDS Care in Relation to Injection Drug Use in Manipur and other North-Eastern States of India (Chapter 20) in HIV/AIDS: Diagnosis and management- A Physician's Handbook, PRAYAS, Pune, India.

Training Module / Implementation Package

  1. Panda, S., V. Thirumagal. 2009. Positive Living : in the context of HIV care and support for drug users and their sex partners. UNODC ROSA / Supported by DFID & AusAID.
  2. Panda, S., V. Thirumagal and P Singh. 2007. Training module for service providers on 'Developing Knowledge and Skills on HIV/STI and Drug Issues Affecting Women - published by UNODC and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

  3. Panda, S. Modules on 'Rapid Situation and Response Assessment' (RSRA) and 'needle syringe exchange (safer practices)' in the intervention toolkit for SAARC Project of UNODC ROSA (H-13).
  4. Lambert, H., S. Bharat, G. Bhave, G. Davey-Smith, H. Grosskurth, S. Jaswal and S. Panda. 2000 Situation Analysis of Sexual Health in India (SASHI): Implementation Package supported by Department for International Development, UK and on behalf of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Government of India.