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Alcon, USA Allergan, USA Bartimeus, The Netherlands Bausch & Lomb, USA Bristol Eye Bank, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, UK Cambridge University, UK Carl Zeiss, Germany Centre for Eye Research Australia, Melbourne, Australia Centre for Eye Research & Technology, Australia Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Lahore, Pakistan Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, USA Children’s Hospital of Florida, USA Christoffel Blindenmission, Germany Cornea & Contact Lens Research Unit, Australia Combat Blindness Foundation, USA Duke University, Durham, USA Eye Sight International, Vancouver, Canada Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia Fund Incorporated, Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) and Queensland branch, Australia Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA Institute of Eye Research, Sydney, Australia International Federation of Eye & Tissue Banks, Baltimore, USA International Center for Eye Care Education, Australia International Association for Contact Lens Education, Australia Islamia Eye Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh i2 Foundation, Texas, USA Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Lighthouse International, New York, USA Lions International, USA London School of Tropical Hygiene & Medicine, UK Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA National Institute of Sensory Organs, Tokyo, Japan Northwest Lions Eye Bank, Seattle, USA Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA Ohio State University, Columbus, USA Operation Eye Sight Universal, Canada ORBIS International, New York, USA Pharmacia & Upjohn, Sweden Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia Rotary International, USA SUNY School of Optometry, New York, USA Santen Inc., USA Service de Biologie Cinique Institut Salah Azaiz, Tunisie Sight Savers International, UK State University of Rochester, USA Tel Aviv University, Israel The Hadley School for the Blind, Illinois, USA The Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital and the Malaysian Association for the Blind, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tubero, Sendai University, Japan Tufts University of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA The Cooperative Research Center for Eye Research & Technology, Australia University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl, USA University of Heidelberg, Germany University of London, UK University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK University of New South Wales, Australia University of Ottawa, Canada University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, USA University of South Carolina, USA University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA University of Rochester Eye Institute, University of Rochester, New York, USA University of Waterloo, Canada Vanderbilt University, USA Vision CRC, Australia Wills Eye Hospital, USA World Health Organization, Switzerland William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, USA Yayasan Penyatun Wyata Guna, Indonesia

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Action on Disability and Development India, Bangalore Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Secunderabad Anthropological Survey of India, Hyderabad Aravind Eye Hospital System, Madurai Benares Hindu University, Varanasi Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai Bio-Medix Optotechnik & Devices Pvt. Limited, Bangalore Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Blind Peoples Association, Ahmedabad Calcutta University, Kolkata CBR Forum, Bangalore Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore Consolidated Products Corporation Pvt. Limited, New Delhi Council for Advancement of People’s Action, New Delhi Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Government of India, New Delhi Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi Eye Bank Association of India, Hyderabad Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli Indian Council for Medical Research, New Delhi Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata International Human Resource Development Centre, Coimbatore Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai Indian Orthocane Surgicals, Chennai Jammu University, Jammu Milmet Laboratories Pvt. Limited, Ahmedabad Micro Vision, Ahmedabad National Association for the Blind, Mumbai National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun National Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai Thakur Hari Prasad Institute for Research and Rehabilitation of Mentally Handicapped, Hyderabad The Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind, Mumbai University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad VIMTA Laboratories, Hyderabad Vision Research Foundation, Chennai

Relevance and Rigour
Research at L V Prasad Eye Institute

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L V Prasad Eye Institute
Kallam Anji Reddy Campus L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, India Phone: 91 40 3061 2345 Fax: 91 40 2354 8271 Email: communications@lvpei.org Web site: www.lvpei.org

Vision
To create excellent and equitable eye care systems that reach all those in need.

Mission
The mission of L V Prasad Eye Institute is to be a centre of excellence in eye care services, basic and clinical research into eye diseases and vision-threatening conditions, training, product development, and rehabilitation for those with incurable visual disability; with a focus on extending equitable and efficient eye care services to underserved populations in the developing world.

Contents L V Prasad Eye Institute: An Overview The Eye Health Pyramid Research at LVPEI Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation Highlights of Research Projects LVPEI Faculty Hyderabad Bhubaneswar Visakhapatnam 1 2 5 9 17 25 Honors and Awards 2002 – 2007 Publications 2002 – 2007 55 61 December 2007 .

ORGANOGRAM L V PRASAD EYE INSTITUTE HYDERABAD EYE INSTITUTE HYDERABAD EYE RESEARCH FOUNDATION – Eye Care / Clinical Services – Vision Rehabilitation Services – Clinical Research and Trials with HERF facilities – Basic Research in genetics of eye diseases – Infection & Microbiology – Cell Biology – Public Health – Postgraduate education and Ph. programmes Translational Research (HEI + HERF) Bench to Bedside to Community .D.

with a focus on extending equitable and efficient eye care to disadvantaged populations in the developing world. product development. officially registered organizations. the International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care (ICARE). Clinicians at HEI use the facilities and support offered by the laboratories of HERF and collaborate with the scientists at HERF to do research. The Institute also houses the editorial offices of the ‘Community Eye Health Journal – Indian Edition’ and the ‘Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology’. the global initiative against avoidable blindness. LVPEI today extends beyond its Hyderabad campus into a network spanning two additional tertiary centers in Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam. 16 secondary care Service Centres and 50 primary care Vision Centres across Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring states of India. the Institute has grown in strength over the last twenty years to become one of the premier eye health institutes in the world. translational and public-health related. while HEI provides comprehensive eye care delivery to all who need it.L V Prasad Eye Institute Excellence and equity in eye care L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is a Centre of Excellence in eye care services. 1 . L V Prasad Eye Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in the area of blindness prevention. and rehabilitation for those with incurable visual disability. LVPEI has been designated by the Andhra Pradesh State Government as a resource center for the state level VISION 2020: The Right to Sight program. Through this initiative. the Institute has embarked on a public health initiative. non-government. training. Established in 1987. HERF conducts all research activities – basic. the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation (HERF) and the Hyderabad Eye Institute (HEI). work with and provide service to the community. clinical. The Institute is run by two not-for-profit. basic and clinical research into eye diseases and vision-threatening conditions. In order to reach out. It has been the global headquarters of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and is the nodal center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.

across villages and cities. This five-level inter-connected system has world-class permanent infrastructure and fully trained human resources at each level of care. Service centres can manage 75% of all avoidable blindness. detect cataract. Therefore. The pyramidal advantage Effective vision centres can entirely eliminate 25% of all blindness due to the need for spectacles. detect potentially blinding problems. with services offered free of cost to those who cannot pay. Each level generates income and delivers quality eye care. some glaucomas and diabetic retinopathy. address conditions like vitamin A deficiency.The Eye Health Pyramid L V Prasad Eye Institute’s innovative eye care delivery model ensures excellent eye care for all. 2 . only 25% of all people with visual impairment actually need to travel to cities to access tertiary care.

Each Vision Centre caters to around 50. an average Centre of Excellence: • • • • • • • Provides outpatient services to 2. Ten Vision Centres. opticals The Service Centre serves a population of 5. In a year. they: • Monitor the eye health of 5000 people. active research.000 people. for tertiary care Vision Centres are Primary Care Centres.00. an average Vision Centre: • Screens 2500 people (at the Centre) and 2500 children (in schools) • Dispenses 400 pairs of spectacles and educates 300 people on spectacle usage • Identifies and refers 500 people to the next level Vision Guardians service 5000 people (2-3 villages) and work closely with the nearest Vision Centre.000 outpatient consultations Performs 10.An Eye Health System that reaches all those in need The Services The Centre of Excellence is at the apex of the pyramid. especially children and the elderly • Refer people who need an eye check-up to the appropriate centre • Monitor those who have had surgery • Provide readymade near-vision glasses 3 . they screen the village population and link up with other community services. and advocacy. and conducts training and research.000 surgeries Trains 100 professionals at all levels of eye care Publishes at least 10 research papers Service Centres or Secondary Care Centres offer comprehensive eye care services.000 people Performs 25. an average Tertiary Eye Centre: Fully-equipped support ⎯ pharmacy. engaging in Training Trainers and specialists. managed by Vision Technicians. In a year. offers the complete gamut of eye services including subspecialty care. • Acts as a referral administration source for 10 Vision Centres. The Structure In a year. including surgery: • Comprehensive outpatient services • World-class surgical services (secondary) • Community based rehabilitation and low vision care • Fully-equipped support ⎯ pharmacy. every year. you will find: • Full eye screening • Prescription and supply of low cost spectacles • Referral to the next level for cataract surgeries and • Link to other community services other conditions At this level are Vision Guardians ⎯ volunteers who deliver Community Eye Care. Ten Tertiary Centres would link to 1 Centre of Excellence.000 people (2025 villages). low vision and rehabilitation. and functions as an advanced Tertiary Care Centre.000 surgeries Trains 250 professionals at all levels of eye care Publishes at least 50 research papers Provides eye banking services. collecting 2500 corneas Provides low vision services to 3000 people Contributes to eye health policy Tertiary Care Centres offer a complete range of eye services. At a Vision Centre. opticals Training for all cadres of eye care professionals Clinical research • • • • Provides 75.000. Within 5 years of establishment. Vision Technicians community members who have received a 1-year training. refers 5-10% patients • Performs 50 community-based screening activities.00. such as: • • • • • • Comprehensive eye check-ups Advanced care for many complex problems Rehabilitation for the blind and low vision care A Tertiary Eye Centre. within a radius of 50 km are linked to a service centre. servicing 50.00. an average Service Centre: • Provides outpatient services for 10-15 thousand people • Performs 1500-2000 surgeries.

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The group conducts not only intramural clinical research. in collaboration with researchers in the US. biochemical features of cataract. which is recognized by the Indian Government’s Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO). Likewise. and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – all from India. namely the Champalimaud Translational Centre (C-TRACER). and obtain their Ph D degrees from these universities. Support and recognition Research at HERF has concentrated on molecular genetics of inherited eye diseases. Thanks to the recently formalized US – India eye research collaboration. HERF continues to compete for and receive grants from all over the world to conduct cutting edge research on the eye. as well as a series of clinical studies such as on antibacterial contact lenses and corneal onlays. and University of Hyderabad – all in Hyderabad. and the University of New South Wales. the Jhaveri Microbiology Centre. Another area of study is the efficacy. National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). microbiology of eye infections. Hyderabad. Sydney. Clinical Research LVPEI’s multidisciplinary clinical research is of international standards and is sponsored by Indian funding agencies and multinational companies from USA and France. the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory. devising molecular diagnostics for early detection. the Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory. Australia. Australia). Many of the studies are conducted in collaboration with leading pharmaceutical companies. This involves recruitment of volunteers and monitoring comfort levels and related factors upon the use of contact lenses over a period of time. The Institute is recognized as an external research centre by the University of Hyderabad. and conducts research on its behalf on the genetics of myopia. Department of Science and Technology (DST). USA. Clinical research has also focused on the suitability of using extended wear contact lenses.Research at LVPEI An Introduction Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation All research at L V Prasad Eye Institute is conducted through its constituent arm. National Institutes of Health). the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation (HERF). in recognition of their generous support. the Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory. as well as the National Eye Institute (NEI. The agreements allow researchers at LVPEI to access state-of-the-art equipment and sophisticated facilities at these centers. Collaborative research has also been forged with national laboratories such as the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB). pharmacodynamics and related features of ophthalmic drugs and antibiotics. 5 . and stem cell technology for reconstruction of the damaged ocular outer surface. but also participates in multicentre clinical trials. Bangalore. Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). several joint research projects have been initiated at HERF. Each of these components has been named after its donor. The Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre (BHERC) investigates the causes and treatment strategies through its various components. HERF is one of the four pillars of the multinational research and development group called Vision CRC (operating from Sydney. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Support for these projects have come from competitive grants received from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). This enables research scholars from LVPEI to register with. the Saroja A Rao Immunology Laboratory. and the clinical research laboratories. Centre for DNA Fingerprinting & Diagnostics (CDFD). Pilani. and the Indian Institute of Science.

Secunderabad Dr Ch Mohan Rao Deputy Director Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. University of Hyderabad. Hyderabad 6 . L V Prasad Eye Institute. Hyderabad Lt Gen D Raghunath Principal Executive Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Medicine. Hyderabad Dr Seyed E Hasnain Vice Chancellor. Satyam Computer Services Limited. New Delhi Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairperson & Managing Director The Biocon Group of Companies. Hyderabad Dr G Chandra Sekhar (Ex-officio member) Director. L V Prasad Eye Institute. Bangalore Prof D Balasubramanian (Ex-officio member) Director – Research. Hyderabad Prof K Srinath Reddy President Public Health Foundation of India. Bangalore Mr B Ramalinga Raju Chairman. Mumbai Secretary/Treasurer Dr Gullapalli N Rao Distinguished Chair of Eye Health L V Prasad Eye Institute.Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation Members of the Board Chair Dr F C Kohli Chairman Emeritus Tata Consultancy Services Limited.

Hyderabad Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti. Hyderabad Dr Roy Verghese. PhD Scientist. MD Elbit Medical Diagnostics Limited. PhD Associate Director and Head. Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology. MD Pediatric Ophthalmologist.Members – Institutional Review Board (Independent Ethics Committee) Chair Justice T N C Rangarajan Retired Justice. Ph D Scientist. National Institute of Immunology. FNA. Ophthalmic Pathology Services Head. Hyderabad Lt Gen D Raghunath Principal Executive Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Medicine Indian Institute of Science Campus. PhD Vice Chancellor. DNB Head. Hyderabad Members – Research Advisory Board Chair Dr Avadhesha Surolia. Hyderabad Dr Evita Fernandez. MRCOG Fernandez Hospital for Women and Newborn. Hyderabad Dr Ch Mohan Rao. Hyderabad Dr Madhukar Reddy. New Delhi Dr Narinder K Mehra. Hyderabad Dr Seyed E Hasnain. New Delhi Dr Jyotsna Dhawan. Department of Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Andhra Pradesh High Court. FASc Director. Hyderabad Dr Usha Raman. Communications L V Prasad Eye Institute. MD. Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology. L V Prasad Eye Institute. L V Prasad Eye Institute. University of Hyderabad. Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory L V Prasad Eye Institute. Hyderabad Dr Ramesh Murthy. PhD. Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory L V Prasad Eye Institute. Hyderabad Dr Ajit Babu. Hyderabad 7 . MD. MS Dhrishti Eye Centre. L V Prasad Eye Institute. PhD Professor & Head. Bangalore Prof D Balasubramanian Director – Research. MD Ophthalmologist. PhD Deputy Director. Hyderabad Member Secretary Dr Geeta K Vemuganti.

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Brien Holden Eye Research Centre Champalimaud Translational Centre Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory Sudhakar & Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory Jhaveri Microbiology Centre & Saroja A Rao Immunology Laboratory Biochemistry Laboratory Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory Clinical Research .Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation Prof.

based in Lisbon. shows the Centre to Smt. António de Sommer Champalimaud. The Department of Biotechnology. With the creation of C-TRACER the Champalimaud Foundation is making a significant contribution to the prevention and eradication of vision-related disease and illness in Portugal. Champalimaud Foundation. Government of India. has also granted a five-year program support to the Institute to aid the Centre in its activities. 2008 Prof Balasubramanian. in particular neurology. LVPEI has been conducting translational research in relation to vision and has. and • Introduction of capacity building programs aimed at developing Lusophone countries such as Mozambique. Now this agreement has established a link between the scientific communities of Portugal. in honour of the benefactor’s parents. Minister of State for Human Resource Development. notably. Govt of India. and will allow the creation of programs specific to the Lusophone countries of Africa. C-TRACER will focus on the following areas: • Research and therapy through the utilisation of stem cells in vision-related illnesses.Dr Leonor Beleza. Timor and others. onclology and vision sciences. LVPEI. Africa and Asia. apart from providing unique opportunities for training and experience for talented Portuguese scientists. at the inauguration of C-TRACER at LVPEI on January 30. • Translational research utilising existing and novel clinical methodologies with the objective of furthering the knowledge of vision in such a way that it can be readily applied to the patient. President. Portugal. Angola. At the end of 2004 it was incorporated as the Anna de Sommer Champalimaud and Dr Carlos Montez Champalimaud Foundation. Purandareshwari. in India and in the world. 10 . and Dr Leonor Beleza Champalimaud Translational Centre of Eye Research The Champalimaud Foundation. in the countries of the Portuguese language. This centre will lead to the beginning of the Foundation’s scientific activity in two years and allow Portuguese scientists to participate in research. • Exchange programs involving scientists chosen by LVPEI and the Champalimaud Foundation. was created on the bequest of the late Portuguese industrialist and entrepreneur. Director – Research. The Champalimaud Foundation and L V Prasad Eye Institute have agreed on the development of a vast program of translational research through the establishment of the Champalimaud Translational Centre of Eye Research or C-TRACER. The Foundation has a long-term commitment to support medical research. utilised stem cells for the treatment of eye diseases.

The primary focus lies in identifying and characterizing the genes involved in ocular disorders. This laboratory has facilities for advanced research in molecular genetics and molecular biology and is equipped with thermal cyclers. conducts research leading to the understanding of underlying molecular mechanisms in various inherited eye disorders. Based on this an attempt is made towards establishing a genotype-phenotype correlation that may be useful to monitor prognosis. In addition. Identification of gene mutations and variants can further lead to devising molecular diagnostics for rapid screening and early intervention. established with the generous support of Dr K Anji Reddy of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. functional studies are also being undertaken by cloning and expressing the disease-causing genes. understanding their mutation spectrum. dHPLC – a Real Time PCR and two automated DNA sequencers. Hyderabad. 11 . screening SNPs that could be potential risk factors for the disease condition and generating haplotypes to understand the origin.Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory The Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory. gel documentation units. and studying the resultant proteins so as to determine the molecular phenotype based on the function of the proteins and their interactions. electrophoresis equipment. spectrophotometer. evolution and differentiation of the mutations.

USA – is engaged in frontline research designed to apply knowledge of stem cell biology to the treatment of eye diseases. or undifferentiated cells from a donor eye. 12 . the laboratory has been particularly successful in developing a technique of culturing limbal stem cells ex-vivo on an amniotic membrane substrate and transplanting the resultant corneal epithelium into the patient’s eye. set up with the generous support of two brothers – Sudhakar Ravi and Sreekanth Ravi of California.Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory The stem cell laboratory. which could then be taken further to grow retinal cells. In the area of ocular surface damage. The laboratory is also attempting to transdifferentiate stromal cells from the bone marrow into cells of neuronal lineage. are cultured in a special medium to generate corneal cells that can then be transplanted into the eye of a person with corneal blindness. Stem cells.

The Jhaveri Microbiology Centre is engaged in investigating a range of infectious diseases of the eye that are caused by bacteria. established with a generous donation from the Late Shri L D Jhaveri. as well as international agencies such as The Thrasher Foundation. Department of Biotechnology (DBT). including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 13 . which was set up with initial funding from Dr Narsing Rao of USA. fungi. Research activities at both laboratories are supported through research grants received from national agencies and industries.Jhaveri Microbiology Centre and Saroja A Rao Immunology Laboratory The Jhaveri Microbiology Centre. The centre has a team of three microbiologists and five technicians who work in the area of diagnostic microbiology. a pearl merchant from Japan. The research has led to several conference presentations and publications in national and international journals. New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) under the CSIR. and the Saroja A Rao Immunology Laboratory. viruses. are an integral part of the Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre. and parasites.

are being cloned and expressed to understand the molecular phenotypes. One aspect of the work involves identifying substances for use in delaying the progression or onset of age-related eye diseases. Ginkgo biloba and Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) have been analyzed and found to have a beneficial role. The mutant gene identified as being associated with the disorder is cloned and expressed in heterologous systems. the cDNAs of the target proteins are transfected into relevant cells and the differences in the behavior of the normal (wild type) and mutant molecules compared. and the molecular properties of the latter are compared with those of the normal protein. The effect is traced to the antioxidant and cytoprotective molecules present in these extracts.Biochemistry Laboratory The Biochemistry Laboratory is involved in research dealing with biochemical agents that play a crucial role in various eye diseases. in order to produce the mutant protein. In addition. 14 . Currently. This gives an idea of the functional alterations that occur in situ due to the mutation. The laboratory is equipped with all the advanced instruments required for biochemical and molecular biological work. Extracts of plants such as tea. where necessary. A second project involves the study of the molecular phenotypes in various eye disorders. and the glaucoma-causing optineurin gene expressed in the trabecular meshwork cells. the mutant crystallin genes in cataractous lenses.

immuno-fluorescence studies. cytology of fluids. This enables the generation of a provisional report within 5-7 minutes of receiving a sample.Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory The ophthalmic pathology laboratory supports the clinical services with routine tissue processing and histopathology reporting. and squash cytology. In order to aid clinicians in difficult cases. the laboratory carries out tests in the areas of histochemistry and immuno-histochemistry. the laboratory has introduced rapid intraoperative diagnosis by squash and imprint cytology. fine needle aspiration cytology. rapid intra-operative imprint. Facilities for frozen section reporting are also available. In addition. 15 .

These studies are done in collaboration with lens manufacturers as well as vision research groups across the globe. with several projects sponsored by national funding agencies as well as multinational drug and device manufacturing companies. One of the primary areas of clinical research and one in which LVPEI has had a long history is contact lens studies. among others-is studied in target populations. 16 . extended wear. which provides scientific and ethical oversight. The multidisciplinary clinical research that is undertaken here is of international standards. In recent years. This involves recruitment of volunteers and monitoring comfort levels and other factors related to use over time. multi-focal. Another area where LVPEI research teams have worked in tandem with the industry and other research organisations is in studying the efficacy. apart from conducting intramural clinical research. The suitability and safety of a variety of different contact lenses-antibacterial. All of LVPEI's clinical trials and other research involving human subjects are done with the approval and monitoring of an Institutional Review Board. pharmacodynamics and related features of ophthalmic drugs and devices.Clinical Research LVPEI's large patient volume combined with its applied research focus has made it an ideal site for clinical research. LVPEI has become a key participant in a variety of multi-site clinical trials. including drug delivery systems.

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To reconstruct the ocular surface in such patients. Limbal stem cells are usually lost due to chemical or thermal injury. this technique is also an improvement over a similar technique established earlier in Japan in that it does not require the use of feeder cells (animal cells that are cultured with stem cells to facilitate the growth of stem cells). in cases where the patient’s own limbal stem cells are not available. therefore capable of regenerating the ocular surface. In addition to eliminating the risks of allogenous transplants. This eliminates the risks inherent in introducing unknown animal products into the patient. finally. The team has developed a technique to culture oral cells in the laboratory. They also require life-long use of expensive immunosuppressants with undesirable side-effects. corneal opacity and. cultured in the laboratory and then transplanted into the injured eye. The clinical trials for using oral epithelial cultures for ocular surface reconstruction were initiated in October 2007. This leads to the loss of the corneal epithelium. Once established successfully. Oral epithelial cells growing out from the oral biopsy Histology of oral epithelial cells cultured on amniotic membrane 18 . called limbal stem cells. This technique has been used successfully at L V Prasad Eye Institute to treat over 500 patients with limbal stem cell deficiency. The research team at LVPEI has now demonstrated that cells from a patient’s oral cavity can be used to reconstruct the ocular surface. after the transplantation. the treatment is likely to help treat around 30 such needy patients per year at the Institute. which have a higher chance of being rejected by the recipient. patients have reported improvement in vision. blindness. are essential for regenerating the corneal epithelium and maintaining proper integrity and vision. growth of neighboring conjunctival cells on the cornea. the cultured cells are similar in many ways to cultured limbal cells and. allogenous or ‘non-self’ limbal stem cells from donors are used for transplantation. But when both eyes are damaged. limbal cells are harvested from the healthy eye. Experiments show that although of oral origin. These stem cells. Preliminary results have been encouraging.Ocular surface reconstruction using oral cells A method established by scientists at L V Prasad Eye Institute has given hope to patients who have lost their vision due to the loss of stem cells.

These results are useful for predictive testing of PCG and call for similar studies on PCG mutations that are not associated with CYP1B1. is indicative of common founders and population movements. it was possible to reconstruct the evolution of these mutations on different haplotype backgrounds. Globally. Some of these observations could be correlated with the ancient population movements from Saudi Arabia to India. The detailed results of the study were published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (January 2006 issue) and also cited in the directory of the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). 19 . a renowned geneticist at the Indian Statistical Institute. The colour of the arrow indicates a common mutation that is found on the background of the same haplotype across different populations. They wanted to address a rather unusual question — why are the mutation spectrums in CYP1B1 in PCG patients similar even across different countries? Dr Chakrabarti. The glaucoma research group at the Institute (Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti. It is an autosomal recessive disorder manifested by two copies of the mutant allele in the children. parents are usually asymptomatic carriers. immigration of the Roma gypsies from India to northern and central Asia and so forth.Origin and migration of disease-associated mutations in primary congenital glaucoma Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is a severely blinding disorder in children with a prevalence of 1 in 3300 live births in Andhra Pradesh. The direction of the arrows indicate the hypothetical route of migration of these mutations in different countries. Rajul Parikh and Ravi Thomas from the clinical services) has been working on the genetics of PCG for the last several years. These were analyzed in conjunction with data available from other populations along with ancestral great apes like chimpanzees. The presence of predominant CYP1B1 mutations on specific haplotypes. there was a strong clustering of mutations by geographical and haplotype backgrounds. The team observed that common mutations in CYP1B1 associated with PCG occurred on a uniform haplotype background among Indian patients that was completely distinct from the most frequent haplotype found among unaffected Indian control patients. Together with the data of chimpanzees. The cytochrome P450 gene (CYP1B1) happens to be a major culprit as defects in this gene (mutations) account for a varied proportion of primary congenital glaucoma cases worldwide. addressed this issue with the help of genetic signatures (haplotypes) in CYP1B1 in PCG patients and unaffected normal control patients. Kolkata. in collaboration with Prof Partha P Majumder. irrespective of geographical regions. The migration of CYP1B1 mutation across different countries worldwide. and of normal controls from India and other global regions. Ms Kiranpreet Kaur and Dr Inderjeet Kaur from the research wing and Drs Anil Mandal.

Singapore Eli Lilly & Company Principal Investigator Dr V S Sangwan Duration April 2005 to September 2007 September 2005 to 2009 January 2006 to February 2010 January 2006 to June 2008 January 2006 to 2008 March 2006 to December 2006 Dr Subhadra Jalali Allergan India Pvt Ltd Allergan India Pvt Ltd Allergan India Pvt Ltd Alcon (Quintiles) Dr Ajit B Majji Dr Annie Mathai Dr V S Sangwan Dr Prashant Garg Mactel Foundation Dr Raja Narayanan October 2006 to 2011 November 2006 November 2006 to 2009 February 2007 to December 2007 Alcon (Quintiles) Pfizer Bausch & Lomb Dr Prashant Garg Dr Subhadra Jalali Dr Prashant Garg Scy Fix Dr Subhadra Jalali Dr V S Sangwan March 2007 to 2009 December 2007 to December 2009 Comparative. openlabel feasibility clinical evaluation of an accommodating intraocular lens Protein Kinase C ß inhibitor – reduction in the occurrence of center-threatening diabetic macular edema B7A-MC-MBDL Posurdex study for DME Posurdex study for BRVO Posurdex study for uveitis An evaluation of the safety and efficacy of Moxifloxacin AF ophthalmic solution 0. single center.6% ISV-403 compared to VIGAMOX™ in the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis MCS 650 device pilot study Sponsor Bausch & Lomb (S) Pvt Ltd. Germany Bharat Biotech. India Oculus Gen Dr Somasheila Murthy November 2007 to December 2008 November 2007 to December 2008 November 2007 to December 2008 December 2007 to December 2008 July 2007 to June 2008 Lux Biosciences LX211-02-UV Lux Biosciences LX211-03-UV Role of recombinant EGF in the healing of corneal epithelial defects Comparative study of the safety and effectiveness between trabeculectomy with trabeculectomy with OculusGen TM Collagen Matrix Implant Comparative study of the safety and effectiveness between OculusGen TM Collagen Matrix Implant and Mitomycin-C in glaucoma filtering surgery Dr Somasheila Murthy Dr Somasheila Murthy Dr V S Sangwan Dr Anil K Mandal Oculus Gen Dr B L Harsha July 2007 to June 2008 20 . Germany LUX Biosciences Frankfurt.1% diclofenac eye-drops in the prevention of post operative inflammatory manifestations after cataract surgery – Ancillary study: 1 year follow-up of the safety Lux Biosciences LX211-01-UV LUX Biosciences Frankfurt. randomized. Germany LUX Biosciences Frankfurt.Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation Status of Clinical Research Projects Project A prospective.5% for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis in India A natural history study and genetic study of macular telangiectasia – the Mactel study Healthy eye study DME – Macugen A study to evaluate the clinical and mirobial efficacy of 0. open trial on Ioltech SA (a company the anti-inflammatory efficacy of diclofenac of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG) released from an intra ocular lens versus administration of 0.

proliferative markers.Ongoing Basic Research Projects Project Proteome and genetic analysis of agerelated macular degeneration (AMD) patients Characterization of microsporidia causing ocluar infections Stem cell therapy for stroke in rat model Supported by DST – India Japan (JSPS) Collaborative Scheme Department of Biotechnology Department of Biotechnology Principal Investigator Prof D Balasubramanian & Dr Inderjeet Kaur Dr Savitri Sharma & Prof D Balasubramanian Dr Prakash Babu (University of Hyderabad) & Dr Geeta K Vemuganti Prof D Balasubramanian Dr Geeta K Vemuganti Dr V S Sangwan Dr Geeta K Vemuganti Dr Geeta K Vemuganti & Dr Taraprasad Das Dr Geeta K Vemugati Dr Chitra Kannabiran & Dr Santosh G Honavar Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti & Dr Chitra Kannabiran Dr Chitra Kannabiran Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti & Dr Inderjeet Kaur Dr Yashoda Ghanekar Duration 2005-2007 2004-2007 2006-2009 Phenotypic & genotypic characterization of limbal stem cell. Australia Department of Biotechnology 2005-2006 2004-2007 2005-2007 2005-2008 2007-2010 2005-2012 2007-2009 DST – Indo Australian Collaborative Scheme DST – India Japan (JSPS) Collaborative Scheme Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti & Dr Inderjeet Kaur Dr Inderjeet Kaur 2007-2010 2007-2010 Department of Biotechnology Project A: 2007-2012 Dr Geeta K Vemuganti. Dr Yashoda Ghanekar & Dr Anjli Hussain Project D: Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti & Dr Rajul S Parikh Project E: Prof D Balasubramanian & Dr Anil Kumar Mandal Inderjeet Kaur. Dr V S Sangwan. 21 . cultivated limbal epithelial cells and the evaluation of these characteristics after clinical transplantation Centre for cell based therapy Transdifferentiation of bone marrow stem cell into neuronal cells Role of human papilloma virus. and p53 in the genesis & prognosis of ocular surface squamous neoplasia Further molecular genetic studies of some eye diseases affecting the Indian population Molecular studies on hereditary congenital/ juvenile cataracts Genetics of myopia (strategic research) Characterization of cultivated oral mucosal epithelial cells and its application for reconstructing the ocular surface in patients with severe ocular surface disease Establishing a ‘Risk assessment chip’ for the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Genetic evaluation of factor B and complement component C2 in the susceptibility to age-related macular degeneration Programme support on translational research on eye diseases Department of Biotechnology 2006-2009 Department of Biotechnology Department of Biotechnology Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Department of Biotechnology Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Vision CRC. Dr Santosh Honavar & Dr Yashoda Ghanekar Project B: Dr Chitra Kannabiran & Dr Subhadra Jalali Project C: Dr Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti.

Projects for approval
Project
Genetic comparison of primary congenital glaucoma in India and Tunisia Gene therapy with channelopsin gene for patients with retinal dystrophy joint project

Supported by
Department of Science & Technology

Principal Investigator
Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti

Duration
3 years 2 years

DST – Japan Society for LVPEI: Dr T P Das Promotion of Science (JSPS) Dr Chitra Kannabiran Dr Subhadra Jalali Prof D Balasubramanian JSPS: Prof Makato Tamai Prof Hiroshi Tomita Prof Eriko Sugano Indo – Australian Biotechnology Fund

Developing a global blueprint for zero PCG: Towards a complete understanding of the molecular basis of primary congenital glaucoma Micro RNA deregulation in cancer: Role as a biomarker in prognosis and in therapy

LVPEI: Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti 3 years Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata: Prof Partha P Majumder Western Australian Institute of Medical Sciences: Prof Luba Kalaydijeva Sankara Nethralaya: 3 years Dr S Krishna Kumar, Dr J Madhavan, Dr Vikas Khetan Dr Lingam Gopal LVPEI: Dr Geeta K Vemuganti Dr Chitra Kannabiran Dr Santosh G Honavar National Centre for Cell Sciences: Dr Gopal C Kundu Australia: Dr Jagat Rakesh Kanwar Dr Thomas Preiss LVPEI: Dr Yashoda Ghanekar Dr Virender S Sangwan Australia: Dr Mark Daniell Prof Rasik Vajyapee Dr David Steele, Dr Peter Murphy Dr Robert Short, Dr Erik Thompson 3 years

DBT – Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund

An advanced surface for the cell therapy of limbal epithemium for ocular surface disease: Proof of concept and clinical trials

DBT – Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund

Vision CRC: Vision Cooperative Research Centre, Australia DBT: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India CSIR: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

JSPS: Japan Society for Promotion of Science DST: Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

Research scholars at the Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre
Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Afia Sultana, S V V Kalyan Chakravarthi, K Rajeshwari Devi, Sreelatha Komatireddy, Kiran Preet Kaur, Hardeep Pal Singh, P Surya Prakash Goud, Saritha Katta, Vidya Parsam, K Nageswara Rao, B M Sankarathi, C Pulla Rao

Sudhakar & Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory
Anees Fatima, K Purushotham Reddy, Naresh Polisetty, Soundarya Lakshmi Madhira, Murali Mohan Sagar Balla, G Subhash

Biochemistry Laboratory
Talla Venu, Madhavi Latha Chalasani

Jhaveri Microbiology Centre
Joveeta Joseph, Aparna Duggirala

Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
M Guru Prasad

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Operations Research International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care (ICARE)
Project
Capacity building program for the management of diabetic retinopathy in the state of Andhra Pradesh Comprehensive Eye Health program in Prakasam district Diabetes prevention program through Child to Family Communication for change in lifestyle and health promotion in Prakasam district Providing Eyecare through Empowered People (PEEP) Child to Child and Child to Family communication as a strategy to improve awareness and uptake of eye care services Vision Centres for offering primary eye care services in rural Andhra Pradesh Impact Assessment Study after refraction error correction among schoolgoing children Sight for Kids Rapid assessment of cataract surgical services in Service Centre areas Pediatric Ophthalmology Learning and Training Centre (POLTC)

Principal Investigator
Dr Taraprasad Das Dr Annie Mathai ICARE team Ms S Sheeladevi

Funding Agency
Lions Club International Foundation Ravi Brothers, USA World Diabetes Foundation

Duration
August 2005 to July 2008 August 2005 to July 2010 August 2006 to March 2011

Mr Shubhrakanti Bhattacharya Mr D Kiran

ORBIS International, India Vision CRC, Australia

June 2004 to December 2007 April 2006 to December 2008

Mr Kovai Vilas

Lavelle Fund for the Blind, USA, and Latter-day Saint Charities Vision CRC, Australia

July 2003 to December 2008 September 2005 to December 2008 November 2005 to March 2007 At regular intervals

Mr Jachin D Williams

Mr Jachin D Williams Mr M Srinivas

Lions Club International Foundation LVPEI

Dr Ramesh Murthy

ORBIS International, India

October 2006 to March 2010

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relevance to clinical practice. rehabilitation workers and bio-statisticians.The LVPEI Research Team An underlying theme in all research undertaken at LVPEI is relevance. Our team therefore represents a collaborative group of clinicians. 26 . to addressing eye problems of people most in need. as well as support professionals such as social scientists. to local conditions. and applied and basic scientists. Our core team is assisted by a number of doctoral research students and ophthalmology and optometry fellows.

46: 58-65 Balasubramanian D. and Professor and Dean. He is a member of several editorial boards and serves on a range of national and international scientific committees. Prof Balasubramanian’s research focuses on the biology of eye diseases. Srinivasan N. He has participated in several academic and professional meetings. the Third World Academy of Sciences Award for Basic Medical Science. Nagarajaram HA. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005. Balasubramanian D. Ahmed N. and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite from the President of France. Hasnain SE. impact and cost effectiveness of health interventions. Disease-causing mutations in proteins: structural analysis of the CYP1B1 mutations causing primary congenital glaucoma in humans. His main role is to develop and test quantitative and qualitative research tools for data collection. Biophys J 2006. Swarup G. Balasubramanian D.L V Prasad Eye Institute Kallam Anji Reddy Campus. Notable among them are the Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science from UNESCO. Panicker SG. Narayanan C. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Shubhrakanti Bhattacharya completed his Master’s in Anthropology at the University of Kolkata and has since been working in the non-governmental space as a social researcher. which included positions such as Director. Email: shubhra@lvpei. Shamanna BR. He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri in 2002. His current interests include qualitative research in health. Photodynamics of cataract: An update on endogenous chromophores and antioxidants. 81: 498-501 Thiagarajan G. Thomas R. Chakrabarti S. he is President of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Rao GN. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2004. assessment and evaluation of community eye health projects. Gupta V. 48: 1607-14 Talla V. and has received several other awards from professional and institutional bodies. Email: dbala@lvpei.org Some recent representative publications Chalasani ML. Balasubramanian D. MSc Assistant Public Health Specialist. Chalasani M. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007.org 27 . he worked with CARE India as a field officer in the area of HIV/AIDS intervention. Hyderabad D Balasubramanian. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Trieste. Smoking and its association with cataract: Results of the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study from India. 91: 4329-39 Krishnaiah S. Balasubramanian D. PhD Director of Research. Balasubramanian D. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. Peroxynitrite reaction with eye lens proteins: Alpha-crystallin retains its activity despite modification. Photochem Photobiol 2005. outcomes. L V Prasad Eye Institute Professor D Balasubramanian joined LVPEI’s Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre after an illustrious scientific career. Currently. Mutation causing self-aggregation in human gamma C-crystallin leading to congenital cataract. and Secretary General of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He has served as an investigator on several operation research projects and has trained field workers in community eye health. A glaucoma-associated mutant of optineurin selectively induces death of retinal ganglion cells which is inhibited by antioxidants. 47: 5212-7 Achary MS. Agarwal N. Reddy AB. Before joining LVPEI. University of Hyderabad. and program management. Radha V. He has over 160 publications in national and international journals and has authored three books. Lakshmanan J. Italy. Mandal AK. 45: 2115-21 Shubhrakanti Bhattacharya. Vilas K.

Following a long-term cornea fellowship at Aravind Eye Hospital. Mandal AK. Ophthalmic applications of preserved human amniotic membrane: A review of current indications. Tejwani S. Australia. He has published in international journals and obtained extramural research grants from national and international agencies. she underwent subspecialty training in Cornea. J Cataract Refract Surg 2005. Non-contact lens related Acanthamoeba keratitis at a tertiary eye care center in south India: Implications for eye care programs in the region. External Diseases. Myocilin gene implicated in primary congenital glaucoma. Pilani. Parikh RS. Sangwan VS. Hussain N. awarded her the G Venkataswamy Gold Medal in Ophthalmology for standing first in India in the DNB Ophthalmology Examination. George C. University of Hyderabad. Hussain A. 2005). DNB. Email: sanghamitra@lvpei. Associate (Indian Academy of Sciences. His current interest is in understanding the nature-nurture dialectic through genotypephenotype correlations in India and other countries through bilateral and multi-centre collaborations. From 2003 to 2006. Reddy ABM. Pathengay A. Thomas R. 31: 359-62 Srinvasan M. FRCS. Chakrabarti S. Chennai. Chandrasekhar G. Cataract surgery in patients with Mooren’s ulcer. Mukhopadhyay A. 2004). Chakrabarti S. New Delhi. Ray K. 5: 161-75 Sangwan VS. Thomas R. MD. Nirmalan PK. Mandal AK. Mahesh SP. Majumder PP. keratoprosthesis. Kaur K. Panicker SG. PhD Scientist. Parikh R. Mandal AK. 47: 3729-35 Chakrabarti S. Hussain A. Mandal AK. Amniotic membrane transplantation: A review of current indications in the management of ophthalmic disorders. Mutation spectrum of CYP1B1 gene in Indian primary congenital glaucoma patients. she received the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship in phacoemulsification surgery from Sankara Nethralaya. In 2000. J Cataract Refract Surg 2005. He is an examiner for BITS. notable among them being the Clinician-Scientist Award (World Glaucoma Association. Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory Subhabrata Chakrabarti received his PhD from the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar. Devi KR. Cataract and Refractive Surgery at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. Clin Genet 2005: 67: 335-40 Reddy ABM. Burman S. Cell Tissue Bank 2004. CYP1B1 mutations in primary congenital glaucoma are strongly structured by geographic and haplotype backgrounds.org Some recent representative publications Burman S. Nutheti R. He is on the Advisory Board of the World Glaucoma Association. Balasubramanian D. Gopinathan U. 31: 860-2 Sangwan VS. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. and University of Melbourne. 48: 5439-44 Kaur I. 47: 43-7 Kaur K. Kaur K. MNAMS Consultant. UK. Chakrabarti S. New Delhi. 2006) and the Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award (National Academy of Sciences India. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Sanghamitra Burman graduated from JIPMER. She has published widely in peer-reviewed national and international journals. London. Komatireddy S. Glaucoma-associated CYP1B1 mutations share similar haplotype backgrounds in POAG and PACG phenotypes. Surender P. Burman S. 9: CR125-9 Sangwan VS. corneal transplantation. Mol Vis 2004: 10: 696-702 28 . the National Board of Examinations. 2007). TLR4 and APOE polymorphisms in India suggests the Tyr402His variant of CFH to be a global marker for age-related macular degeneration. Hasnain SE. Balasubramanian D. She has been involved in training and teaching corneal surgery. Email: subho@lvpei. and Editorial Board Member and reviewer for various international journals and funding agencies. Murthy R. Her areas of specialization include ocular surface reconstruction. infections. Globally. He has received several prestigious awards. Analysis of CFH. Med Sci Monit 2003. Das T. Thomas R. Pondicherry.org Some recent representative publications Chakrabarti S. Burman S. Tejwani S. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007. and completed her residency training in ophthalmology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Kaur K. Kaur I.Sanghamitra Burman. INSA Medal for Young Scientist (Indian National Science Academy. scleral contact lenses and refractive surgery. Nirmalan PK. Mathai A. 55: 251-60 Subhabrata Chakrabarti. Cataract surgery in Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. Madurai. Medical Research Foundation. Hasnain SE. Burman S. Vemuganti GK. Thomas R. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006.

J Cataract Refract Surg 2003. Nutheti R. Rao GN. Tamil Nadu. 22:405-8 Garg P. In 2004. 133:291-2 Garg P.Ed. Rao GN. Mahesh S. AM J Ophthalmol 2002. Rajasthan. Eye. and eye banking procedures. 110:2173-7 Basti S. Garg P. Education & Dr G Chandra Sekhar Distinguished Chair of Education Consultant. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Medical Director. Pigmented plaque presentation of dematiaceous fungal keratitis: a clinicopathologic correlation. Email: beula@lvpei. Ramayamma International Eye Bank Prashant Garg completed his basic medical education in 1987 and specialization in ophthalmology from RNT Medical College Udaipur. She also has a B. He has been principal investigator for several clinical trials and is a reviewer for several ophthalmology journals. Comparison of Outcomes following Dehiscence of the Posterior Capsule During Phacoemulsfication. in 1992.org Some recent representative publications Garg P.Beula Christy. Reddy MK.org Prashant Garg. Rao GN. Gopinathan U. PGDGC Associate Rehabilitation Specialist Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of Blind & Visually Impaired Beula Christy holds a post-graduate degree in Rehabilitation Science from Holy Cross College in Tiruchirapalli. He joined as faculty of the Institute in 1997 and since then has progressed steadily in his clinical and research career. Ophthalmology 2003. His specialization is infectious diseases of the cornea and anterior segment. Cornea 2004. Email: prashant@lvpei. 29:532-6 Garg P. Her professional interests lie in the area of early intervention. and a post-graduate diploma in Guidance and Counseling from Annamalai University. and has presented in various forums across the world. particularly in dealing with children with vision impairment and multiple disabilities. MRSc. Chaterjee S. Tamil Nadu. Clinical Experience with N-butyl cyanoacrylate Tissue Adhesive in fungal keratitis. such as Cornea. Vemuganti GK. Ophthalmology. Sharma S. Corneal Biopsy in the Management of Progressive Microbial Keratitis (Letter). he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award. 23:571-6 29 . Gopinathan U. Cornea 2003. Gopinathan U. MS Director. Fungal Infections of Sutureless Self-Sealing Incision for Cataract Surgery. Bansal AK. in special education and has attended several training programs in early intervention with a focus on visual impairment. He served as ophthalmologist in two private sector hospitals for three years before joining LVPEI’s Cornea and Anterior Segment fellowship in 1996. Current Eye Research and British Journal of Ophthalmology. He has over 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit.

Australia. Garg P. The future applications and indications of Anti-VEGF in ophthalmic practice. Willcox M. She has published widely in national and international journals. 21:555-9 Stretton S. Gopinathan U. Cornea 2002. A ten-year review at a referral eye care center in south India. Exp Eye Res 2001. she worked at the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology in Bangalore and at Christian Medical College. and continues to be a key resource person for eye banking. where she worked on the organization of the Golgi complex. has been working on ocular surface reconstruction in patients with ocular surface disorders. Willcox MD. Visweswariah SS. Chandrashaker A. PhD Associate Executive Director. Sharma S. Rao GN. Tatu U. Chandrashaker A. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. Before joining LVPEI’s Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre in 1992. Hussain N. eye banking. Rao GN. Ramakrishna T. nationally. Review Usha Gopinathan. Eur J Biochem 2003. Hughes TE. Signaling for secretion. Balasubramanian D. 86:755-60 30 . Glycosylation of the receptor guanylyl cyclase C: Role in ligand binding and catalytic activity. Ghanekar Y. Nat Cell Biol 2005. 72: 433-42 Gopinathan U. hospital infection control and quality assurance. Epidemiological features and laboratory results of fungal keratitis. Visweswariah SS. has served as principal investigator on a variety of funded research projects. Jhaveri Microbiology Centre Technical & Scientific Director. Kulkarni A. Gopinathan U. Before joining L V Prasad Eye Institute. Sangwan V. 270: 3848-57 Ghanekar Y. She has spearheaded the training program in eye banking at LVPEI in collaboration with ORBIS International.org Some recent representative publications Gopinathan U. Her current areas of interest are ocular infections. Email: yashoda@lvpei. Cellular refractoriness to the heat-stable enterotoxin peptide is associated with alterations in levels of the differentially glycosylated forms of guanylyl cyclase C. Paediatr Drugs 2002. Bangalore in the area of signal transduction and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Manchester. 55: 445-50. Rao CM. Polymerase chain reaction based detection of fungi in infected corneas. 379: 653-63 Ghanekar Y. Biochem J 2004. Ramayamma International Eye Bank Usha Gopinathan received her PhD in medical microbiology from the University of New South Wales. PhD Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory Yashoda Ghanekar joined L V Prasad Eye Institute in June 2006 and. Sydney. Vellore. Athmanathan S. 4: 95-110 Gaudio PA. L V Prasad Eye Institute Head. clinical and histologic evaluation of corneal tissues in experimental fungal keratitis in rabbits. Vemganti GK. Br J Ophthalmol 2002. UK. Fernandes M. Enzymatic.org Some recent representative publications Ghanekar Y. she did her doctoral work at the Indian Institute of Science. 7: 851-3 Kaur I. Lowe M. Email: usha@lvpei. She is also looking at the functional significance of some of the mutations observed in genetic disorders of the eye. since then.Yashoda Ghanekar. Corneal ulceration in pediatric patients: A brief review of progress in topical treatment.

Gothwal VK.org. Gilbert CE. Sclerochoroidal calcification: clinical manifestations and systemic associations. Foster A. Demirci H. and has submitted her PhD thesis to QUT. Meadows AT.Vijaya K Gothwal. Lovie-Kitchin JE. Shields CL. Vijayalakshmi P. 44: 4131-9 Gothwal VK. ophthalmic plastic surgery and orbital diseases. Her research interests lie in pediatric low vision and qualitative studies in low vision. The development of the L V Prasad Functional Vision Questionnaire: A measure of functional vision performance of visually impaired children. J Ophthalmic and Physiol Optics 2000. His research interests lie in tumours of the ocular surface. Demirci H. Shields CL. New Delhi. John RK. in ocular oncology. Naduvilath TJ. Characteristics of paediatric low vision population. 45: 3442-5 Gothwal VK. She did her Master’s in Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2004. Journal Ophthalmol 2000. Chennai. Eye 2000. ptosis and pediatric lacrimal disorders. 20: 212-9 Hornby SJ. Baskaran S. Naduvilath TJ. Shields CL. 48:195-200 Hornby SJ. 120:923-31 Shields CL. Florida. MD. 119:833-40 Honavar SG. 14: 219-24 Santosh Honavar. Ophthalmol Clin North Am 2005. He completed a second fellowship. Meadows AT. Evaluation of children in 6 blind schools of Andhra Pradesh. Demirci H. Chemoreduction for unilateral retinoblastoma. Dandona L. Adolph S.org Some recent representative publications Honavar SG. Gothwal VK. The impact of visual impairment on functional vision of children in rural south India: The Kariapatti Pediatric Eye Evaluation Project. Brisbane. Singh AD. (QUT) Head. She was awarded the prestigious Constance W Atwell award for Excellence in Low Vision Research in 2002 by the Low Vision Research Group Committee at Ford Lauderdale. Orbit and Ocular Oncology Services Santosh Honavar completed his basic medical education at Bangalore Medical College. Adolph S. FACS Associate Director. Arch Ophthalmol 2001. 18(1):65-73 31 . Shields JA. Rishita N. His clinical interests include ocular and adnexal tumours. Email: oculoplasty@lvpei. Bangalore. L V Prasad Eye Institute Head. USA. Ind. Shields JA. Arch Ophthalmol 2002. Requirement for optical services in children with microphthalmos. Management of advanced retinoblastoma. and by several other professional organisations. She specializes in clinical low vision rehabilitation and works with both adults and children with visual impairment. at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Cater J. Australia. Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Foster A. He has published and presented widely. and his post-graduate training at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences. Demirci H. Shields JA.org Some recent representative publications Nirmalan PK. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2003. Intraocular surgery after treatment of retinoblastoma. coloboma and microcornea in southern India. retinoblastoma. Rahmathullah L. Herse P. MAppsc. Gothwal VK. Postenucleation adjuvant therapy in high-risk retinoblastoma. 119:1613-21 Honavar SG. eyelid and orbit. Honavar SG. Arch Ophthalmol 2001. Meera and LB Deshpande Centre for Sight Enhancement Vijaya Kumari Gothwal completed her Bachelor’s degree in Optometry from the Elite School of Optometry [affiliated to the Birla Institute for Technology and Science (BITS). Shields JA. oncology@lvpei. for excellence in research and clinical practice. Gilbert CE. Pilani]. Singh AD. 120:1653-8 Honavar SG. Arch Ophthalmol 2002. Dandona L. Santosh Honavar has been recognised by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. particularly in pediatric patients. E-mail: colonel@lvpei.

Anand R. Kismatpur Campus Director. Hejtmancik JF. in both national and international fora. Maryland. Currently. Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry Director.Subhadra Jalali. MS Head. MSW Project Coordinator. USA. Anand R. Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre Subhadra Jalali completed her basic medical education at Jammu University and received her postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the Post-Graduate Institute for Medical -Education and Research (PGIMER). Bethesda. Kumar H. Madavi C. E-mail: coendejong@lvpei. Chandigarh. She has been closely involved in the retinopathy of prematurity program and networks with neonatal centres in the city for screening newborns and initiating early intervention efforts. visual electrophysiology and endophthalmitis. Education Development After spending many years in The Netherlands and in international bodies successfully planning and implementing rehabilitation programs for those with visual and other disabilities. Am J Ophthalmol 2006. Parra SL. Jalali S. especially in pediatric cases. Matalia J. Before joining LVPEI. Hussain A. Homozygous null mutations in the ABCA4 gene in two families with autosomal recessive retinal dystrophy.org Some recent representative publications Jalali S. 51: 89-99 Jalali S. Kannabiran C. She also underwent fellowship training under Dr Kaiser Kupfer at the National Eye Institute. She was field investigator for the collaborative study conducted in Andhra Pradesh by LVPEI and Sight Savers International 'Impact of cataract surgery on quality of life'. she is Project Coordinator for the 'Impact of refractive error correction on activity based performance and other vision based functions of children aged 10 to 15 years' research study. 142: 181-3 Singh H P. E-mail: subhadra@lvpei.org Korani Jyothi. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Korani Jyothi completed her Masters in Social Work from Osmania University. as State Resource Person in Catholic Health Association of India's (CHAI) HIV/AIDS Education Program and as translator in the Technical Resource Unit organization for evaluating the NGOs of Andhra Pradesh. Am J Ophthalmol 2006. Email: jyothi@lvpei. 142: 608-19 Jalali S. She has over 65 publications and 250 presentations. Her research interests include qualitative research projects and human resource development. Program planning and screening strategy in Retinopathy of Prematurity. Ultrasonographic and treatment outcomes of surgery for vitreous haemorrhage in Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. 141: 966-8 Jalali S. ocular trauma. Dogra MR. PhD Principal. 141: 906-13 Prof Coen de Jong. Pilot study on in-vivo evaluation of retinal vascular maturity in newborns in the context of Retinopathy of Prematurity. and later with Dr Michael Trese at the William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. Ind J Ophthalmol 2003. Am J Ophthalmol 2006. Australia. Azad RV. Hyderabad. She joined LVPEI’s retina services in 1994 after completing a three-year fellowship at the Institute. Majji AB. being conducted in collaboration with Vision CRC. she had worked in the Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihood Program as a Social Investigator. Reddy GP.org 32 . Smt. She is also involved in the 'Sight for Kids' project for training schoolteachers and grassroot level workers. Hussain N. Modification of screening criteria for India and other middle-income group countries. Nutheti R. Shah V. She pioneered a hands-on one-month fellowship ROP training program to train manpower in this critical field and helped set up ROP screening and treatment centres in cities across India and Asia. Gopal L. Her fields of interest include advanced vitreoretinal surgery. Am J Ophthalmol 2006. in 2002 Prof Coen de Jong accepted Dr Gullapalli N Rao’s invitation to use his experience to contribute to the growth of LVPEI into new areas of education and to strengthen existing programs.

Sridhar MS. She served as a lecturer at GNDU before joining LVPEI to continue research on molecular genetics. Pathengay A. Ramamurthy B. Ghanekar Y. and served as a post-doctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. J Med Genet 2007. Mutation of the gap junction protein alpha 8 (GJA8) gene causes autosomal recessive cataract. Hejtmancik JF. with a focus on the genetics of eye disease. Specific areas of research include molecular genetic aspects of retinoblastoma. 22: 339 Inderjeet Kaur. Nutheti R. Chang B. Am J Hum Genet 2006. Majumder PP. before doing her doctoral studies in molecular human genetics at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in Amritsar. Mandal AK. USA. Bhanwer AJS. Roy S. Singh JR. Her research on AMD and myopia has been hailed widely as pioneering work in the field from India.org Some recent representative publications Ponnam SPG. including the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institutes of Health.Chitra Kannabiran. Kannabiran C. Chakrabarti S. Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory Chitra Kannabiran leads the molecular genetics research at LVPEI. TLR4 and APOE polymorphisms in India suggests the Tyr402His variant of CFH to be a global marker for age-related macular degeneration. PhD Scientist. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed international journals and she has generated funds through extramural research grants from government funding agencies. corneal dystrophies. Vemuganti GK. Jalali S. Kannabiran C. Globally. She has published widely in national and international journals. J Med Genet 2007. Her main thrust is on understanding the molecular mechanisms in complex eye diseases. Hum Biol 2002. Kalyan Chakravarthi SV. The future implications and indications of antiVEGF therapy in ophthalmic practice. 2005). Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. 74: 819-36 33 . PhD Scientist. Autosomal recessive corneal endothelial dystrophy (CHED2) is associated with mutations in SLC4A11. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005. Genomic diversities and affinities among four endogamous groups of Punjab (India) using insertion/deletion and mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms. Garg P. Kannabiran C. Vemuganti GK. Hussain A. She received her PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. she was a visiting fellow at the National Eye Institute. Ramamurthy B. Premature truncation of a novel protein. She received the Young Investigator (Merit) Award (Basic Sciences) from the Association on Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) at the SERI-ARVO 2007 meeting. Chakarova C. Email: chitra@lvpei. Sarhadi VK. Human Mutat 2003. 4: 121-5 Kiran VS. such as the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology. congenital cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa. Gangopadhyay N. Majumder PP. 79: 1059-70 Jiao X. Ramesh K. 47: 3729-35 Chakrabarti S. 55:445-50. Kaur K. Das TP. Hussain A. National Institutes of Health. Chakrabarti S. Review Kaur I. Nirmalan PK. Her work is funded by several national and international competitive grants. RD3. Hyderabad. Email: inderjeet@lvpei. 44: e85 Friedman JS. 44: 64-8 Kalyan Chakravarthi SV. 47: 43-7 Kaur I. and the Amjad Rahi Prize (Indian Eye Research Group. Singh HP. Sultana A. Mutational screening of the RB1 gene in Indian patients with retinoblastoma reveals 8 novel and several recurrent mutations. myopia and glaucoma. Tejwani S. Honavar SG. Mathai A. USA. Kallam Anji Reddy Molecular Genetics Laboratory Inderjeet Kaur obtained her Master’s in forensic science from Punjabi University. Hussain N. Analysis of CFH. Kannabiran C. Vemuganti GK. Thomas R. USA. Her current area of interest is ophthalmic molecular genetics. Kaur I. et al. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. New York. CYP1B1 mutations in primary congenital glaucoma are strongly structured by geographic and haplotype backgrounds. Kannabiran C. Kaur I. exhibiting sub-nuclear localization is associated with retinal degeneration. Parikh R. and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. age-related macular degeneration (AMD). After joining LVPEI. Singapore. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. which looks into the genetic basis of eye disease. TGFBI Gene mutations causing lattice and granular corneal dystrophies in Indian patients. focusing on identification of genes responsible for eye diseases.org Some recent representative publications Hussain N.

His clinical interest lies in glaucoma. Rao GN. 54: 247-50 Hussain N. Mohan Ram LS. Khanna R. with a focus on community ophthalmology. 143: 1038-40 Murthy SI. Mohan Ram LS. New Delhi. His clinical interests include strabismus. JayPee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. J Med Genet 2007. and specialized in ophthalmology from Government Medical College. Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre Ramesh Kekunnaya received his basic medical training from Karnataka Medical College. India. He is responsible for the clinical and outreach aspects of LVPEI’s community eye health program. pediatric ophthalmology. Khanna R. Moreker MR. Hussain A. Tejwani S. Mysore.org Some recent representative publications Ponnam SPG. Email: rohit@lvpei. Indian J Ophthalmol 2006. Sumasri K. He went on to do his master’s in community eye health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Khanna R. Jpn J Ophthalmol 2006. Tejwani S. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Rohit Khanna received his basic medical education in Nagpur. and neuro-ophthalmological disorders.org Some recent representative publications Khanna R. Khanna RC. Blindness and poverty in India: the way forward. 27: 131-6 Hussain N. In Das T and Rani A (eds. Das T. Das T. Verteporfin therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in Indian eyes. Email: rameshak@lvpei. Mutation of the gap junction protein alpha 8 (GJA8) gene causes autosomal recessive cataract. Clin Exp Optom 2007. before joining as consultant in the Children’s Eye Care Centre. Combination therapy of intravitreal triamcinolone and photodynamic therapy with verteporfin for subfoveal choroidal neovascularization. Ramesha K. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2006. Int Ophthalmol 2007. and training for manual small-incision cataract surgery. 44: e85 Rao BV. He is actively involved in teaching and research activities in the pediatric ophthalmology services. MSc (CEH) Consultant. Raman U. DOMS. after which he completed a fellowship in comprehensive ophthalmology at LVPEI. Das T. 2006: 31-41 Rohit Khanna. Kannabiran C. Hussain A. Measurement of greatest linear diameter for choroidal neovascular membrane using optical coherence tomography. Transpupillary thermotherapy for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy. 244: 1045-51 34 . MBBS. Rawal H. Khanna R. 90: 6: 406-14 Hussain N.) Diabetic Eye Diseases. Ocular motor nerve problems in diabetes. Karnataka. He completed a fellowship in comprehensive ophthalmology at L V Prasad Eye Institute. He has presented at various international and national meetings. Kallukuri SB. 50: 524-8 Hussain N. Hubli. Mathur A. Ramesh K. Ramamurthy B. The spectrum of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in South India. FRCS Consultant. Am J Ophthalmol 2007.Ramesh Kekunnaya. Sangwan VS.

20: 1314-5 Garg P. Murthy SI. Rao GN. 19: 1106-14 35 . India’. monitoring and implementing community based health projects. Bangalore. Eye 2006. P K Vaddavalli. Microsporidial keratitis in India: 16S rRNA gene-based PCR assay for diagnosis and species identification of microsporidia in clinical samples. USA. Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre Pravin V Krishna completed his basic medical education at Bangalore Medical College. Sharma S. Thomas R. Microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis in a corneal graft. Balasubramanian D. and his internship at Victoria Hospitals. Sharma S. he came to LVPEI in 2003 for a fellowship and. He received the Young Investigator Award for outstanding research in clinical ophthalmology for 2005 at the second Singapore Eye Research Institute – Association for Research in Vision Ophthalmology (SERI – ARVO) meeting in Singapore. Majji AB.org Pravin V Krishna. Gopinathan U. Garg P. He has wide experience in conducting qualitative research and operational research projects. The value of corneal transplantation in reducing corneal blindness. contact lenses. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Confocal microscopy for Nocardia keratitis. He received the ‘Best Paper in Cornea’ award at the All India Ophthalmological Society annual meeting in 2006. subsequently joined the Institute. Email: pravin@lvpei. Email: kiran@lvpei. Cornea & Anterior Segment Services Consultant. Vaddavalli PK. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. He did an Eye Care Program Management Course at LVPEI. He was involved in developing the Indian Visual Function Assessment Questionnaire. supported by the National Eye Institute. MS Consultant. He is Principal Investigator for the study ‘CHILD to child and CHILD to Family Communication as a strategy to improve awareness and uptake of eye care services’ and was co-investigator for the study ‘Impact of cataract surgery on quality of life in Andhra Pradesh. Stratis AK. Eye 2005. pediatric cornea and corneal diagnostics. Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery Services Consultant.D Kiran. 47: 4468-73 Vaddavalli PK. His areas of interest include corneal surgery. cataract and refractive surgery. Krishna PV. Garg P. Review. He serves as faculty for training programs and has published papers and presented posters at international and national forums. He is reviewer for Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Research. S Sharma. PGDPM Research Investigator. Eye 2006. MA. Ophthalmology. Kenneth J. Joveeta J. 113: 1645-50 Sridhar MS. and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. Severe inflammation following iris fixated anterior chamber phakic intraocular lens for myopia. Archives of Ophthalmology. along with planning.org Some recent representative publications Joseph J. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care D Kiran holds a postgraduate degree in Public and Personnel Management from Osmania University and a postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Project Management from the University of Hyderabad. After an MS in ophthalmology from Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh. 20: 1094-5 Ritesh K. Ophthalmology 2006. He has devised innovative modifications in deep lamellar and penetrating keratoplasty and is involved in research projects in contact lens and refractive surgery. Nutheti R. Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital. Vaddavalli PK.

Mumbai.org Some recent representative publications Krishnaiah S. Age-related retinal pigment epithelium and Bruch’s membrane degeneration in senescence accelerated mouse. Das TP. Smoking and its association with cataract: Results of the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study from India. 113: 1159-64 Krishnaiah S. von Hippel angioma in South Indian subjects – a clinical study. 1: 1-8 Krishnaiah S. Thomas R. followed by a second master’s program in population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS). Aggarwal S. Nirmalan PK. Government of India. D’Anna S. Visakhapatnam. Clinical Ophthalmology 2007. he worked as Research Officer at IIPS on an international project on reproductive and child health. His interests are in teaching and research in blindness prevention. Rao GN. MD. Vilas K. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005. A population-based assessment of presbyopia in the state of Andhra Pradesh. 40: 2073-81 36 . Rao GN. Thomas R. after completing his basic medical education at Andhra Medical College. He has authored more than 12 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and books. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005. Invest Ophthal Vis Sci 1999. and retinal prostheses. Majji AB. 142: 608-19 Raju B. Rao GN. Ocular trauma in a rural population of southern India: the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. E-mail: ajit@lvpei. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care S Krishnaiah received his master’s degree in statistics from Nagarjuna University in Guntur. Before joining LVPEI. deJuan E Jr. Shamanna BR. 47: 2324-8 Ajit B Majji. Nutheti R. Shah VA. Pseudoexfoliation in southern India: the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. Das T. Srinivas M. 23: 670-4 Majji AB. 238: 779-91 Majji AB. Retinal pigment epithelial autotransplantation: Morphological changes in retina and choroid. Balasubramanian D. MSc. His special areas of interest include retinal vasculopathies. Chang KY. MPS Ophthalmic epidemiologist. Grebe RR. Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre Ajit Babu Majji received his postgraduate training from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Jalali S. Jalali S. Krishnaiah S. Humayun MS. South India: The Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. 46: 58-65 Thomas R. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. Singh S. agerelated macular degeneration. Nirmalan PK. Smt. de Juan E Jr. Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy: Findings from the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. Cao J. A comparative study of epiretinal membranes associated with Eales’ disease: A clinicopathologic evaluation.org Some recent representative publications Majji AB. Email: krishnaiah@lvpei. Invest Ophthal Vis Sci 2000. Andhra Pradesh. USA. Shamanna BR. Ophthalmology 2006. Vemuganti GK. He followed it up with a fellowship in retina at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Eye 2006. for which he received a Government of India Fellowship. DNB Consultant. 41: 3936-42 Majji AB. Krishnaiah S. Weiland JD. Baltimore. which was jointly funded by the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. de Juan E Jr. Nirmalan PK. Rao GN. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2000. He has published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Suzuki S. Long-term histological and electrophysiological results of an inactive epiretinal electrode array implantation in dogs. Hayashi A. Retina 2003. and has made presentations at more than 150 national and international conferences. Shamanna BR. 46: 1170-6 Nirmalan PK.S Krishnaiah. New Delhi. Thomas R. Shamanna BR. Thomas R.

Mansoori T. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2006. Email: anniemathai@lvpei. VST Centre for Glaucoma Care Anil Kumar Mandal is a glaucoma specialist with particular interest and expertise in developmental glaucoma. Gothwal VK. diabetic retinopathy and uveitis. 50: 85-101 37 . Pathengay A. Eye 2007. Outcome of surgery on infants younger than one month of age with congenital glaucoma. Nutheti R. 45: 1149-56 Mandal AK. Rao GN. Hasnain SE. Muliyil JP. Correlations of genotype with phenotype in Indian patients with primary congenital glaucoma. Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre Consultant. Nutheti R. before joining the Retina Vitreous Services at LVPEI. and completed fellowships in glaucoma and emergency ophthalmology at AIIMS. Lall A. and completed a fellowship in medical and surgical retina at the Sydney Eye Hospital in Australia. Her areas of interest are vitreoretinal diseases. Present status of eye care in India. Bagga H. Acute postoperative multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis treated with intravitreal Piperacillin/Tazobactam. Gothwal VK. Ophthalmology 1998. Ophthalmology 2004. 21: 764-74 Annie Mathai. He was a visiting research fellow at the Kellogg Eye Care Center and the Doheny Eye Institute in the United States. Pathengay A. Gothwal VK. Jayagandan A.Anil Kumar Mandal. Long-term surgical and visual outcomes in children with developmental glaucoma operated within 6 months of birth. 9 Thomas R. which earned him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for excellence in science from the Government of India in 2003. Mandal AK. Ophthalmology 2003. Smt Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre Annie Mathai received her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training at Christian Medical College (CMC). Surgical outcome of primary developmental glaucoma: a single surgeon’s long-term experience from a tertiary eye care centre in India. Sangwan VS. Invest Ophthalmol & Visual Sci 2004. Mathai A. New Delhi.org Some recent representative publications Mandal AK. 110: 1909-15 Mandal AK. Nutheti R. Bhatia PG. He has won several national and international awards and has published widely in premier medical journals worldwide. Paul P. Vellore. Dip NB. he was the first ophthalmologist to receive this award.org Some recent representative publications Mathai A. Surgical results of combined trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy for developmental glaucoma. Jain R. Vellore. She spent several years on the retina faculty at CMC. FRCS Consultant. 105: 974-82 Mandal AK. His current research focuses on the clinical and genetic aspects of glaucoma in adults and children. MS. Survey Ophthalmol 2005. She has co-authored 13 papers published in national and international journals. Bhaskar A. Email: mandal@lvpei. Reddy ABM. Naduvilath TJ. 34: 280-2 Mathai A. MD Head. Asian J Ophthalmol 2007. Systemic non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma masquerading as Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in an HIVpositive patient. Dr Mandal was trained at the University of Calcutta and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). 111: 283-90 Panicker SG.

21: 307-9 Murthy R. he did fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and specialized further in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Refractive error in children in a rural population in India. British Council for Prevention of Blindness (Boulter Award) and LVPEI.UK). Email: rameshmurthy@lvpei. 140: 561-3 38 . Email: srioptom@lvpei. Systemic metastasis following hyphema drainage in an unsuspected retinoblastoma. Pune. Srinivas M.org Some recent representative publications Dandona R.2000) and for the National Eye Institute/World Health Organization supported Refractive Error Study in Children (2000). with support from Vision CRC. Pokharel GP. 42: 908-16 Srinivas M. MSc Scientist. Dandona L. Rao GN. He received the Major General P P Choudhary medal and trophy for standing first in college in Preventive and Social Medicine in 1996. University of London. Honavar SG. Naik MN. Burman S. prevention of visual impairment in children and training personnel for community eye care. Am J Ophthalmol 2005. Srinivas M. squint and ophthalmic plastic surgery and ocular oncology. Does Botulinum toxin have a role in the treatment of Oscillopsia? Neuro-Ophthalmology 2007. Prasad MN. Population-based assessment of refractive error in India: The Andhra Pradesh eye disease study. orbit and ocular oncology from LVPEI in 2003. Blindness in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vemuganti GK. He was Chief Optometrist for the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS. MD FRCS Consultant. Ellwein LB. 139: 207-9 Murthy R. His areas of specialization include pediatric eye diseases. Reddy VP. He completed his Master's in Community Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. University of New South Wales. Murthy R. John RK. Giridhar P. Sahare P. Subsequently. with a joint sponsorship from the Department For International Development (DFID . Indian supplement Ramesh Murthy. 30: 84-93 Dandona R. Lee J. He has participated as faculty in many workshops in India and abroad. Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Consultant. McCarty CA. Parthasaradhi A. Honavar SG. McCarty CA. Sydney. Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Ocular surface squamous neoplasia in Papillon Lefevre syndrome. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2007. Dandona R. Burman SG. He has published widely in peer-reviewed international and national journals and written chapters in textbooks. Dandona L. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2005. 44: 120-3 Dawson ELM. Honavar SG. 20 (63): 95-97. Currently he is doing a PhD on development of 'Rapid Assessment Methodology for Detection of Refractive Errors (RARE)' from the School of Optometry & Vision Science. Naik M. Srinivas M.Srinivas Marmamula. Keeffe J. Rao GN. J Comm Eye Health. 43: 615-22 Dandona L. Burman S. Naik MN. and his postgraduation in ophthalmology from Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute in Madurai. Vemuganti GK. Honavar SG. Orbit and Ocular Oncology Services Ramesh Murthy completed his basic medical education from Armed Forces Medical College.org Some recent representative publications Murthy R. Australia. Polycystic echinococcosis of the orbit. Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry Srinivas Marmamula completed his Master's in sociology. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Faculty. Giridhar P. Rao GN: Rapid assessment methods in eye care and their use in assessing refractive errors. Munoz SR. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2002. Reddy VA. after a diploma in ophthalmic techniques and a post-diploma fellowship in optometry from L V Prasad Eye Institute. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2001. Vilas K. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2002. 1996 . 31: 73-8 Murthy R. He has presented at various national and international conferences and is actively involved in clinical research into pediatric orbital diseases and squint. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the management of sebaceous gland carcinoma of the eyelid with regional lymph node metastasis. His areas of interest include refractive errors. Vemuganti GK. He did a fellowship in oculoplasty. Khanna R. Australia. Am J Ophthalmol 2005. Narsaiah S. Naik M. MA. Vemuganti GK.

Indian J Ophthalmol 2005. 8: 115-1173 Spectrum of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in southern India. Email: smurthy@lvpei. Effectiveness of the gold weight trial procedure in predicting the ideal weight for lid loading in facial palsy: a prospective study. Murthy R. 52: 59-60 Outcome of cataract surgery in Fuch’s heterochromic cyclitis. Thomas R. Int Ophthalmol 2007. Sangwan VS. Am J Ophthalmol 2007. [Epub ahead of print] Naik MN. J Cataract Refract Surg 2006. 20: 455-7 Bilateral senile scleral plaques mimicking post-inflammatory scleral ectasia. Botulinum toxin in ophthalmic plastic surgery. Murthy SI. Los Angeles. Honavar SG. 23: 307-11 Naik MN. Email: milind@lvpei. Murthy SI. California. Fernandes M. Murthy SI. He did a fellowship in ophthalmic and orbito-facial plastic surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. Gangopadhyay N.Somasheila Murthy. she is an investigator in 13 research projects. Vellore. Linberg JV. thyroid eye disease. Murthy SI. Ethanolamine oleate sclerotherapy versus simple cyst aspiration in the management of orbitopalpebral cyst associated with congenital microphthalmos. She served as a fellow in the cornea services at LVPEI before joining as faculty. Bansal AK. His areas of interest include aesthetic and facial plastic surgery. Anterior chemodenervation of levator palpebrae superioris with botulinum toxin type-A (Botox) to induce temporary ptosis for corneal protection. Eye 2007. Morekar M. followed by a clinical fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Ophthalmology 2007. Tejwani S. Indian J Opthalmol 2004. 27: 131-6 Milind N Naik. 114: 1564-8 Aggarwal E. Murthy RK. Honavar SG. She has made over 50 presentations at national and international fora and has authored and coauthored several peer-reviewed publications. MD Consultant. Congenital horizontal tarsal kink: A single-center experience with 6 cases. Sangwan VS. Orbit and Ocular Oncology at LVPEI. 32: 1678-82 Corneal endothelial cell loss following chemical injury. Los Angeles. Bhaduri A. Sridhar MS. Aesthetic and Facial Plastic Surgery Milind Naik completed his post-graduate training at Christian Medical College. Murthy SI. Honavar SG. Soparkar CN. Sangwan VS. Honavar SG. MS Consultant. Murthy R. Cornea 2001. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2007. Currently. Rao GN. Khanna RC. She has done a fellowship in uveitis and ocular pathology from the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California. University of California.org Some recent representative publications Naik MN. Mumbai. Raizada K. USA. Tejwani S. Asian J Ophthalmol 2006. Naik MN.org Some recent representative publications Ipsilateral rotational autokeratoplasty: An alternative to penetrating keratoplasty in non-progressive central corneal scars. 143: 1009-12 Naik MN. and minimally invasive ophthalmic plastic surgery. Her areas of interest are uveitis. Honavar SG. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Somasheila Murthy completed her basic medical education at BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai and specialized in ophthalmology at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. Sangwan VS. 53: 279-88 39 . ocular pathology and clinical research.

Kirkpatrick P. Ophthalmology 2002. JK Mungcal. Ranibizumab. 109: 1871-8 Dandona R. with projects like the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (1996-2000) and Refractive Error Study in Children. MS Consultant. the Centre for Public Policy Studies and the Centre for Social Science Research on Leprosy. Butani V. 47: 722-8 Giridhar Pyda. followed by a Master of Surgery in ophthalmology from Guru Nanak Eye Center. Rao GN. Dandona L. Vilas K. Kim DS. Medical Research Foundation. Giridhar P. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sic 2006. He underwent a preceptorship in uveitis. Population-based study of spectacles use in southern India. GN Holland. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Giridhar Pyda received his M Phil and doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Jabalpur. 50: 239-46 Dandona R. DS Boyer. Dandona L. Giridhar P. Ind J Ophthalmol 2002. and has been associated with L V Prasad Eye Institute since 1996. Nat Rev Drug Discov. Ind J Ophthalmol 2002. His main interest is in qualitative research including planning. Retina. California. Nutheti R. McCarty CA. Boyer DS. A Charonis. RE Engstrom. MC Kenney. BD Kuppermann. He worked with two research organizations. Atilano SR. AD Kulkarni. 2006. Complement factor H polymorphism in age-related macular degeneration. Chennai. Dandona L. USA. Harvard Medical School. Srinivas M. It is not compassionate to use a drug before the risks and benefits are known from phase III clinical trials. Prasad MN. Ophthalmology 2006. Boston. USA. He was a Fellow in Medical Retina. Toxicity of Triamcinolone Acetonide on retinal neurosensory (R28) and pigment epithelial cells (ARPE-19). Moderate visual impairment in India: The Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. Long-term outcomes associated with Ganciclovir implants in patients with AIDS-related Cytomegalovirus retinitis. Fear of blindness and perception about blind people: The Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. BD Kuppermann. Ophthalmology 2007. Jones C. He received the International Ophthalmologist Education Award at the 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting at New Orleans. Prasad MN. He was also Visiting Faculty at the University of California and Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Khatibi N. Chakrabarti S. Arch Ophthalmol 2006. 50: 145-55 40 . Actively involved in community eye care activities he is currently coordinating the Pediatric Ophthalmology Learning & Training Centre (POLTC) project. monitoring and implementing community-based eye health projects on prevention of avoidable blindness. Rao GN. Giridhar P. ocular immunology and uveitis service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Planning low vision services in India: A population-based perspective. Archives of Ophthalmology. and Clinical and Research Fellow in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases.e1-8 R Narayanan. European Journal of Ophthalmology and Current Eye Research.org Some recent representative publications Giridhar P. 5: 815-6 Narayanan R. 86: 373-7 Dandona R. Population-based assessment of refractive error in India. 30: 84-93 Dandona R. Vilas K. Kuppermann BD. Srinivas M.giridhar@lvpei. Chwa M. GM Seigel.org Some recent representative publications Narayanan R. Dandona R. Giridhar P. New Delhi. Kuppermann BD. He has received the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship in cataract surgery from Sankara Nethralaya. Email: narayanan@lvpei. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2002. Nesburn AB. 124: 1032-4 PJ Kappel. R Narayanan. Dandona L. at the Department of Ophthalmology. He independently handled a major project ‘Community Assisted and Financed Eye care’ over four years. Email: dr. Prasad MN. PhD Scientist. McCarty CA. Dandona L. Smt Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre Raja Narayanan completed his basic medical education from Delhi University. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. Resende GP.Raja Narayanan. Srinivas M. Kenney MC. written book chapters and is a reviewer for journals such as Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. University of California. Vilas K. Boston. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. F Yu. Srinivas M. BJO 2002. Kuppermann BD. 113: 683. 114: 1327-31 Narayanan R. Rao GN. Southern California HIV/eye consortium.

Email: deepa@lvpei. London. Deepa R. 2005. including Best Video Presentation at the International Congress of Ocular Oncology in 2004. 1: 30-6 Naik MN. Honavar SG. He has won several awards. Naik MN.Deepa Raizada. Deepa Rani D. He has published in national and international journals and is South India representative for the Indian Optometry Association. Murthy R. Review on ocular prosthesis. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2007. He has done a fellowship in ocularistry and anaplastology and trained at institutes like MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research interests lie in finding practical solutions to problems in the field of ocularistry. Honavar SG. Indications and cosmetic outcome of dermis fat graft: A tertiary eye care study. Deepa R. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2007. 23: 59-60 Raizada K. Her clinical interests include fabrication and fitting of ocular prosthesis. 1: 30-6 Raizada K. Ocularistry Services Deepa Raizada completed her basic optometry education and fellowship in Clinical Optometry at L V Prasad Eye Institute. helping to establish the Department of Ocularistry at the Institute. Ocularistry Services Kuldeep Raizada graduated from Aligarh. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2007. D Orth Head. International Journal of Anaplastology 2007. Enucleation and orbital implants: Current practices and recent trends. Houston. Review on ocular prosthesis. Thomas R. He is on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Anaplastology and Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Optometry. as well as in the field of ocularistry and anaplastolgy. Murthy RK. Honavar S G. 56: 21-3 41 . Bhaduri A. Deepa R. 23: 307-11 Raizada K. Ethanolamine oleate sclerotherapy versus simple cyst aspiration in the management of orbitopalpebral cyst associated with congenital microphthalmos. Bhaduri A. He became involved in the fitting and fabricating of ocular prostheses.org Some recent representative publications Raizada K. Raizada K. DOT Ocularist. Shome D. Honavar S G. Deepa Rani. Lucknow. Murthy R. His research interests lie in developing medical devices in close coordination with cornea and anterior segment and ophthalmic plastics services. Email: ocularist@lvpei. Optometry Today 2007. Optometry Today 2007.org Some recent representative publications Raizada K. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2007. International Journal of Anaplastology 2007. Raizada D. Indications and cosmetic outcome of dermis fat graft: A tertiary eye care study. She received the Best Paper award at the 7th Indian Optometric Association. Hyderabad. New measurement device and technique for assessing implant and prosthetic motility. Naik M. Honavar SG. 30: 152-62 Raizada K. 56: 21-3 Kuldeep Raizada. 30: 152-62 Raizada K. particularly in pediatric patients. Enucleation and orbital implants: Current practices and recent trends. Naik MN. Honavar SG. She underwent advanced training in ocularistry at Moorfield's Eye Hospital. Naik M. He did a fellowship in Clinical Optometry from LVPEI before joining the Institute. USA. and completed his Diploma in Orthoptics & Pleoptics from Gandhi Eye Hospital.

22: 271-4 Dandona L. Impact of impaired vision and eye diseases on quality of life in Andhra Pradesh. and completed his postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences. where he was trained first at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. 23: 106-10 Reddy AK. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2006. and PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. Relationship in human corneal endothelium. Keeffe JE. He is currently President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Vemuganti GK. Cell size-shape. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2005. in which role he leads VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. Dakshinamurthy KV. Lakshmi V. 25: 140-2 42 . Thomas R. He has made presentations at scientific meetings nationally and has publications to his credit. Murthy KVD. Reddy AK. MD Distinguished Chair of Eye Health Chairman.org Some recent representative publications Shenoy S. Dr Rao received his basic medical education in Guntur. His areas of specialization include diseases of the cornea. 23: 41-3 Reddy AK. Singh S. Dakshinamurthy KV. Ann Ophthalmol 1979. Early results of penetrating keratoplasty after cultivated limbal epithelium transplantation. Dandona R. Srinivas M. New Delhi. Jhaveri Microbiology Centre G Ashok Kumar Reddy obtained his masters in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College. Shaw EL. community eye health. Mandal P. Email: ashok kumar@lvpei. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2005. Baliga S. Karimnagar. Hyderabad Eye Institute Founder. Nanda A. Induced sputum as a diagnostic test for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumoniae in HIV positive patients. He has published over 250 papers in national and international journals. 47: 4742-8 G Ashok Kumar Reddy. Kuruvilla TA. Krishnaiah S. Arch Ophthalmol 2005. McCarty CA. Endothelial cell morphology and corneal deturgescence. E-mail: gnrao@lvpei. the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. Rao GN. Invest Ophthal Vis Sci 1982. Prevalence of HCV infection in patients on hemodialysis: Survey by antibody and core antigen detection. Naduvilath TJ.org Some recent representative publications Rao GN. Rao GN. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2007. Gangadhar T. Lakshmi V. Arthur EJ and Aquavella JV. Ifthekar G. Rao GN. His current research interest is in ocular infections. Nirmalan PK. after a successful career in the United States as an academic ophthalmologist. and later at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Mangalore. 49: 858-60 Reddy AK. Dakshinamurthy KV. 351:1312-6 Sangwan VS. Journal of Association of Physicians of India 2001. Neelaprasad P. L V Prasad Eye Institute Gullapalli N Rao returned to India in 1986 to establish L V Prasad Eye Institute. Lakshmi V. Evaluation of commercially available third-generation anti HCV ELISA in patients on hemodialysis. 11: 885-99 Rao GN. PhD Microbiologist.Gullapalli N Rao. Prevalence of HBV and HCV dual infection in patients on Hemodialysis. Hyderabad. Fatima A. and has contributed several book chapters. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. 123: 334-40 Nutheti R. Reddy AK. Before joining LVPEI in May 2007. eye care policy and planning. where he continued on the faculty until his return to India in 1986. he was Assistant Professor at the Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences. Lohman LE and Aquavella JV. Utility of HCV core antigen ELISA in the screening for Hepatitis C virus infection in patients on hemodialysis. eye banking and corneal transplantation. Matalia PH. 24: 55-7 Lakshmi V. Is the current eye-care policy focus almost exclusively on cataract adequate to deal with business in India? Lancet 1998. Andhra Pradesh. He went to the United States in 1974. Shamanna BR.

Int Ophthalmol 2007. Email: vsangwan@lvpei. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. Burman S.. He has worked as Field Medical Director at ORBIS International. immunology & uveitis service of Harvard Medical School. Ocular Immunology & Uveitis Services Virender Singh Sangwan completed his basic medical education from Maharshi Dayanand University. Midterm results on ocular surface reconstruction using cultivated autologous oral mucosal epithelial transplantation. L V Prasad Eye Institute Head. He is an honorary member of the North African Centre of Sight. 27: 131-6 43 . He is also founder secretary/ treasurer of Uveitis Society of India and the LVPEI Alumni Association. Khanna RC. and another in Immunology & Uveitis Services at Harvard Medical School. Murthy R. National Ophthalmic Society of El Salvador and National Ophthalmic Society of Peru. 143: 189 Fatima A. Boston. before joining LVPEI. Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre P Rajeev Kumar Reddy completed his basic medical education and MS in Ophthalmology from Osmania Medical College. Amniotic membrane transplantation: A review of current indications in the management of ophthalmic disorders. nationally and internationally. Govindswamy P. Uveitis Society of India. Vemuganti GK. Sangwan VS. Sangwan VS. Moreker MR. He is secretary of the Asia Cornea Society and Vice-President. Dr Reddy has worked on several projects. Chennai. USA. Tejwani S. Sankaranarayana PM. 54: 29-34 Sangwan VS. Rao GN. trauma and macular disorders. After working for two years at Sankara Nethralaya as Associate Consultant in the Vitreoretinal Services.org Virender Singh Sangwan. Smt. University of Rochester. Iftekhar G. 35: 96-8 Murthy SI. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update and Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. Inc. Fatima A. He did a clinical research fellowship from 2001 – 2002 and a vitreoretinal fellowship from 2001 to 2004 from Sankara Nethralaya. He has received several prestigious awards. Clinical outcome of autologus cultivated limbal transplantation. Hyderabad. Haryana. 55: 251-60 Sahu SK. MD Associate Director. Cornea and Anterior Segment. Ifthekar G. Thomas R. USA. The spectrum of Vogt-koyanagi-Harada disease in South India. Tejwani S. Am J Ophthalmol 2007. and chief fellow. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals. New York. MS Consultant. He is reviewer for the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. Indian J Ophthalmol 2006. Email: rajeev@lvpei. He did a fellowship in Cornea & Anterior Segment at L V Prasad Eye Institute. in 1986 and MS Ophthalmology in 1991. Vemuganti GK. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. Matalia HP. presented widely and served as faculty for workshops and instruction courses on uveitis. Sangwan VS. including the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award 2006 and the Biotech Products and Process Development and Commercialization Award 2007 from the Government of India. he joined LVPEI as a consultant.P Rajeev K Reddy. His areas of interest are uveitis. Cornea. limbal stem cell deficiency and limbal stem cell transplantation. Rao GN. He is on the editorial board of International Ophthalmology and section editor of British Journal of Ophthalmology. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2007. Singh S. In vivo survival and stratification of cultured limbal epithelium. Nutheti R. New York.org Some recent representative publications Sangwan VS.

Kumar RS. She served several hospitals as registrar.org Some recent representative publications Garudadri CS. assistant professor and consultant before joining LVPEI. 11: 111-3 Parikh RS.org Some recent representative publications Senthil S. Tamil Nadu. Babu JG. Reddy KP. Indian J Ophthalmol 2006. Indian Journal of Medical and Pediatric Oncology 2005. Mukhopadhyay A. New Delhi. Thomas R. USA. J Glaucoma 2005. Dr G Chandra Sekhar completed his residency in ophthalmology at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences. Kaur K. A retrospective analysis of the first Indian experience on phakic intraocular lens implantation. VST Centre for Glaucoma Care Sirisha Senthil completed her basic medical education from Rajah Muthiah Medical College. Nutheti R. Gln48His is the prevalent myocilin mutation in primary open angle and primary congenital glaucoma phenotypes in India. He is currently a member of the Glaucoma Research Society (ICO) and President. J Glaucoma 2002. L V Prasad Eye Institute. Email: gcs@lvpei. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He has published 55 papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed five book chapters. His research interests include optic disc imaging in glaucoma. MD Director. Parikh S. Prabakaran S. Devi KR. 2004 – 2006. Ray K. Chandrasekhar G. Chandrasekhar G. Annamalai University. plateau iris syndrome and angle closure glaucoma. She is an investigator for several studies and has published scientific papers and co-authored a book ‘Clinical Ophthalmology Made Easy’. 54: 251-6 Senthil R. Hyderabad After receiving his basic medical degree in Kurnool. Curr Opin in Ophthlmol 2004. Raghunadharao D. Applying the recent clinical trials on primary open angle glaucoma: The developing world perspective. 26: 44-6 44 . Diagnostic capability of optical coherence tomography (Stratus OCT 3) in early glaucoma. Thomas R. 11: 502-7 Thomas R. Kumar RS. He holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the State University New York. Andhra Pradesh. He was President of Glaucoma Society of India. 15: 127-31 Thomas R. An ultrasound biomicroscopic study of anterior segment in Indian eyes with primary angle closure glaucoma. MS. USA. Sekhar GC. Glaucoma management in developing countries: medical. He has delivered several named orations including the prestigious Professor P Siva Reddy Gold Medal Oration of the All India Ophthalmological Society/Conference. 14: 324-7 Chakrabarti S. Mol Vis 2005. San Diego. psychophysical tests in glaucoma. Chelerkar V. and University of Southern California. Dr Chandra Sekhar received the Junior Honors achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in November 2003. Madison. She did a fellowship in glaucoma at LVPEI and underwent training in contact lens. School of Optometry. Parikh R. Rochester. Hasnain SE. AP State Ophthalmological Society for 2007 – 2008. phacoemulsification and small incision cataract surgery at Chennai and Madurai. Komatireddy S.114: 2238-43 Sirisha Senthil. USA. Choroidal metastasis from lung cancer – a case report and review of literature. and surgical options for glaucoma management in countries with limited resources. She obtained the first rank in ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology in the university in 1993-94.G Chandra Sekhar. Kallam Anji Reddy Campus. laser. Srilakshmi. She obtained her FRCS in Ophthalmology from Edinburgh in 2000. Ravisankar. Kumar RS. Mandal AK.Ophthalmology 2007. Email: sirishasenthil@lvpei. and Clinical Professor at the University of Rochester Medical School. FRCS Consultant. Madurai. Senthil S. Acharya M. followed by postgraduate training in ophthalmology from Aravind Eye Hospital. Sekhar GC.

in January 2000. His current areas of interest are lamellar corneal surgery. from Madurai Kamaraj University. Newborn Vitamin A Dosing Reduces Case Fatality but not Incidence of Common Childhood Morbidities in South India. Br Med Journal 2003. AJO 2003. in 2003 and received the Ebenezer prize for best outgoing student. 34: 880-5 James M. Tamil Nadu. Joanne Katz. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2006. he won several awards and medals including a gold medal in General Surgery and the R L Adiga Award for highest marks in the final examinations. Baseline ophthalmic data of children aged 15 years or younger in south India. Kartik Prakash. Thulasiraj RD.Sethu Sheeladevi. Email : sheela@lvpei. et al. 327: 1-6 Nirmalan PK. 34: 335-341 Garab JN. Brian G. posters. videos and instruction courses at national and international conferences and has been actively involved in teaching and research. Sheeladevi S. Tielsch. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2006. after which she worked with the Aravind Eye Care System for over seven years as a Research Program Manager. et al. She has done an International Health Practitioner Residency Program from the School of Public Health (SPH). Thulasiraj. et al. Katz J. Sheeladevi S. Vijayalakshmi P. She has wide experience in managing both epidemiological and hospital-based clinical trials in ophthalmology and in public health. Shamanna BR. USA. orbit and ocular oncology. MHM Associate Public Health Specialist. 136: 703-9 Garab JN. Sheeladevi S. He did a Diploma in Ophthalmology from Christian Medical College. Cataract and its surgery in Papua New Guinea. Email: rishiswarup@lvpei. Tielsch JM. R. Her research interests include epidemiology of eye diseases with a focus on children and women. University of Berkeley. Chennai (2003-2005). He subsequently joined LVPEI as consultant in 2006. Lakshmi Rahmathullah. Christian Coles. He is currently principal investigator in a research project on role of recombinant human epidermal growth factor in healing of corneal epithelial defects. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Sethu Sheeladevi received two Master’s degrees in commerce and hospital management. Blindness and vision impairment in the elderly of Papua New Guinea. he did a short-term fellowship at LVPEI in oculoplasty. After a two-year clinical fellowship in cornea from Sankara Nethralaya.org 45 . Manipal. He has presented papers. MAHE. Sheeladevi. FRCS Consultant. DO. Shamanna BR. Nirmalan PK. California. The Journal of Nutrition. Impact of supplementing newborn infants with Vitamin A on early infant mortality: Community-based randomized trial in south India. In Press Rishi Swarup. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Rishi Swarup completed his basic medical education from Kasturba Medical College. While doing his MBBS. M Com. S. The Kariapatty pediatric eye evaluation project. D. Coles C.org Some recent representative publications Rahmathullah L. Nirmalan PK. et al. ocular surface and advances in cataract and refractive surgery. Vellore. Sheeladevi S. primary health care and community development.

He did a Bachelor of Mobility Science for the disabled (BMS) from the Madras University. 52: 113-20 Jachin D Williams A. Washington. GC Shekar. She has 5 PhD students registered with her. BMS Assistant Public Health Specialist. and transdifferentiation of bone marrow stromal cells to neuroglial and retinal lineage. She has done short observation courses in ophthalmic pathology at institutes in the United States. Autologous bone marrow-derived progenitor cell myocardial delivery for recent myocardial infarction patients following early angioplasty: Results from a pilot study. Vemuganti GK. University of Illinois. He is also involved in several other collaborative international studies and has compiled handbooks for community eye health workers and schoolteachers training programs. Arch Ophthalmol 1998. 111: 1009-15 Vemuganti GK. BC Williams. JD Williams. He is also involved in community health needs assessment. Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory Geeta Vemuganti received her basic medical education at Ajmer. Technique of cultivating limbal derived corneal epithelium on human amniotic membrane for clinical transplantation. Population-based assessment of childhood blindness in southern India. MA. Hyderabad. Ophthalmology 2004. BMC Ophthalmol 2005. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Jachin David Williams did his MA in Sociology at Annamalai University. DC. among others. Rapid intraoperative diagnosis of tumors of the eye and orbit by squash and imprint cytology. Australia.org Recent representative publication L Dandona. and obtained a Diploma in Community Eye Health (DCEH) from L V Prasad Eye Institute. Tamil Nadu. Hyderabad. MD. Singh S. Joseph J. culturing limbal and conjunctival epithelium for clinical application. Balasubramanian D. Philadelphia. Honavar SG. DNB Head. Tamil Nadu. written book chapters and won many awards. Matalia H. She is also engaged in work on pathogenesis and apoptotic cell death in corneal infections. Wills Eye Hospital. such as Doheny Eye Institute. followed by MD and DNB in pathology from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. genotype-phenotype correlation in retinoblastoma. 116: 545-546 46 . 7: 217-21 Vemuganti GK. Vemuganti GK. Reddy P. Kashyap S. Sharma S. She is a reviewer for several journals and granting agencies. ocular tumors. J Postgrad Med 2006. Chandra KS. Is microsporidial keratitis an emerging cause of stromal keratitis – a case series study. and Department of Pathology. community and school eye screening and awareness programs. Sangwan VS. Rajasthan. schoolteachers training and is faculty for Diploma in Community Eye Health Course and BS Optometry course. DCEH. 52: 257-61 Jyotsna M. Ophthalmic Pathology Service Scientist. Cardiovasc Revasc Med 2006. and a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences. Email: jachin@lvpei. in 1985 and then took a diploma course in clinical pathology from Osmania Medical College. 5: 19 Vemuganti GK. She is a visiting pathologist at Eye and Ear Infirmary. Indian J Ophthalmol 2004. Her areas of interest are stem cell research. Singh S.' being conducted by LVPEI in collaboration with Vision CRC. Naik M. Gopinathan U. Before joining LVPEI in 1998. and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). human resource development. DCP. Hyderabad. Garg P. Ex-vivo potential of cadaveric and fresh limbal tissues to regenerate cultured epithelium. and isolation and characterization of bone marrow derived stromal cells and evaluating the stem cells in ocular tumors. she served as consultant pathologist at Medwin Hospitals. Iftekhar G. Reddy P. He is principal investigator of a study on 'Impact of refractive error correction on activity based performance and other vision based functions of children aged 10 to 15 years. She has published widely.org Some recent representative publications Fatima A. Chicago. Email: geeta@lvpei. Sangwan VS. GN Rao. corneal dystrophies and infections.Geeta K Vemuganti.

MA. Prasad MN.Kovai Vilas. Giridhar P. social science research. advocacy. Prasad MN. Australia. Thomas R. South India. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005. Vilas K. Population-based study of spectacle use in southern India. Dandona R. International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care Kovai Vilas received his Master’s and M Phil degrees in Anthropology from the University of Hyderabad. Email: vilaskovai@lvpei. Balasubramanian D. Barriers to accessing eye care services among visually impaired populations in rural Andhra Pradesh. 55: 365-71 Krishnaiah S. Awareness of glaucoma in the rural population of southern India. Vilas K. Srinivas M. 46: 59-65 Krishnaiah S. Indian J Ophthalmol 2005. MPhil (Anthropology) Associate Public Health Specialist. Giridhar P.org Some recent representative publications Vilas K. Shamanna BR. Shamanna BR. Vilas K. He has won several competitive research grants and has published in national and international journals. Sydney. Vilas K. Indian J Ophthalmol 2002. Rao GN. Rao GN. and is also pursuing his PhD from the University of New South Wales. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. Rao GN. Smoking and its association with cataract: Results of Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study. Thomas R. His interests include concept development and operational research. Blindness in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He has been working with LVPEI’s International Centre For Advancement of Rural Eye care since 1996. McCarty CA. 42: 908-16 47 . promotive and affordable eye care at the grassroots. and teaching. et al. Dandona L. Krishnaiah S. He is currently heading the Vision Centres program that aims to provide a model of preventive. 50: 145-55 Dandona L. His professional skills lie in project management. He was also involved in the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS) and the Refractive Error Study in Children (RESC). Srinivas M. conducted by LVPEI. John RK. 53: 205-8 Dandona R. Shamanna BR. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2001.

Constantinou M. Moraxella keratitis: predisposing factors and clinical review of 95 cases. 35: 427-31 Das S. Bhubaneswar. Vajpayee RB. Sullivan LJ. Jalna. Comparison of residual stromal bed and flap thickness in primary and repeat laser in situ keratomileusis in myopic patients. Whiting M. Corneal wound dehiscence after penetrating keratoplasty. 125: 1182-5 Das S. and L V Prasad Eye Institute. Daniell M. She did a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment from L V Prasad Eye Institute in 1999.org Sujata Das. His areas of special interest are posterior uveitis and 23 gauge vitrectomy. in 1997. E-mail: drbasu@bei-lvpei. Germany. 90: 1236-8 48 . Orissa in 1994. MS. and authored several book chapters. Cornea & Anterior Segment Services Medical Director. Sheorey H.L V Prasad Eye Institute Bhubaneswar Soumyava Basu. 26: 526-9 Das S. eye banking & corneal transplantation. ‘drushti daan’ Eye Bank Sujata Das received her basic medical education from MKCG Medical College. and refractive surgery. Melbourne University. and an ICO fellowship in Cornea at the Department of Ophthalmology & Eye Hospital. She was instrumental in establishing ‘drushti daan’ Eye Bank at LVPEI Bhubaneswar and has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals. Taylor HR. Constantinou M. J Cataract Refract Surg 2006. and completed her postgraduate training in Ophthalmology at MKCG Medical College. Microbial keratitis following corneal transplantation. Association between cultures of contact lens and corneal scraping in contact lens related microbial keratitis. Taylor HR. Her areas of specialization include corneal disease and surgery. and keratoprosthesis. Orissa. E-mail: sujatadas@bei-lvpei. before joining LVPEI Bhubaneswar as faculty in 2006. in 2004. MS Head. Arch Ophthalmol 2007. She also did a corneal fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital and Centre for Eye Research Australia.org Some recent representative publications Das S. Taylor HR. Hyderabad. Taylor HR. She is a reviewer for Archives of Ophthamology and Clinical Ophthalmology. 32: 2080-4 Das S. FRCS Head. Her current interests include C3R treatment for various corneal disorders. University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Retina Vitreous Services Dr Soumyava Basu obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of Mumbai. Cornea 2007. before heading the vitreo-retinal services at L V Prasad Eye Institute. He is currently principal investigator for 'A double-masked multi-centric study of the safety and efficacy of LX-211 in active/quiscient uveitis' and co-investigator for several other studies. Br J Ophthalmol 2006. following which he completed fellowships in retina from Shri Ganapati Netralaya. Ong T. management of dry eye syndrome. contact lens. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2007.

and authored/ edited five books. Treatment. Wein. Simanjuntak G. subsequently. and completed his postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). From 1996 to 2004. Harvard University.org T P Das. He has an international reputation as a retinal surgeon. Seminars in Ophthalmology 2003. DOMS. Madurai. Madurai. He joined LVPEI in 1991. She is currently a consultant in glaucoma services at L V Prasad Eye Institute. Optical coherence tomography titrated photocoagulation in diabetic clinically significant macula edema. He was editor of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology from 1999 to 2004. After receiving his diploma in ophthalmic medicine and surgery from Kanpur University. Intravitreal sodium fluorescein enhances visualization of clear vitreous during vitreous surgery for macular hole. Naduvilath TJ. J Cat Refract Surg 2002. Springer-Verlag. he went on to work as a retina consultant with Aravind Eye Hospital.Sanghamitra Das Consultant. and at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. as chief of glaucoma services and. as chief of pediatric ophthalmology services. Hyderabad. A safety and efficacy study. Sharma S. 18: 109-15 Das T.org Some recent representative publications Das T. MS. Philadelphia. Bhubaneswar Taraprasad Das received his basic medical education in Sambalpur University. Orissa. 28: 703-8 Das T. Sharma S. Effect of vancomycin on Staphylococcus epidermidis adherence to poly (methyl methacrylate) intraocular lenses. Bhubaneswar. Jalali S. Gothwal VK. and Future Trends. Sharma S. E-mail: tpd@bei-lvpei. He has published more than 124 papers in international and national journals. 2004. Orissa. Intravitreal dexamethasone in exogenous bacterial endophthalmitis. Br J Ophthalmol 1999. 185-94 Das T. Wills Eye Hospital. written 24 book chapters. Glaucoma Services After completing her basic medical education and masters in ophthalmology from MKCG Medical College in 1994 from Berhampur. Endophthalmitis research Group. She also did short-term fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and cornea and anterior segment at L V Prasad Eye Institute. He also received further subspecialty clinical training at University of Illinois Medical School. Sanghamitra worked at J P M Rotary Eye Institute. Sumasri K. E-mail: sanghamitra@bei-lvpei. Cuttack. Pondicherry. Muralidhar AV. and at Aravind Eye Hospital. and in glaucoma from Aravind Eye Hospital. Current management strategies of acute postoperative endophthalmitis. L V Prasad Eye Institute. 32: 55-7 Das T. In Binder S (Ed) The Macula: Diagnosis. FRCS Director. Results of a prospective randomized study. Jefferson University. Her areas of interest are adult and pediatric cataract and preventive ophthalmology. Sanghamitra Das did a fellowship in glaucoma at L V Prasad Eye Institute. Vedantham V. 83: 1050-5 49 . Clin Expt Ophthalmol 2004.

in 2006 before joining LVPEI. Hyderabad. Cornea 2006. 143: 189 50 . Utkal University. before joining the Cornea and Anterior Segment Services at LVPEI. briefly before doing a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya. Thomas R. Honavar SG. Retina Vitreous Services Tapas Ranjan Padhi completed his basic medical education from Berhampur University. Sangwan VS. He is co-investigator in several ongoing clinical trials at LVPEI. Effect of the fourth-generation fluoroquinolones on corneal reepithelialization after penetrating keratoplasty. Hyderabad. After an MS in ophthalmology (1999-2002) from VSS Medical College. Am J Ophthalmol (In press) Srikant Kumar Sahu Consultant. Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar. in 2000. He became a member of the International Council of Ophthalmology in 2002. Midterm results on ocular surface reconstruction using cultivated autologous oral mucosal epithelial transplantation. followed by an MS in 2000. He completed his postgraduate training in ophthalmology at JIPMER. orbit and ocular oncology at LVPEI. Orbit and Ocular Oncology Service Suryasnata Rath completed his basic medical education in 1995. Orissa. Rath S. FRCS (Glas) Consultant. His area of special interest is pediatric retina. In 2003 he did a fellowship in comprehensive ophthalmology at LVPEI. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Srikant Kumar Sahu completed his basic medical education at SCB Medical College. 25: 1130 Sahu SK. Management of canalicular lacerations: epidemiological aspects and experience with Mini-Monoka® monocanalicular stent". Govindswamy P. He did a fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment at L V Prasad Eye Institute. Pondicherry. Andhra Pradesh . Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Hyderabad. E-mail: tapas@bei-lvpei. Orissa. Thomas R. he worked as consultant for three years at St. Orissa. and was awarded a gold medal for best outgoing student in MS. Sangwan VS.org Recent representative publication Naik MN.LVPEI.org Some recent representative publications Sahu SK. Bhubaneswar. Utkal University. and received an FRCS (Glasgow) in 2004. Murthy SI. MS. Hyderabad. He also did a fellowship in oculoplastics. Sambalpur University. in 2004.a unit of ICARE . Gregorious Balagram Eye Hospital at Yacharam. from SCB Medical College and Hospital. E-mail: suryasnata@bei-lvpei. He obtained his DNB degree in Ophthalmology in 2004 and worked as research fellow in retina at LVPEI. E-mail: srikantsahu@bei-lvpei.org Suryasnata Rath. Medsinghe A.Tapas Ranjan Padhi Consultant. Chennai. Am J Ophthalmol 2007. Orissa.

Murthy SI. Taneja M. Pondicherry. She joined LVPEI in 1991. Das T. Comparison of clinical and microbiological profiles in smearpositive and smear-negative cases of suspected microbial keratitis. 55: 21-5 Duggirala A. Nutheti R. Hasnain SE. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007. 24: 391-8 Joseph J. Garg P. Garg P. Sharma S. She has published 141 papers in national and international journals and has won several competitive grants from industrial and government bodies such as Bausch & Lomb. Her research interests are ocular infections and inflammation with a special focus on fungal. She has been editor-in-chief of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology for the past six years and is on the review board of several ophthalmology and microbiology journals. Gupta R. Pilani. Ahmed N. Savitri Sharma specialized in ocular microbiology at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai. Das T. 48: 3239-45 51 . Kenneth J. Acanthamoeba keratitis in non-contact lens wearers in India: DNA typing-based validation and a simple detection assay. British Contact Lens Association. Balasubramanian D. Aggarwal RK. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007. She has guided several PhD students under BITS. Microsporidial keratitis in India: 16S rRNA gene-based assay for diagnosis and species identification of Microsporidia in clinical samples. MD. Nutheti R. Applicability of rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing in the management of bacterial endophthalmitis. Retina 2004. Sharma S. bacterial. Sharma S. Kenchappa P. Peters JK. All India Ophthalmology Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Email: savitri@bei-lvpei. Krishna PV. Laboratory Services After completing her postgraduation in medical microbiology at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). MAMS Associate Director. Gopinathan U. Endophthalmitis Research Group. protozoal and viral infections of the eye.org Some recent representative publications Sharma S. She has received commendations from several professional bodies including the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists. Upponi A. Tamil Nadu.both Government of India. Das D.Savitri Sharma. Arch Ophthalmol 2004. 122: 1430-4 Gupta R. Department of Biotechnology and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research . High-resolution genome profiling differentiated Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from patients with ocular infections and normal individuals. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2006. Garg P. Pasricha G. Rao D V. 47: 4468-73 Sharma S.

Washington. Sangwan VS. Comparison of acrylic and polymethyl methacrylate lenses in pediatric population. Sridhar MS. Genotype-phenotype correlation in 2 Indian families with severe granular corneal dystrophy. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Meena Lakshmipathy completed her basic medical education from Stanley Medical College. Vemuganti GK. Rao GN. followed by a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment at LVPEI in 2001. She has several publications in international and national peer reviewed journals and has presented papers at conferences in India and abroad. She received the best presentation award in the cornea session. L V Prasad Eye Institute. ocular surface disorders and microbial keratitis. Aasuri MK. followed by a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment from L V Prasad Eye Institute. 123: 1127-33 52 . Outcome of Pterygium surgery: Retrospective analysis over 14 years. Ind J Ophthalmol 2005. Visakhapatnam Merle Fernandes. Cornea 2005. She is also interested in making educational videos. in 2004.org Recent representative publication Kannabiran C. Hyderabad. Fernandes M. 24: 643-53 Sangwan VS. Her main interests are in pediatric penetrating keratoplasty. 2004. Rao GN. Goa. at the All India Ophthalmological Society meeting at Varanasi. Amniotic membrane transplantation for ocular surface reconstruction. Visakhapatnam Consultant. Sangwan VS. Email: merle@vizag-lvpei. Early results of penetrating keratoplasty following limbal stem cell transplantation. Chennai. before joining the Cornea and Anterior Segment Services at L V Prasad Eye Institute. USA. Sangwan VS. Vemuganti GK. Nutheti R. Bansal AK. Gangopadhyay N. Arch Ophthalmol 2005. Rao GN. Ind J Ophthalmol 2006. Chakravarthi SK. Fernandes M. one of which (Epkeratoplasty for Keratoglobus with Mechanical Lagophthalmos) received the first prize in the Refractive Surgery category at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Merle Fernandes completed her basic medical training and a residency program in ophthalmology at Goa Medical College.L V Prasad Eye Institute GMR Varalakshmi Campus. Garg P.org Some recent representative publications Aasuri MK. MS Consultant. in 1997. Limbal stem cell deficiency and Xeroderma Pigmentosum: A case report. 2004. MS Director. Madurai. Eye 2004: 18: 741 Meena Lakshmipathy. Eye 2005. 53: 31-5 Fernandes M. She is a reviewer for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. Pathan PP. Sridhar MS. Email: meena@vizag-lvpei. Bansal AK. She did her MS Ophthalmology from the Government Rajaji Hospital. Lakshmipathi M. Visakhapatnam. Vemuganti GK. She worked with a charitable institute. 19: 1182-90 Fernandes M. 54: 105-9 Fernandes M. Sridhar MS.

Avinash Pathengay. Das T. Das T. Email: avinash@vizag-lvpei. Das T. Hasnain SE. he did a fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology from L V Prasad Eye Institute. optic disc imaging and medical retina. Chennai. Pathengay A. Email: varma@vizag-lvpei. and specialized in retina-vitreous at Sankara Nethralaya. Pathengay A. He worked as Assistant Professor at Maharajah’s Institute of Medical Sciences. In vitro efficacy of cefazolin and povidone-iodine 5% in eradicating microbial organisms adhered to broad scleral buckles. Intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide in the management of exogenous bacterial endophthalmitis. Michael V. retina and cornea services and received the best outgoing fellow award for the year.org Some recent representative publications Pathengay A. 34: 390-1 Pathengay A. Mansoori T. High-resolution genotyping of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains linked to acute post cataract surgery endophthalmitis outbreaks in India. Das T. Mathai A. with training in glaucoma. Indian J Ophthalmol 2006. His major area of interest is endophthalmitis. Hasnain SE. followed by an MS in Ophthalmology from J N Medical College. 6: 1 Kenchappa P. Am J Ophthalmol 2006. Sharma S. Fluorescent amplified fragment length polymorphism (FAFLP) genotyping demonstrates the role of biofilm-producing methicillin-resistant periocular Staphylococcus epidermidis strains in postoperative endophthalmitis. psychophysical tests. Sharma S. Shah GY. FRCS (Glas) Consultant. 4: 19 PVKS Varma. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2006. Raju B. In 1995. Sharma S. 54: 65-6 Kenchappa P. Glaucoma Services PVKS Varma completed his basic medical education from M S Ramaiah Medical College. Sharma S. BMC Ophthalmol 2006. Pathengay A.org 53 . Ahmed N. after which he did a glaucoma fellowship in 2006 and joined L V Prasad Eye Institute. Belgaum. Ahmed N. DO. 141: 938-40 Joseph J. MS Head. Sangwan VS. Shah GY. Das T. MBBS. Visakhapatnam. His areas of interest include angle closure glaucoma. Retina Vitreous Services Avinash Pathengay received his basic medical training at Stanley Medical College. Sharma S. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob 2005. Bangalore. Duggirala A. Chennai. Nellimarla. Curvularia lunata endophthalmitis presenting with a posterior capsular plaque. Rao KR.

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Honors and Awards 2002 – 2007 .

M S Sridhar won third prize in Special Cases category of Alcon Video competition. D Balasubramanian honoured by the Indian Science Congress Association with the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award for significant achievements in biophysical chemistry. Santosh Honavar received Achievement Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology. Subhabrata Chakrabarti awarded International Genetics Federation Fellowship. Bangalore. Mumbai. Gullapalli N Rao awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his services to the people of India. Department of Science and Technology. Andhra Pradesh. Geeta K Vemuganti awarded Col Rangachary Gold Medal for best paper at 61st All India Ophthalmological Society meeting. California. Virender S Sangwan received Dr P Siva Reddy Endowment Award for research work in stem cells by the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences in Hyderabad. through his contributions to medicine and science. 2004 – 2005 Subhabrata Chakrabarti awarded Indian Academy of Sciences Young Associateship. K Sreelatha awarded Amjad Rahi Prize for best basic science paper at Indian Eye Research Group meeting. Washington.com 2002. under the Global Health Research Initiative Program (GRIP). Savitri Sharma received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award at Anaheim. D Balasubramanian was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his services to the people of India through his contributions to medicine and science. UK. Guntur. New Delhi. USA. California. Gullapalli N Rao presented the Vocational Excellence Award by Rotary International. Florida. India. 56 . Gullapalli N Rao awarded the First Global Visionary Award instituted by Bausch and Lomb at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology at Anaheim. USA. Munich. Anil K Mandal won Col Rangachary Award for best paper at special plenary session of 61st All India Ophthalmological Society conference. D Balasubramanian received National Award for best efforts in science popularization from National Council for Science and Technology Communication. USA. California. USA. New Delhi. Taraprasad Das conferred Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons by the Royal College. India. India.2002 – 2003 Murali K Aasuri won second prize for his video in the Bausch & Lomb video competition on Phacopearls. Santosh Honavar received Best of Show Award for video film from American Academy of Ophthalmology. Philadelphia. India. USA. Fort Lauderdale. Chitra Kannabiran received RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health. at ARVO 2002. D Balasubramanian received the honour Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite of France. Vijaya Kumari Gothwal received Constance W Atwell Award for excellence in low vision research. Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad. Aparna Duggirala won Amjad Rahi Best Scientific Poster Award at 13th annual meeting of Indian Eye Research Group. 2002 from the President of France. Ajit B Majji won Vengal Rao Award for best paper presentation from Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society Guntur. Government of India. USA. Anil K Mandal won Award for Best Instruction Film at 61st All India Ophthalmological Society conference. Anaheim. USA. USA. University of Glasgow. UK. Santosh Honavar received Vengala Rao Award from Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society Guntur. India. Glasgow. Ajit B Majji received the Dr V Raghavachar Gold Medal from Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society. Anil K Mandal received the ICMR Award 2002 for scientists working in bio-medical research. Germany. India. Savitri Sharma won Best Paper award in Parasitology at the 26th National Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists. Subhabrata Chakrabarti awarded International Society for Eye Research Fellowship. Gullapalli N Rao received Rustom Merwanji Alpaiwalla Memorial Award at the National Association for the Blind. bio-molecular interaction and research in ocular bio-chemistry and protein structure at Bangalore. Kuldeep Raizada awarded a Gold medal for his presentation. European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). Taraprasad Das received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award. India. Gullapalli N Rao conferred Fellow qua Surgeon ad eundem of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Ravi Thomas received Joseph Gnanadickam Gold Medal in 2002. at its annual meeting. Chennai. Andhra Pradesh. Anil K Mandal won Quality Teaching award for his video at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Sreedevi Penmetcha received citation and award at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) seventh General Assembly. G Chandra Sekhar elected unanimously as President of Glaucoma Society of India. USA. and Chief Executive Officer of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) at the seventh General Assembly. Gullapalli N Rao received HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Award for prevention of blindness at Riyadh. Geeta K Vemuganti selected for National Bioscience Award for Career Development for 2003-04. Dubai. Kolkata. Dubai. 57 . India. UK. London. Shubhabrata Chakrabarti selected as Indian participant for US-Indo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. Pilani. September 2004. Florida. India. California. UK. 2005 – 2006 D Balasubramanian selected as organizer of the USIndo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. on stem cell research efforts in India. Kolkata. Anil K Mandal received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Anees Fatima awarded Senior Scholarship (science) by Lady Tata Memorial Trust for 2005-2006 for research in stem cell. UAE. Paris. Ajit B Majji received Dr Ravi Kumar Reddy Endowment Award from Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital. USA. G Chandra Sekhar received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award at Anaheim.Nibaran Gangopadhyay invited by Dr Robert Osher to publish video ‘Management of Posterior Lenticonus with Cataract’ in Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. USA. UAE. M S Sridhar invited by Dr Robert Osher to publish video ‘Late Spontaneous Dislocation (or Disenclavation) of Iris Claw Intraocular Lens’ in Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Taraprasad Das selected as Indian participant for USIndo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. Deepa Rani won Best Scientific Paper award at 7th All India Optometric Conference. Hyderabad. D Balasubramanian chosen as Senior Fellow. Dubai. Government of India. Gunisha Pasricha awarded PhD for her work by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). USA. Anil K Mandal received U N Brahmachari Oration Award for 2004 at 72nd Reunion Session. Taraprasad Das elected President of Vitreo Retinal Society of India for 2005-2006. Anil K Mandal awarded C S Reshmi Gold Medal Award for his video at All India Ophthalmological Society conference. Taraprasad Das elected Vice President of All India Ophthalmological Society. Brazil. to meet at World Congress of Ophthalmology 2006. at Nilratan Sircar Medical School and College. July 2005. Ophthalmology. UAE. India. President. from Department of Biotechnology. Gullapalli N Rao elected Chairman of Board of Trustees. D Balasubramanian delivered an invited talk at Royal Society. D Balasubramanian delivered the Pushpa Sriramachari Oration of the Indian Council of Medical Research. Florida. Subhadra Jalali invited to be part of an international ROP working team under the VISION 2020: Right to Sight program. New Delhi. India. Nibaran Gangopadhyay won First Prize in New Contributors Category and Second Prize in Educational Category at XXII European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) Congress. Florida. Milind Naik awarded Associate membership of European Society of Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Vijaya K Gothwal received International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation travel fellowship to attend ‘Vision 2005’ at London. USA. Usha Gopinathan received Mr T L Kapadia Award for outstanding contribution to eye banking and delivered the Mr T L Kapadia Endowment Lecture at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital. University of Melbourne. Hyderabad. California. Ravi Thomas received Special award for LVPEI for organization of the seventh General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). India. Shubhabrata Chakrabarti won Clinician Scientist Award at the World Glaucoma Congress in Vienna. Saudi Arabia. Hyderabad. France. Italy. India. Prashant Garg received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award at Anaheim. D Nagarajan received group award for his role in moving forward the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in the South-East Asian Region at IAPB’s seventh General Assembly. Dubai. K Purushotham Reddy won Best Poster Award at the 73rd annual general meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists (India). Australia. São Paulo. New Delhi. Kuldeep Raizada received Best Video Award at XI International Congress of Ocular Oncology.

Subhabrata Chakrabarti elected to Executive Council of Indian Society of Human Genetics (ISHG) for 2007-2009. Hyderabad. India. Italian Ophthalmological Society meeting. PhD. Florida. USA. published by Elsevier Inc. Geeta K Vemuganti received CHEMTECH PHARMABIO ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award (Biotech) for 2005 from the CHEMTECH Foundation. Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry student. Anil K Mandal won Apollo Award of Medical Excellence for 2004-2005. AP chapter. International Advisory Board. UK. USA. Ajit B Majji elected Member. Taraprasad Das elected Member. Kuldeep Raizada received membership to American Society of Ocularists. Anil K Mandal authored a book ‘The Pediatric Glaucomas’ along with Peter A Netland. Association of International Glaucoma Societies (AIGS): The Global Glaucoma Network. USA.. Singapore. Bangalore. USA. MD. Malaysia. Government of India. Asia-ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) meeting. Lucknow. and the American Anaplastology Association. Savitri Sharma elected Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology for second term at 27th Annual Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists. Memphis. Snigdha. India. Gullapalli N Rao delivered Susruta Lecture at 20th Congress of Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Singapore. Taraprasad Das elected Science Secretary. India. Kuala Lumpur. Virender S Sangwan won Col V Rangachary Award for best paper at All India Ophthalmological Society meeting. of the University of Tennessee. Savitri Sharma nominated by Department of Biotechnology. Praveen K Nirmalan selected as Indian participant for US-Indo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. London. Geeta K Vemuganti won best paper (non PG category) award at annual meeting of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists. Taraprasad Das received Distinguished Service Award at Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress meeting. New Delhi. Asia Pacific Vitreo Retinal Society. Pravin Krishna received Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Ophthalmology at Singapore Eye Research Institute – Association for Research in Vision Ophthalmology (SERI-ARVO) meeting. Subhabrata Chakrabarti awarded International Society for Eye Research Fellowship. LVPEI faculty V S Sangwan and Gullapalli N Rao. Anil K Mandal selected as Indian participant for US-Indo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. USA. USA. New Delhi. India. Inderjeet Kaur won best paper award in basic science at 14th annual meeting of Indian Eye Research Group (IERG). Italy. Hyderabad. UK. won best poster award in clinical science at 14th annual meeting of Indian Eye Research Group (IERG). New Delhi. 58 . Washington. Florida. Ajit B Majji elected Joint Secretary of Vitreo Retinal Society of India for 2005-2006. Mumbai. Gullapalli N Rao delivered first Prof L P Agarwal Memorial Lecture at Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences. M Sharmila received International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation travel fellowship to attend ‘Vision 2005’. Hyderabad. USA. All India Ophthalmological Society for 2005-2007. Subhabrata Chakrabarti received INSA Young Scientist Medal of Indian National Science Academy. National Centre for Biological Sciences. DC. Florence. Ltd. India. Also nominated Coordinator for Twin Cities Pathologists meetings for 2005-2006. USA. Honorary mention at World Cornea Congress for LVPEI poster authored by LVPEI alumni Sushmita Shah and M S Sridhar. Singapore.Sarfaraz Khan received International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation travel fellowship to attend ‘Vision 2005’ at London. Gullapalli N Rao received the first G B Bietti International Award for Prevention of Blindness for outstanding contribution through creation of systems and models for the alleviation of avoidable blindness among the world’s most disadvantaged people from the Italian Society for Prevention of Blindness.’ at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). to the Institutional Board of Safety Committee of Shanta Biotech Pvt. India. 2006 – 2007 Subhabrata Chakrabarti nominated Member of Associate Advisory Board. Florida. Vilas Kovai received best prize for ‘Vision Centre’ concept paper presentation at conference on ‘Transforming India .Agenda for Research. Gullapalli N Rao selected as organizer for the US-Indo Workshop on Collaborative Research at Fort Lauderdale. Scientific Committee. Afia Sultana won a prize for a poster at the International Symposium on Human Origins & Genetics. UK.

Kuldeep Raizada appointed South India representative for Indian Optometric Association. Kuldeep Raizada appointed South India representative for Association of School & College of Optometry. Santosh Honavar awarded Dr Surya Prasad Rao Oration and Gold Medal by Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmological Society. Rajul Parikh invited to join Associate Advisory Board (AAB) of Association of International Glaucoma Societies (AIGS) for five years. Kuldeep Raizada invited as Peer Reviewer for International Journal of Anaplastology. Andhra Pradesh. C Madhavi Latha received Young Investigator Award (Merit) in basic sciences at the Asia-ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) meeting. Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital. Naresh Polisetty won Best Poster Special Award in clinical biochemistry (B Narsingarao). Convenor of first meeting of ROP interest Group in India. International Association of Lions Clubs. Panvel. Santosh Honavar elected Chairman. Illinois. India. Hyderabad. Bangalore. National Seminar on Stem Cells and Clinical Applications. Rohit Khanna selected to be part of a 3-member working group for selecting a regional training centre in each of the WHO regions and a centre in East Africa. V S Sangwan elected Honorary Secretary of Asia Cornea Society G Chandra Sekhar nominated for membership to Glaucoma Research Society (ICO). Geeta K Vemuganti elected President of Indian Association for Ophthalmic Pathologists. Geeta K Vemuganti Best Oral Presentation award for paper presented at the Stem Cell Research Forum of India and International Stem Cell Meeting. G Srinivas selected for Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). Geeta K Vemuganti elected Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences. India. Singapore. Soundarya Lakshmi Madhira won Best Poster award at 11th International Conference of Asia Pacific Association of Surgical Tissue Banks. G Chandra Sekhar received Best Speaker award at international conference. Oak Brook. South Asian Retinoblastoma Group. Geeta K Vemuganti received Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. USA. under VISION 2020: Right to Sight initiative. Las Vegas. National Meet of Society of Biological Chemists (India). Inderjeet Kaur received Young Investigator Award (Merit) in basic sciences at Asia-ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) meeting. Singapore. Nagarjuna University. USA. Santosh Honavar received Dr Siva Reddy International Award and Dr R Hanumantha Reddy Award for Best Paper from the All India Ophthalmological Society. Gullapalli N Rao awarded International Blindness Prevention Award 2006 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Naresh Polisetty won Young Scientist and Best Paper award. Geeta K Vemuganti appointed Life Patron. Canada. Vancouver. Laxmi Eye Institute. Gullapalli N Rao continues to be Member of SightFirst Advisory Committee. 59 . Kakinada. Rishi Swarup awarded Best Paper of session at 65th annual conference of All India Ophthalmological Society. New Delhi. Rawalpindi. Somasheila Murthy appointed treasurer of Uveitis Society of India. G Chandra Sekhar elected President of Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society. New Delhi. specifically in the field of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Society for Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering. Prashant Garg appointed international advisory member of Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.Taraprasad Das installed as President of All India Ophthalmological Society. Guntur. Mumbai. Hyderabad. Hyderabad. Joveeta Joseph received IAMM Junior Best Paper Award at XXX National Congress of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM). Pakistan. Somasheila Murthy appointed reviewer of Expert Review of Ophthalmology. India. V S Sangwan received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Ajit B Majji elected Secretary of Vitreo-Retina Society of India. USA. first session held at 65th annual conference of All India Ophthalmological Society. Nagpur. Hyderabad. Subhadra Jalali appointed member of All India Ophthalmological Society Task Force on Strategies to prevent childhood blindness in india. Usha Gopinathan elected Vice President of Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) for the triennium 2007-2010. Rishi Swarup nominated AP State Ophthalmic Society Representative to All India Ophthalmological Society Leadership Development Program.

Subhabrata Chakrabarti invited to join Editorial Board of International Glaucoma Review (IGR). Subhabrata Chakrabarti received Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award from the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). San Diego. G Chandra Sekhar installed President of Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society (APOS) and Chairman of Ophthalmic Association of South Indian States (OASIS). Rajul S Parikh appointed associate editor for Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice. Australia. for 2007-2009. California. an NGO. Gullapalli N Rao presented ANR Swarna Kankanam 2007 Award by Raga Saptha Swaram. Cornea & External Disease. New Delhi. Raja Narayanan received International Ophthalmologist Education Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dhanbad. Subhabrata Chakrabarti appointed Editorial Board Member of International Glaucoma Review (IGR). Kolkata. A K Mandal received ‘Pascal Video Award’ at XVII annual conference of Glaucoma Society of India. Orissa. 60 . Subhabrata Chakrabarti appointed Editorial Board member of Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice. USA. Taraprasad Das elected to Retina Section Program Committee of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Ajit Babu Majji won best presentation award from Delhi Ophthalmic Society. USA. Gullapalli N Rao awarded Doctor of Medicine (honoris causa) by University of Melbourne. Taraprasad Das received Honor of Vision Award from the Ahmednagar Academy of Ophthalmology.2007 – 2008 Soumyav Basu won Dr KR Dutta award for best free paper at Eastern India Zonal Ophthalmic Congress. USA. Geeta K Vemuganti elected Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. V S Sangwan appointed to international steering committee of LUX Biosciences for Uveitis and Corneal Transplantation drug development programs. V S Sangwan awarded Biotech Products and Process Development and Commercialization Award 2007 by Government of India. V S Sangwan appointed section editor. Hyderabad. Geeta K Vemuganti honoured for 5 best photographs by Ophthalmic Photographic Society at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) symposium and congress. New Orleans. Taraprasad Das received honour award from Orissa Gourav Samman Ruchi Prativa Foundation. Rishi Swarup received Raghavachary award for Best Paper at the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society (APOS) and the Ophthalmic Association of Southern Indian States (OASIS) conference. Geeta K Vemuganti awarded Biotech Products & Process Development and Commercialization Award 2007 by Government of India. V S Sangwan appointed Editorial Board Member of International Ophthalmology Journal. Chitra Kannabiran appointed to Editorial board of Journal of Genetics. Roshmi Gupta won Best Paper in Orbit Session at joint meeting of Oculoplastics Association of India (OPAI) and Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (APSOPRS). V S Sangwan nominated for American Academy of Ophthalmologists Honor Award for 2007. Gullapalli N Rao given 2007 Pisart Vision Award by Lighthouse International. New York. for British Journal of Ophthalmology. USA.

Publications 2002 – 2007 .

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