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Foundation for Neglected Disease Research is organising a Conference on Advancements in Rabies and KFD Research on June 14, 2024. This one-day event brings together scientists, clinicians, policymakers, and industry experts to discuss and address the pressing concerns surrounding two critical zoonotic diseases, Rabies and Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD). The sessions will cover national policies, epidemiology, diagnosis challenges, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, vaccine and antiviral interventions for both diseases. 

Date: June 14, 2024
Time: 8.30 AM to 5 PM
Venue: Hotel Shangri-La, Bengaluru


Morning tea starts at 8.30 AM at Krishna Hall, Shangri-La. 

Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

The conference is free-of-charge for the attendees.

Prior registration is mandatory. Registration will close on May 31, 2024.


8.30 AM Tea

9 AM Welcome

Welcome Address

Dr. Shridhar Narayanan,

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Neglected Disease Research

9.15 AM Session 1 - Rabies

Keynote Address - Rabies Control in India

Dr. Simmi Tiwari,

Joint Director and Head, Centre for One Health, National Centre for Disease Control,

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Challenges and Advancements in Rabies Diagnosis and Control in Animals

Dr. Shrikrishna Isloor, Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology,

Veterinary College Bengaluru, KVAFSU

Dog mediated human rabies free India by 2030: Issues and challenges in human  rabies prophylaxis and management

Dr. M K Sudarshan, 

Founder President and Mentor, Association for the Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI),

Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru

11 AM Tea

11.30 AM Session 2 - Rabies

Rabies: Clinical manifestations and Diagnostic approaches

Dr. Reeta S Mani,

Professor and Head, Department of Neurovirology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)

Development of Twinrab, a Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail Product for Passive Immunization against Rabies

Dr. Mukul Jain,

President & Head, Nonclinical Research and Development, Zydus Research Center, Zydus Lifesciences Ltd

Rabies Vaccines: Case studies and target treatments

Dr. Sunil Goel,

Additional Director - QC, Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd

Antiviral Screening platforms for Rabies drug discovery

Dr. R K Shandil,

Director & Chief Scientific Officer, Foundation for Neglected Disease Research

1.30 PM Lunch

2.30 PM Session 3 - Kyasanur Forest Disease

An insight into Pathoepidemiology of Kyasanur Forest Disease of monkeys in Karnataka

Dr. Kavitha Rani B,

Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary College Shivamogga, KVAFSU

Replicon-based screening platforms for KFDV and emerging viruses

Dr. Shwetha Shivaprasad,

SERB Ramanujan Fellow, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru

Medical Interventions (Vaccines, drugs and diagnostics) against KFD: Current Status and Challenges

Dr. Pragya Yadav,

Director in Charge, National Institute of One Health, Nagpur

Scientist F and Group Leader, Maximum Containment Laboratory, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV), Pune

4.30 PM Closing Remarks and Tea

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