Milestones

2015

1.Organized the first lymphoedema session of International League of Dermatological Societies for the forthcoming 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, June 10-13, 2015 Vancouver

2. Editorial Board of Current Science approves a special section in Integrative Medicine to be edited by Dr. Narahari and Prof. Terence Ryan. Current Science is the leading interdisciplinary science journal from India published in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Sciences, from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

3. Post Graduate Medical Journal from UK invites Prof. Ryan and Dr. Narahari to write a paper on swollen legs based on experience of Integrative Medicine

4.Government of Kerala, through its budget allocation begins a centre for Integrative Medicine and Public Health in Institute of Applied Dermatology

2014

1.Double blind randomized control trial published for the first time in procedure based therapy of ayurveda by conducting study on Navarakizhi as muscle nourishing treatment in hemeplegia

2. LF specific quality of life tool was recommended for LF patients in India over WHODAS in PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014; 8: e2716. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002716

3. Nominated for BMJ India award, 2014 under the category ‘Primary Health Care under challenging circumstances’

4. Kerala state Government announces support to set up a center for IM at IAD in its budget speech (2014-15)

2013
  1. Sixth National Colloquium on Evidence Based Integrative Medicine for Lymphatic Filariasis and other Chronic Dermatoses..
  2. Oushadhi the Pharmaceutical Corporation Kerala Ltd and the Institute of Applied Dermatology have signed a memorandum of agreement to jointly hold inter-disciplinary research activities.
  3. The Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University (JSSU), Mysore and the Institute of Applied Dermatology have signed a Memorandum of agreement to conduct joint research progrmme in the field of Lymphatic Filarisis and Integrative Dermatology.
  4. The Central University of Kerala (CUK) Kasaragod and the Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to conduct joint research programmes in the field of integrative treatment.
2012

1.Compression therapy in Indian villages appears in the best practice document

2.Costing of the IM treatments study

3.Yoga protocol for upper limb Lymphoedema

2011

1. Education paper published in International Journal of Dermatology on Integrating modern dermatology and Ayurveda in the treatment of vitiligo and lymphoedema.

2. Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists awards Neutrogena oration to IM treatment for LF

3. Medical Camp based IM treatment for LF conducted in endemic villages of Kerala.

4. IAD moves to own premises.

5. Collaboration with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for developing a prognostic tool and image analysis software for Vitiligo

2010

1. IM treatment for LF appears in the half time report of Global Alliance for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis. .

2. Methodology for literature searching ayurveda published.

3. Department of AYUSH approves a community based Public-Private-Participation for IM treatment of LF in endemic villages.

4. First Yoga demonstration session as treatment for Lymphodema to international audience during the 2nd International Lymphodema Framework conference at Bridgton, UK

5. Collaboration with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for developing a prognostic tool and image analysis software for Vitiligo

2009

1.Systematic Review in Ayurveda, protocol and process began with DST funding .

2. Developed syllabus for dermatology nursing in India in association with Bournemouth University, UK.

3. An epidemiological survey to identify environmental and occupational determinants on Lymphatic Filariasis patients in 3 districts of Kerala.

2008

1. Special supplement on IM treatment of LF in Journal of Lymphoedema 2008.

2. Perspective on IM treatment for chronic wounds published in Wounds UK.

3. Protocol for structured patient examination in Ayurveda published.

2007

1.Integrated management of filarial lymphoedema for rural communities published in Lymphology 2007; 40: 3-13.

2.Chief Editor of Lymphology, the official organ of International Society of Lymphology, Prof. Marlys Witte, Arizona, writes editorial on IM treatment of LF

2006

1. Established collaboration with International Lymphodema Framework, London.

2. International advisory board formed

3. IM treatment of LF discussed in Medical Development Congress of Indian Council for Medical Research

1999-2005

1. First publication on Integrative Medicine (IM) in Current Science, 1999; 76:467 – 68.

2. Began behavior change program and research on HIV/AIDS prevention for high risk groups for local population

3. Institutional Ethics Committee formed

4. Presented integrative medicine protocol for treating HIV/AIDS to Union Health Minister, Prof. C.P. Thakur (before ART launch)

5. The first Presentation on Integrative Medicine and discussion with Prof. Terence Ryan in the First World ayurveda congress in Cochin

6. Prof. Terence Ryan, Emeritus professor of Dermatology, Oxford Green University, UK begins to mentor low cost, lymphoedema IM treatment program

7. Presentation on the first case report of treating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) using ayurveda and yoga during the 19th International Congress of Lymphology in Freiberg, Germany

8. Training on Evidence Based Medicine and systematic reviews in dermatology in Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, under a bursary of British Epidermo Epidemiological Society, UK and membership in Cochrane Skin Group

9. Obtained the first grant from Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment to set up IM skin clinic to treat chronic patients

10. Conducted the first national colloquium on IM for LF to obtain the peer review of clinical studies and treatment outcomes of IM for LF

11. Received the president’s award of International Society of Lymphology for IM treatment of LF

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