Date of Joining Present Post: 01-09-2016

Address (Off):

CHENNAI - 600031 .
Telephone (off): 452-2534351, 2521718
Fax : 044-28362528
Email : drrameshskumar@yahoo.co.in, ramesh@nirt.res.in
Educational Qualifications:

  • MBBS
  • CRC


Research Experience:

Research participation:

  • Controlled clinical trial evaluating the short course (RNTCP) regimens in pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV infected Patients (Study 20 a)
  • Controlled Clinical trial of Preventive therapy for tuberculosis in HIV infected patients(Study 20 b)
  • Study of Efficacy and tolerability of Moxifloxacin and Gatifloxacin containing regimens in the patients with sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis (Study 22)
  • Study to assess the nutritional status of HIV infected patients and Nutritional intervention (Nutrition study)
  • Evaluation of safety and efficacy of two different once daily anti-retroviral treatment regimens along with anti-tuberculosis treatment in patients with HIV-1 and Tuberculosis. (Study 23)

Ongoing Studies:-

  • A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing Daily Vs. Intermittent 6 – month Short Course Chemotherapy in Reducing Failures & Emergence of Acquired Rifampicin Resistance (ARR) in Patients with HIV and Pulmonary Tuberculosis ((Study 25) [subject recruitment started] Role: Co -PI
  • Randomized clinical trial to study the effect and tolerability of 3- and 4-month regimens containing moxifloxacin in the treatment of patients with sputum smear and culture positive pulmonary tuberculosis (Study 24)[subject recruitment started]
  • Pharmacokinetics of anti-tuberculosis drugs in children: impact of age, nutritional status and HIV infection[subject recruitment started] Role: Co -PI
  • Study to evaluate the effect of Physician’s advice in quitting smoking in HIV and TB patients in South India – A Pilot study(Smoking cessation study) [subject recruitment started] Role: PI
  • Comparative Pharmacokinetics of rifampicin during daily and intermittent dosing in HIV-TB patients. [subject recruitment started] Role: Co -PI
  • HIV associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome in Children: Role of Nutrition, ART & Genes[subject recruitment started] Role: Co -PI
  • The impact of Anti Retroviral Therapy on economic and health status of HIV positive individuals taking treatment in government health facilities in Tamil Nadu, South India. [subject recruitment yet to begin] Role: Co -PI

Workshops/Conferences/Symposiums :

  1. Attended WHO Sponsored Short term Training programme for Doctors on HIV/ AIDS in National AIDS Research Institute (ICMR) Pune from 3rd to 7th September 2001.
  2. Participated in the 2nd National HIV Medicine Update held at Hotel Le Meridian, Pune from 11th to 12th January 2003 by CHART –INDIA (An Indo American Initiative by University of South Florida [USA] and Grant Medical Foundation, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune) 
  3. Attended Quality STI Training Programme conducted from 27th to 28th September 2003 by Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai/USAID/NACO.
  4. Attended National Conference on Management of HIV/AIDS in Resource restricted Settings held in Hotel Taj Residency, Mumbai from 20th to 22nd February 2004.
  5. Atttended Workshop on HIV Update held at Hotel saratha Rajans, Madurai on 15th and 16th July 2004 organised by VCTC, Madurai and Centre for AIDS Rehabilitation and Education.
  6. Participated in the Workshop on Biomedical information Retrieval from 14th to 17th December 2004 dealing about Biomedical Resources available through the internet as well as how to search the information from these sources, Organised by the National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Communications and information Technnology,Govt of India,NewDelhi. 
  7. Attended STD/HIV/AIDS PREVENTION EDUCATION (SHAPE) by Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai on 30.07.2005.
  8. Attended the Scientific Writing Workshop organized by University of Alabama from 21st to 24th Aug 2007 held in Tuberculosis Research Centre, Chennai
  9. Participated in the Good Clinical Practices (GCP) workshop organized by the National Institute oh Health (NIH), USA/ Family Health International (FHI) at the Hyatt hotel, New Delhi from 27-28 September 2007. 
  10. Participated in the Chennai ART Symposium (CART 2008) organized by YRG CARE, Chennai at Hotel GRT Grand days from 11-12 January 2008. 
  11. Participated in the Observational Studies workshop organized by the Indo-US Collaboration (NIH and FHI) held at Taj Residency in Lucknow from 10 – 12th December 2008
  12. Participated in Bio ethics symposium by YRG CARE, Chennai at GRT Convention Centre, Chennai on January 8, 2010.
  13. Participated in the Workshop on Impact Evaluation in Public Health Programs organized by National Institute of Epidemiology/SAATHI/ University of California- Berkeley held from 11-15 July 2011 at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai, India

Conferences/Workshop/CME programmes/Training in USA 

  1. Attended HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing: Core standards and Practice, from May 16th to 17th, 2006 at SSTAR, Fall river, Massachusetts, USA.
  2. Attended Advanced CME Course in HIV Pathogenesis, Antiretrovirals, and other Selected issues in HIV Disease management at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington DC, USA on May 19,2006,organized by The International AIDS Society-USA.
  3. Attended Regional TB Conference –2006 on May 25,2006, at Stonehill college, Easton, Massachusetts, organized by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  4. Attended 2nd Annual Vaccine Renaissance from June 7th to June 9,2006 held in Westin Hotel, Providence, USA
  5. Attended summer course in Biostatistcs and Epidemiology The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of public health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA from 3rd July 2006 to 7th July 2006 
  6. Attended the Grant workshop from 14th August to 18th August 2006 at Conference Center in Harvard School of Medicine, Boston ,USA.
  7. Completed six months of Advanced training in HIV/AIDS clinical trials from 3rd April 2006 to 3rd October 2006 in Miriam Hospital/Brown University, Providence, RI,USA

The paper titled “Impact of HIV Infection on Chest Radiographic findings in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis” which was presented at the National Conference on Management of HIV/AIDS in Resource restricted settings at Mumbai during Feb 2004 bagged the 2nd prize for the best poster presentation

  • Passed CRC (Clinical Research Coordinator) certification examination conducted by ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals)
  • Completed the CITI Basic course on Health Research(Ethical principles) on 26.09.2006 and scored 100% and also Refresher/recertification for the same in May 2009.
Foreign Visits:
    FROM 2006-03-30 TO 2006-09-30

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