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About Dr. Shampur Madhusudana

Dr. Shampur N. Madhusudana, who served in the Department of Neurovirology at NIMHANS, Bangalore, was an accomplished international expert in Rabies.

Dr. Madhusudana started his remarkable career in the area of rabies prevention spanning more than three decades, as Assistant Director (Rabies division) at Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India. One of his major contributions to the rabies field during his service at NIMHANS was establishing a state-of- the-art rabies diagnostic laboratory, which is one of its kinds in the whole of India. In addition, under his able stewardship the department became the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Rabies.

It was Professor Madhusudana’s initiative to develop the intradermal vaccination, an economical approach to effectively prevent rabies, which is currently practiced in several anti-rabies clinics across the country. He also pioneered in conducting clinical trials for new rabies vaccines and in providing valuable insights into the pathogenesis of rabies through his research. In addition, Dr. Madhusudana conducted noteworthy research on development of novel vaccines. The numerous publications in reputed medical journals, innumerable national and international awards in recognition of his contribution to the rabies field, and the comprehensive book on rabies published by him stand testimony to Prof. Madhusudana’s commitment towards understanding rabies and its prevention. Prof. Madhusudana was an amicable individual with tremendous enthusiasm for sharing his wealth of experience in the field as a teacher and yet had a child-like inquisitiveness to learn more! Prof. Madhusudana has left an outstanding legacy for many among the younger generations to be inspired to pursue his efforts towards a Rabies free world!


Designation Professor
Associated with NIMHANS as faculty since (Month and Year) Monday, November 8, 1993
Employment History Working in Central health Service since October 1977 1977-1981 Central hospital, Asansol, WB 1981-1985 JIPMER, Pondicherry 1995-1993 Central Research Institute, Kasauli, HP 1993-2015 NIMHANS, Bangalore
Educational Qualifications MBBS, MD ( Microbiology)
Awards, Fellowships and Recognitions, Memberships
  • European Community Fellowship 1993 to work in Pasteur Institute, Paris
  • Best Paper award at 6th International Vaccine Congress October 2011 at Seattle USA
  • Life Time Achievement Award in 2012 for contribution in the field of rabies awarded by Association of Prevention and Control of Rabies in India
  • Editor of APCRI Journal 200-2005
  • Vice President of Rabies in Asia Foundation
  • Chairman, Rabies in Asia Foundation, India Chapter
  • Head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Rabies
  • Advisor to Government of India, ICMR for control of Rabies
  • Advisor to WHO for control and laboratory
  • Edited a special issue of Journal of Preventive Medicine on the topic of rabies
  • Written a comprehensive book on Rabies published by MacMillan publishers
  • PS Gharpure oration given at Hafffkine Institute, Mumbai on its 114 anniversary in January 2012
  • Founder member of Indian Academy of Vaccinology and immunology
  • Founder member of Association for prevention and control of rabies in India
  • Founder member of Rabies in Asia Foundation
  • Life member of Indian Association of Medical Microbiology, Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, Indian Immunological Society
Areas of Research Interest Neurotropic viruses: Rabies, Herpes, Measles Rabies: pathogenesis, Laboratory diagnosis, development of DNA and recombinant vaccines, Intradermal rabies vaccination, Immune responses in rabies , clinical trials on rabies vaccines, Antiviral drugs for rabies, Epidemiology SSPE: Immune responses in SSPE

Dr. Shampur N. Madhusudana

(20 th June 1953 -

2nd December 2015)

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