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Mycobacterial Diseases Research Directorate (MDRD)

Background MDRD

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute was established with the main purpose of conducting research in leprosy particularly in leprosy immunology and had contributed a lot towards the global control efforts in 1980's. Following the decrease in prevalence of leprosy and as a result of TB becoming the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, AHRI expanded its research effort towards TB and it has been the major research area of the institute in the last three decades. Since the re-establishment of AHRI in 2016, research activities in TB and leprosy are being managed by the Mycobacterial Diseases Research Directorate (MDRD). The mission of MDRD is to generate scientific evidences in TB and leprosy that contribute towards diagnosis, prevention and control of the diseases. Most of ongoing and newly initiated research activities in MDRD address epidemiology of the diseases, diagnostics, therapeutics and characteristics of the etiologic agents including host-pathogen interactions. Considering the current gaps in early detection of the diseases particularly of those "asymptomatic" ones, the directorate takes "early diagnosis of TB and leprosy" as a flagship. Major areas of Research at MDRD The Directorate categorizes its research activities under five thematic areas: 1. Basic Biomedical Research 2. Diagnostics 3. Biomarkers 4. Epidemiological Research 5. Operational Research