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Dr. Arun K. Sharma

Director

ICMR-NIIRNCD Jodhpur

Dr Arun Kumar Sharma assumed the charge of Director on 5th April, 2021. Dr Sharma holds a MD in Community Medicine from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. He obtained MBA (Health Care Administration) from the Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Delhi. Previously he served as a faculty in Community Medicine for 28 years and headed the department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics at University College of Medical Sciences for more than 10 years. He is a guest faculty at Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and Occupational Health Consultant to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and other PSUs. He had been awarded Department of Health Research visiting scholarship to University of Illinois (Urbana- Champain) in 2015 for training in GIS and Spatial epidemiology, Rockefeller ICOWHI Scholarship in 2010, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship to study Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Mental Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA, in 2004-05, WHO Travel fellowship in 2002. He has more than 70 research publications. He has supervised 27 MD and Ph. D. dissertations. His current research interests are environmental health, spatial epidemiology, and chronic respiratory illnesses. Previously his research work was on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, malnutrition and reproductive health. He is the President of Society for Indoor Environment and associate editor of Indian Journal of Public Health.

The institute is located in Jodhpur and it replaces the erstwhile Desert Medicine Research Centre. As the name suggests, our focus is on conducting research to identify and innovate methods to tackle the rising threats of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCOs have a wide spectrum. It encompasses all body organ systems as well as the psychological states. The diseases have myriad pathology, including chronic inflammatory conditions, malignant changes, immunological disorders, genetic pathologies to name a few. Equally diverse are the clusters of risk factors that contribute to pathogenesis of non-communicable diseases. The risk diversity is not restricted to life styles and human behaviour but also span the geography, climate, weather and other physical factors. Out understanding of etiopathogensis of several NCDs are evolving and to effectively prevent, control and treat, we need to continue to research and explore these complex phenomena in greater detail and with more sincerity.There are impacts of communicable diseases on their organ system which fall in the domain of Non-Communicable diseases. In order to explore and understand this relationship, we need to develop an interface between communicable diseases & non-communicable diseases. This is especially relevant due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where the viral infection is causing damage to organ systems like pulmonary fibrosis, vascular thromboembolism, and mental health changes. The task is humungous and the challenges are formidable and therefore the resolve, commitment and efforts need to be matching in competency, dimension and reach. It requires cooperation from all domains of humans living on this planet. I welcome all those who have the capacity, skill, strength and above all, aptitude and willingness, to come forward to join hands with us to develop feasible solutions and implementable ideas and convert them to actionable policy recommendations, so that the battle against NCDs are won and the human race lives a better, disease free life in times to come.