Dr S Parija, MBBS, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FAMS, FICAI, FABMS, FIMSA, FISCD, FIAVP, FICPath is Director-Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry having nearly three decades of teaching and research experiences in Medical Microbiology. Prof Parija was sent on deputation by Govt. of India to set up and establish the departments of Microbiology & initiate an integrated Clinical Laboratory Services at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal, of which he was the founder head between 1995-98.
Prof Parija was awarded WHO fellowships for study of DNA probes, PCR and other molecular biological methods in the study of parasitic diseases at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Prof. Parija is a member of Research Advisory Board of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal, the member of Board of MD Examination in Parasitology, Colombo University, SriLanka, and the visiting Professor of the College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Quaboos University, Oman.
He is the author of four books ‘Text Book of Medical Parasitology’, ‘Textbook of Practical Microbiology’, ‘Stool Microscopy’ and ‘Sputum Microscopy: a Practical Manual’. He is also the editor of a book ‘Review of Parasitic Zoonoses’ and two monographs’, ‘Immunizing agents for tropics: success, failure and some practical issues’ and ‘Kala-azar: epidemiology, diagnosis and control in Nepal’. Prof Parija has published more than 189 papers both in the National and International journals of repute. Some of his papers are quoted in textbooks and serial publications.
Prof Parija was the first to demonstrate that parasitic antigens are excreted in the urine in hydatid disease and cysticercosis, and urinary antigen could be detected for diagnosis of these two diseases. He developed for the first time the carbon-immunoassay (CIA) and staphylococci adherence test (SAT) as two simple rapid diagnostic methods using a light microscope, rapid IHA, protein A IHA, dot-ELISA for serum antibodies in the diagnosis of amoebic liver abscess, hydatid disease, cysticercosis and lymphatic filariasis; and co-agglutination (Co-A), latex agglutination test and CIEP for the detection of antigen in the serum and other body fluids in the patients with amoebic liver abscess, cysticercosis and hydatid diseases.
In recognition of his immense contributions in research in parasitic diseases, Prof Parija has been honoured with several awards both international and national. The international awards include BPKIHS Internal Oration Award 1977 conferred by BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal, for overall contributions to the vision, mission and goal of BPKIHS and contributions in the field of Microbiology and Parasitology; and Man of the Year 1997 by the American Biographical Society, USA for overall contributions to the society. The National awards include Dr BC Roy National Award of the Medical Council of India 2003 for contribution to the development of Medical Microbiology, DR PN Chuttani Oration Award 2007 of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr S.R.Memorial Award 2003 of the Bombay Veterinary College Alumni Association, Dr SC Agarwal Oration Award 2001 of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Dr BP Pandey Memorial Oration Award 1998 of the Indian Society for Parasitic Diseases for research in tropical diseases, Prof BK Aikat Oration Award 1998 by the Indian Council of Medical Research for diagnosis and Epidemiology of parasitic diseases, Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award 1992 by the Indian Council of Medical Research for serodiagnosis of hydatid disease at less equipped laboratories, Third Dr Datta Memorial Award 1999 by the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, IAPM (Orissa chapter) Oration Award 1993 by the Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists (Orissa Chapter) for the development of simple immunoassays in the diagnosis of parasitic infections, Smt Kuntidevi Malhotra Award 1990 by the Indian association of Pathologists & Microbiologists for his research work on amoebiasis , Dr S S Misra Memorial Award 1987 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences for serodiagnosis of amoebic liver abscess at primary health centre level, Young Scientist Award 1986 by the Indian Association of Medical Microbologists for serodiagnosis of amoebic liver abscess at primary health centre level, and Best Scientific Paper Award 1987 by the JIPMER Scientific Society.
Professor Parija is the Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Internet Journal of Parasitic Diseases, Associate Editor of BMC Journal of Case Reports, and member of the Advisory board many on-line Journals, and reviews regularly for the international journals such as The Lancet, Acta Tropica, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine, etc .He has been serving as the member of the editorial boards of various journals both International (Parasitology International, BMC Infectious Diseases, BMC Pathology and Health Renaissance) and National (Journal of Veterinary Parasitology, Journal of Parasitic Diseases, Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, and Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology, Journal of Biosciences).
He has been conferred with various fellowships such as FAMS, FICPath, FABMS, FICAI, FISCD, FIAVP and FIMSA by professional bodies. Prof Parija has visited many countries, delivered invited talks in parasitic diseases at universities, institutions conferences, seminars, etc. and has chaired scientific sessions in the international as well as national conferences. He has guided both MD and PhD students and has been examiner for MBBS, MD and PhD of various universities.