- International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), Executive Board Member (1999-06), Nominated Member of Membership Advisory Committee and Education Committee of ICNA (2006 to date)
- Member, Asian & Oceanian Association of Child Neurology, Japan (1987), Vice President, AOACN (2000-2002) and President, AOACN (2002-2004).
- Fellow, National Academy of Medical Sciences
- Fellow, Indian Academy of Pediatrics. (1995)
- Active Member, Child Neurology Society, USA (1995)
- Honorary Member, Muscular Dystrophy Association of India (1995).
- Life Member, Oxford & Cambridge Society of India, New Delhi (1991)
- Secretary, Child Neurology Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, India (1987).
- Life Member, Indian Association of Laser Surgery and Medicine (1996).
- Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (1979).
Outstanding academic background and medical teacher
Over 15 academic awards including two awards from Hon’ble President’s of India. Authored books and monographs, over 35 chapters in national and internationals books. Guided almost 50 thesis. Contributed to a new specialty (Pediatric Neurology) for the country, leadership in Pediatrics, research both clinical environmental contributed lead, contributed to societal upliftment through programmes, related to health theme impact of science & technology. Academic contributions, towards books & patient oriented literature, awareness in ublic media of common problems.International linkages for departmental development research & collaboration.
Developed multi media computer based kit for learning disabilities in two languages. This training resource has been copyrighted and used extensively. Environmental lead and impact on children evaluated in Delhi – the data generated precipitated government decision to unlead petrol. Leadership in pediatrics and development of pediatric neurology in the country, the first DM Pediatric Neurology programme in the country.
Original research in neuro infections evaluation of newer tests, evaluation of efficacy of Japanese B encephalitis vaccine, unavailing importance of neurocysticercosis (parasitic infestation) as the commonest cause of acquired seizures/epilepsy in healthy Indian.
Malnutrition and brain development, childhood epilepsy and neurocysticercosis. The results of these clinical researches have been extensively followed throughout the country. Contributed to development and monitoring of social programmes for weaker section, women and tribal areas for over six years. Honoured with Presidentship of Asian and Oceanian Child Neurology Association and Chairperson for International Child Neurology Association. Child neurology developed from scratch to this current well recognized international position today.
Impact of the contributions in the field concerned, basic or applied :
Demonstration of significantly elevated blood lead levels in healthy school children was the first pointer to the gravity of environmental lead and the need to reduce lead in petrol (our research result provided core data)
Neurocysticercosis as a cause of childhood epilepsy recognized as the commonest cause of convulsions in healthy school children was demonstrated for the first time in the country.
In childhood malnutrition the co-existence of reduced Vit E levels and its consequences on brain development was demonstrated. Supplementation reversed some neurological deficits. The need to supplement Vit E in childhood malnutrition, afflicting almost 30% of the Indian population, is a crucial research.
Institution of DM Pediatric Neurology in the country (first centre to introduce the course).
Development of large number monographs for patient friendly community use (lead, neurocysticercosis, learning disability, epilepsy, autism, development through activity) information on neuro diseases and medical books / chapters
- Contribution to books/chapters
- Recognition of frequency of learning disability and autism in the Indian context, hitherto unrecognized.
- Development of multimedia training kit for use in the Indian context copyrighted and used extensively.
- Participation in International research on neuro muscular diseases, childhood disabilities, Rett syndrome and childhood epilepsy.