Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases (MAC ID) was launched in the year 2016 with an aim of fostering research and training collaborations in the field of infectious and tropical diseases at MAHE.

Mission: To achieve excellence in infectious diseases research and training through interdisciplinary and international collaborations and to promote translation of knowledge into policy and practice.


  • To achieve excellence in Infectious Diseases Research
  • Hold educational activities in Infectious Diseases
  • Promote translation of knowledge into policy and practice
  • Faculty and student exchanges
  • International and Interdisciplinary collaboration

Achievements of MAC ID: Infectious Diseases Research:

Grants: Research Grants have been received from several funding agencies.

Projects: Multicentric international study - Determinants of Antimicrobial use and De-escalation in Critical Care (DIANA Study), participating centers: KMC, Manipal and KMC Mangalore - Completed


From 2016 – 2019 total MAC ID affiliated publications is 46

Total Impact Factor: 357.169

Educational Activities:

a)      Conferences

To promote continuing medical education in Infectious Diseases among various institutions and departments of Health Sciences in MU, MAC ID sponsors ID related conferences

From 2016 to 2019 – 19 Conference/CME/ Symposium/ Guest Lecture conducted


b)     Observing World Health Day

To promote awareness of various Infectious Diseases among health care professionals and public, MAC ID supports the observation of ID-related World Health Days.

c)      Student travel award

To promote interest in Infectious diseases research, travel awards will be awarded to students conducting research in the area of Infectious Diseases (ID) and presenting ID related study findings in conferences.

From 2016 to 2019 – 20 student travel was awarded.

Translation of knowledge into policy and practice


a.      Saravu K. Contributed to manual on Kyasanur Forest Diseases prepared by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka in 2019 (in press)

b.      Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Vandana KE, Saravu K. Invited editor for “Melioidosis CD Alert” by National Center for Disease Control, New Delhi - April 2019

c.       Dr. Kavitha Saravu delivered a presentation on “Clinical perspectives of KFD” at the National consultation on Kyasanur Forest Disease: An Emerging Pathogen in India” organized by National Center for Disease Control, New Delhi and WHO, India at Bangalore on 20-21st August 2019.

d.      Seed Grant Award

The goal of Manipal Center for Infectious Diseases (MAC ID) seed grant award is to encourage faculty members of MU in research in the area of infectious diseases and generate a critical mass of fundamental information/pilot data which can further help the investigators to develop proposals for extramural funding.

From 2016 to 2019 – 20 seed grants are awarded.

Faculty and student exchanges


a)      Student Exchange program (From McGill University)

5 Students from McGill visited MAHE for Projects

b)      McGill Summer Course

With aim of capacity building in research in Infectious Diseases and faculty exchange at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, MAC ID sponsors deserving faculty to attend McGill Summer Courses in McGill University, Canada.

From 2016 to 2019 – 9 MAHE faculty attend McGill Summer course

International collaborations

At present: collaborations with McGill University, Canada; Mayo Clinic, USA and University of Berlin, Germany

Major future plans of MAC ID

1.      Converting seed grants pilot projects into extramurally funded objective

2.      Develop new collaborations with other Universities

3.      Initiate short courses for training in infectious diseases


Dr Kavitha Saravu (Professor & Head, Department of Infectious Diseases, KMC, MAHE, Manipal) is the Coordinator.

Email ID: kavitha.saravu@manipal.edu