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The Centre for Elephant Research is our country’s unique Elephant Research Centre which primarily focusses on Elephant Formulary.

The Centre for Elephant Research is made up of members from National and International Universities / Research Institutions / Forest Departments.

Conducted FIVE Elephant Conferences (Three National & Two International Elephant Conferences).

Centre for Elephant Research International & Advisory Committee

Dr. Susan K. Mikota

Diplomate American College of Animal Welfare
Director of Veterinary Programs and Research
Elephant Care International 166 Limo View Lane,
Hohenwald, TN 38462, USA
Dr. Janine L. Brown

Reproductive Physiologist
Head
National Zoological Park's Endocrine Research Laboratory
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Center for Species Survival (CSS)
MRC 5534
1500 Remount Road, Front Royal
Virginia VA USA

National Advisory Committee

Dr. Raman Sukumar

Professor and Chairman
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Bangalore, Karnataka State, India
Dr. Jacob Cheeran

Professor (Retd)
Senior Scientist (Drug Immobilisation)
HOD - Pharmacology and Toxicology College of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences Mannuthy,
Thrissur, Kerala State, India
Dr. S.R. Srinivasan

Professor (Retd),
Former Dean Faculty of Basic Sciences
Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University (TANUVAS) Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr. R. Sridhar

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Pathology Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS),
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India
Dr.M.G. Jayathangaraj

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine Madras Veterinary College (MVC)
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India

Dr.Kushal Konwar Sharma

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
College of Veterinary Science
Assam Agricultural University
Guwahati, Assam State, India
Dr.Arun Zachariah

Forest Veterinary Officer
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Kerala State, India
Dr.N.S. Manoharan

Regional Joint Director
Veterinary services
Coimbatore & Nilgiris
Government of Tamil Nadu, India
Dr.K. Senthil Kumar

Assistant Professor
Post graduate Research Institute in Animal Sciences
Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS)
Kattupakkam - 603 203
Tamil Nadu S, India
Mr.Parthasarathy

Chief Priest
Former Dharmakartha
Adikesava Perumal Temple (“Sri Ramanujar Temple”)
Sriperumpudur
Tamil Nadu State
India
Dr. E.K. Easwaran

Chief Forest Veterinary Officer
"EdamanaMatom",
Aruvikkara PO
Thiruvananthapuram Kerala state - 695 564 India
Dr. P. Sriram

Professor & Head,
Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology,
Madras Veterinary College,
TANUVAS
Chennai - 600 007
Tamil Nadu, India
Dr. Jawaharlal Singh

Professor, VMD / Additional DSW
Coordinator Wildlife Disease
Diagnosis & Health Management
Department of Veterinary Medicine (Wildlife Medicine)
College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (GBPUAT)
Udham Singh Nagar, Pantnagar
Uttarakhand
India
Marshal.C.Radhakrishnan

Elephant-Mahout Researcher
& Psychiatric Social Worker
APOLK ( LegalLitearacy Mission)
Camp :Kaniampal Road
Kunnamkulam-680503
Thrissur (Dt.)
Kerala State
India
Prof. Dr.Jaya Krushna Panigrahi

Secretary, Orissa Environmental Society
Convener, Odisha Science & Environment Congress
Member EC, Odisha Science Academy
Odisha
India

Steering Committee (SC) –
Centre for Elephant Research
Dr. V. Santhosh Kumar

Professor &
Founder Chief
Centre for Elephant Research
Chair - Steering Committee
VISTAS
Dr. P. Shanmugasundaram

Professor &
CEO
Centre for Elephant Research
Co-Chair – Steering Committee
Director
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. M. VijeyAanandhi

Professor & Head
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. Sathesh Kumar

Official spokesperson, Contact & Information
Centre for Elephant Research
Professor&Head
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. S. Jayakumari

Professor & Head
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS) VISTAS
Dr. T. S. Shanmugarajan

Professor
Advisor – Stem Cell Club
Department of Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS

Sub Committee

Dr. Malarkodi Velraj

Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Dr. A. Vijayalakshmi

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacognosy
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mrs. V. Jayashree

Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS
Mr. Ramachandran

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS)
VISTAS

Interschool / Interfaculty / Interdepartmental Advisory Committee - VISTAS

Mr. V. Sri Raman

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
School of Basic Sciences
VISTAS
Dr. P. Mahalingam

Dean
School of Languages
VISTAS
Dr. T. Ilango

HOD Civil Engineering
School of Engineering
VISTAS

PROJECTS

Projects Completed: 3

  • Elephants Treatment Protocol
  • Therapeutic wound management in elephants
  • Stress Hormones in Elephants

 

COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

International MoU with Elephant Care International, TN, USA (Sep 2017 – Sep 2025).

MAJOR THRUST RESEARCH AREAS

  • Elephant Wound Management (External)
  • Mucoadhesive Polymers / Floating Tablets (Sustained Release Oral Drug) for Elephants (Internal)
  • Antiprotozoal formulations for Elephants
  • Tranquilizers – Dose and Adverse Events (CVS) – New drug discovery
  • Stress hormone levels in Elephants (Hormone receptor antagonists).
  • Elephant Urine & Dung Analysis and other

indications of elephant dung.

  • Human Elephant Conflict Solutions

Contact

Dr. V. Santhosh Kumar, M.Pharm, Ph.D.

Professor, Elephant Research Centre

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPS),

Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS),

PV Vaithiyalingam Rd, Velan Nagar, Pallavaram, Chennai – 600 117, Tamil Nadu, India

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