Dr Dinakantha Kumararatne: Immunology
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Dr Dinakantha Kumararatne

Immunology

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About me

Dr. D S Kumararatne [D.Phil (Oxon), FRCPath], is the Consultant Immunologist and head of the Department of Clinical Immunology at Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrookes) in Cambridge, U.K. He has built up this service, from a single handed service to one of the largest clinical Immunology centers in the UK. He is an (Hon) Associate Lecturer, in Clinical Immunology, at University Of Cambridge Medical School. He qualified from the Medical Faculty in Colombo, Sri-Lanka, with First Class Honours in 1972 and completed his Immunology training at the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow, and Birmingham. He was Consultant Immunologist and Reader in Clinical Immunology at the University of Birmingham from 1984-2000. His major interest is the diagnosis and management of patients with Primary Immune Deficiency, and has resulted in many publications in high impact journals.
His research encompasses identifying the genetic, and immunological basis of defects in the immune system resulting insusceptibility to infectious diseases. His work has led to the identification of novel lifesaving therapies for immunodeficiencies which resulti in susceptibility to bacterial infection. He established and directs a national specialist laboratory for diagnosing rare immune deficiencies, based at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
He is the author of the Chapter on Immunodeficiency in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.
He was the Training Programme Director for Clinical Immunology in Birmingham (1994-2000) and is the current Director of the equivalent training programme in Cambridge.
He is the Chairman of the panel of Examiners in Immunology for the Royal College of Pathologists.
He was given a life-time achievement award by the UK Primary Immunodeficiency network, the UK professional organisation for improving care for patient with Immunodeficiency. Under his direction the Clinical Immunology Service at Cambridge University Hospital has been recognized as a Primary Immunodeficiency referral center by the international patient support organization, the Jeffery Modell Foundation.

Areas of interest

Immunodeficiency, especially Primary Immunodeficiency, Susceptibility to recurrent infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Urticaria, Angioedema including Hereditary Angioedema, Vaccination and side effects, Immunoglobulin therapy.

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