The Mycobacterium Research Laboratory was established in 1981 and has been fully engaged in cutting edge laboratory research in leprosy and has yielded more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal publications.
The laboratory at Anandaban Hospital is one of the most important research centres for leprosy in the developing world. It contributes to the development of improved diagnosis and treatment, and aims to enlarge the current knowledge base about leprosy. This enables evidence-based policy making decisions by organisations and governments relevant to leprosy-affected populations worldwide. Current projects carried out at the Anandaban laboratory include research to better predict and improve treatment of leprosy reaction, a simple diagnostic test for leprosy and research into leprosy drug resistance.