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Richard W. Truman, Ph.D
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Dr. Richard Truman has more than 30 years of experience in leprosy research and has lead numerous national and international study groups. He is the former Chief of the Laboratory Research Branch of the National Hansen’s Disease Program, and Principal Investigator of the Leprosy Research Support program of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease. With his recent retirement from the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Truman now serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Truman’s primary research interests involve elucidation of leprosy transmission networks and the role of zoonotic reservoirs in perpetuating leprosy. He is an expert on animal disease modeling and molecular techniques used to monitor genetic variation in leprosy bacilli, diagnose the infection and assess drug susceptibility of various clinical isolates.


Hansen’s Disease in the United States Today

This presentation will include leprosy cases in the United States. The unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis. The importance of early diagnosis and treatment to prevent disability. A treatment protocol for uncomplicated leprosy and frequent immunological complications of leprosy that can result in morbidity and disability.


  1. Participants will learn the unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis
  2. Participants will learn about frequent immunological complications of leprosy resulting in morbidity and disability
  3. Participants will learn treatment protocols for uncomplicated leprosy, prevention of disability and management of the immunological reactions


  1. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Website Title: Health Resources and Services Administration: National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Program: Date Accessed: August 01, 2017.
  2. Sotiriou, Michael C., Barbara M. Stryjewska, and Carlotta Hill. “Two Cases of Leprosy in Siblings Caused by M. Lepromatosis.” American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 16.0076 (2016): n.pag. Web.
  3. Marcos, Luis A., MD, MPH, Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH, Sue Walker, MD, Elizabeth Rose, MD, William Waller, MD, and Barbara M. Stryjewska, MD. “Indigenous Cases of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Southern Mississippi”. Journam MSMA (2015); 189-91.

Core Competencies: 2, 3

Disclosures: Stock: Celgene, Inc.; Research Grant: IDRI, LLC

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