Volume 75, Number 3, September 2004 Paper CallOperational research in leprosy Editor’s Choice Editorials An evaluation of GAEL, the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Leprosy. K. L. Braber What lessons can we learn from the evaluation of GAEL? T. Durston Comments on the Report entitled ‘Independent Evaluation of the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Leprosy’. B. Ji Original Papers Measuring impairment caused by leprosy: inter-tester reliability of the WHO disability grading system. W. A. Nienhuis, W. H. Van Brakel, C. R. Butlin & T. S. Van Der Werf Neural pathology in leprosy during treatment and surveillance. D. Poricha, A. Mukherjee & G. Ramu Clinical, electroneuromyographic and morphological studies of pure neuritic leprosy in a Brazilian referral centre. M. R. Jardim, L. Chimelli, S. C.-R. Faria, P. V. Fernandes, J. A. Da Costa Néri, A. M. Sales, E. N. Sarno & S. L. Gomes Antunes Management of 34 chronic heel sinuses in leprosy, using a modification of a local rotation flap in Kolkata, India. J. Joshua & S. Sarkar Utility of serodiagnostic tests for leprosy: a study in an endemic population in South India. S.Sinha, S. Kannan, B. Nagaraju, U. Sengupta & M. D. Gupte Serial measurement of serum cytokines, cytokine receptors and neopterin in leprosy patients with reversal reactions. W. R. Faber, A. M. Iyer, T. T. Fajardo, T. Dekker, L. G. Villahermosa, R. M. Abalos & P. K. Das Mycobacterium leprae infection and serum lactoferrin levels. D. Muruganand, E. Daniel, G. Ebeneezer, S. E. Rabboni, P. Seggar & C. K. Job Obituary Jesus Faria Teaching Materials and Services TALC introduces CD-ROMs * Wellesley Bailey Awards 2005 * Steroid prophylaxis for prevention of nerve function impairment in leprosy: randomized placebo controlled trial (TRIPOD 1) * Books from Infolep News and Notes Update from Africa * 23rd Biennial Conference of Indian Association of Leprologists (IAL) * WHO tackles intellectual property rights, innovation and public health * American Leprosy Mission helps children from leprosy village *Andhra Pradesh Counsellors Project * Japanese team visits Bombay Leprosy Project * Seminar on ‘Alliance and Hope’ * News wanted!