Newcastle neuroscientists visit Kolkata institute

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 15:22 hrs

Ram Gopal Chamaria Medical Research Center at Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata (I-NK) that collaborated with Movement Laboratory at Newcastle University (UK), on Friday organised an interactive follow up research plan session with a team of neuroscientists from Newcastle here.

As part of the collaborative effort, I-NK neurologist and director of the research center Hrishikesh Kumar, had visited Newcastle University last year and a research plan was formulated.

Together with the neuroscientists at I-NK, the experts are performing some cutting edge research work at the R.G. Chamaria research center and the follow up to the plan is expected to be carried for a week.

This collaboration is mutually beneficial and has been undertaken to help in stroke recovery and reduce the morbidity associated with Parkinson´s disease and other movement disorders.

The researchers are trying to study the role of various neural pathways in the recovery of chronic stroke patients. For this purpose they are using an innovative, wearable portable electromyogram machine (an i-pod sized device that records muscle activities continuously).

The team from Newcastle is led by neuroscientist Stuart Baker, known for his work in motor control (role of nerve cells in performing various activities). Other members of the visiting team are neurologist and electrophysiologist Mark Baker and engineer Filipe de Carvalho.

The I-NK research team is led by Movement Disorders specialist at I-NK Hrishikesh Kumar and is supported by Dr Asish Datta, Dr Sumitava Samanta, Dr Tridib Chaudhary, Dr Shobhana, Dr Alakananda Dutt, Dr Rajib Samanta, Dr Mona Tiwari, Dr Pritikanta Paul and Ms Banashree Mondal.

The research activities have patronage of R.P. Sengupta, CMD of Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata and Ravindra Chamaria, Chairman of Infinity group.

The Newcastle scientists group and neuroscientists of R.G. Chamaria Research Center at I-NK are also trying to expand the collaborative efforts to other fields of Neurology like Parkinson's disease, tremors, motor neuron disease, gait disorders and dystonia.

Hrishikesh Kumar said, "We are delighted to see the relationship move on in this way, and look forward to many exciting collaborations over the coming years, producing the first-rate new research which we urgently need to help our patients."

Stuart Baker noted, "In this field, here are no quick wins, or miracle cures - the brain is just too complicated for that. Instead we advance step-by-step, with scientific understanding building the foundations on which clinical benefit is built."

"That said, I think in 10-20 years time, we will look back and be surprised at how far we have come. The support and vision of far-sighted philanthropists like Mr Ravindra Chamaria is essential to move forward this endeavor," he added.

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