Understanding neuro disability

Published: 09th July 2013 11:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2013 11:19 AM   |  A+A-

Dr-Chris-French

TRIMED, billed as India’s first chain of integrated medical centres, in association with Neurokrish, held a discussion on neuro-developmental disability in children.

At the discussion, Chris French, from the University of Melbourne, delivered a lecture titled “How does the brain work?” The human brain is perhaps the most complex of organs, boasting between 50-100 billion nerve cells or neurons that constantly interact with each other. These neurons carry messages through electrochemical processes; meaning, chemicals in our body (charged sodium, potassium and chloride ions) move in and out of these cells and establish an electrical activity," said French.

Dr French talked about research carried out at cellular level ie patch clamping, real time optical imaging, genetic manipulation of animals and optogenetics. While highlighting the imaging research, he also showed a few examples from Functional MRI (FMRI) and MRI Tractography.

TRIMED also unveiled their new newly build centre in Velachery, which will help children with developmental disabilities by offering integrated treatment. E S Krishnamoorthy of TRIMED said that under the programme, a part of the cost of treatment of poor children would be borne by TRIMED.

“We hope to treat 500 children by the end of the year. We have already received funding for 300 children and hope that we will soon start with their treatments,” he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp