Soon the first brain biobank at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar – The New Indian Express


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BHUBANEWAR: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar will soon have a brain biobank to facilitate neurobiology research. The one-of-a-kind facility in eastern India will be set up with funding from ICMR.

After the Molecular and Advanced Diagnostic Center for Fungi, which is being installed at the Mycology Laboratory of the Department of Microbiology, the Brain Bank will be the second advanced unit under the national working group project.

The Neurobiology Research Center of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, was the first to set up a brain bank in the country and that of Bhubaneswar will be established in collaboration with NIMHANS .

A brain bank is a repository for human brain tissue. The facility will be housed in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where the stored brains will be made available for research purposes.

AIIMS Director Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane said the institute received Rs 47 lakh from ICMR in the first phase to establish the brain bank. Assistance can be further improved as needed. “It will be the first such facility in the eastern region of the country and will stimulate research in neuroscience,” she said.

The satellite brain bank will collect and store fresh human tissue for researchers, especially those in the field of neuroscience. Brain donors with a history of neurological disease or post-accident trauma but free from neuropsychiatric disorders will be preferred.

With diseases related to brain disorders being on the rise in the country, research into degenerative and psychiatric diseases, neurobiology and neuroinfection will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of patients.

“Brain tissue is the key to research into various neurological diseases, as techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging scan the brains of living people and they cannot scan nerve cells. The effort will be crucial for it. ‘improved patient care in the future,’ said one neurologist.

Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr Suvendu Purkait, was chosen as the chief coordinator of the project. “The facility will ultimately help us understand the pathobiology of various neurological diseases leading to the diagnosis, prognosis, modification and development of new therapeutic strategies,” added Dr Batmanabane.

Apart from this, ICMR will spend Rs 2.5 crore on the Advanced Fungus Center which will provide referral services such as molecular identification of invasive fungal infections, antifungal susceptibility and detection in addition to monitoring of fungi. fungal epidemics.

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