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Bridging neurosciences with public health

Print edition : Mar 28, 2003 T+T-

ENDOWED by the T.S. Srinivasan family of the TVS Group of companies and headed by Dr. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas, an eminent neurologist, the T.S. Srinivasan Institute of Neurological Sciences and Research at the Public Health Centre in West Mambalam, Chennai, is a contemporary example of an independent, multi-disciplinary, non-profit-making healthcare provider, accessible to the weaker sections of society who cannot afford corporate healthcare.

Apart from serving the immediate community in Chennai, the institute has contributed to the education of neuroscience professionals and the public all over India by organising a series of visiting professorships and the T.S. Srinivasan orations consecutively for 23 years. In recent times, these have coincided with the organisation of themed workshops about major neurological disorders, epilepsy, Parkinsonism and most recently dementia. The workshops have brought many recent advances to the attention of Indian doctors and empowered the public with the latest information about common neurological disorders. The workshop on dementia in February 2003 succeeded in taking these interactions with the public a step further, through an Indian ballet depicting the problems of a person with dementia, and a public forum and panel discussion on "Dementia! We all know it exists: Why the deafening silence then?"

Significant recent developments at this institute include the establishment of an Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit and a linked chair in clinical research for Dr. E.S. Krishnamoorthy, an international expert in behavioural neurology; and the establishment of specialist multi-disciplinary services for dementia, Parkinsonism, epilepsy and other disorders with particular focus on comprehensive physical and emotional rehabilitation.