India to host South East Asia’s 1st ever NeuroRehabilitation conference

World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) is all set to host it's 10th World Congress in India from 7th-10th February. This is the first time that the conference is being held in South East Asia. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmal Surya, founder of Epilepsy centre and a renowned name in the world for neuro rehabilitation and the president of WCNR said, it’s a big step for neurological experts as there is a larger need to ponder over these issues and find plausible solutions. This is also the first time for South East Asia where a multidisciplinary team is coming together revolving around patients in the centre. About 1,500 delegates will be present at the conference including 150 international experts and 750 presentation papers will be discussed

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Epilepsy in our country is a major problem. India is the capital of head injury. Neuro infection is largely increasing. Some neurological conditions are present from birth (congenital), some hereditary (genetic) and others have a sudden onset due to injury or illness, such as a head injury or stroke, or a cancer of the brain or spine. So, Dr Nirmal Surya is the one to look for.

He is also the president of Developing World Forum for Neurorehabilitation and has successfully able to bring World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation WCNR from February 7 to 10 in Renaissance Conventional Centre, Powai.

“Neurological problems are rising. Stroke is the third most common cause of death. Therefore, there is a larger need to ponder over these issues and find plausible solutions,” said Dr Surya on being asked about the salient features of the conference.

“Unfortunately, acute care is taken care off well but after the person is out of the hospital, there is nothing the patient has to look into. So, facilities for rehabilitation need to increase,” added Dr Surya.

Dr Nirmal Surya
Dr Nirmal Surya

Neuro rehabilitation is comparatively new in India and hence, facilities are limited. As a part of the conference, live botulinum toxin injections will be given to treat spasticity in Ramada, Powai.

This is also the first time for South East Asia where a multidisciplinary team is coming together revolving around patients in the centre, explained Dr Surya.

“We are masters in community care but we lack neuro technology,” he added.

This conference will highlight that if we take rehabilitation technologies forward, we will be able to do low cost rehabilitation. “We even have a session on low cost rehabilitation for patients,”  said Dr Surya.

Various interesting sessions will be held for budding neuro experts like music therapy to treat paralysis, robotics to treat paralysis, tele rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation across the globe, infections like dengue affect us. These sessions will be hosted by experts.

About 1,500 delegates will be present at the conference including 150 international experts. 750 presentation papers will also be discussed.

“Cochrane’s editor will be coming here for the conference. Cochrane is a big name for all scientific research work that gets published. Discussions of new technologies will also improve,” he said.

World leaders who pioneer the field of neurology will be giving special lectures on various topics.

“Music therapies to rehabilitate neurological disorders will also be discussed. This is an opportunity for our people to learn and understand new ways. I hope that in next 5 years, this conference will create a base for new technologies, therapies etc,” he added.

He concluded by saying, “I must thank everyone who helped me in fighting this struggle for our country. I have overcome multiple obstacles for this.”

 (Source WHO):

Neurological disorders are diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. These disorders include epilepsy, Alzheimer disease and other dementias, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke, migraine and other headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuroinfections, brain tumours, traumatic disorders of the nervous system due to head trauma, and neurological disorders as a result of malnutrition.

Many bacterial (i.e. Mycobacterial tuberculosis, Neisseria meningitides), viral (i.e. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Enteroviruses, West Nile Virus, Zika), fungal (i.e. Cryptococcus, Aspergillus), and parasitic (i.e. malaria, Chagas) infections can affect the nervous system. Neurological symptoms may occur due to the infection itself, or due to an immune response.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by neurological disorders. More than 6 million people die because of stroke each year; over 80% of these deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries. More than 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide. It is estimated that there are globally 47.5 million people with dementia with 7.7 million new cases every year – Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases. The prevalence of migraine is more than 10% worldwide.