WCNR 2018: ‘NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase’

At 10th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai, an interesting session on molecular mechanisms of recovery was conducted. The session was chaired by Dr Mickey Selzer, Padma Shri awardee Dr Ashok Panagariya and Dr Madakasira Vasantha Padma. The session witnessed a large number of keen audiences who were eager to learn and educate themselves about the molecular mechanisms of recovery.

WCNR 2018: ‘NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase’

  • Advances in basic neurosciences and in clinical practice are changing the lives of many patients and helping them to reintegrate into society.
  • The multidisciplinary approach to neurorehabilitation, which includes neurologists, physicians, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, rehabilitation engineers, basic neuroscientists and many other professionals will be well reflected in the programme and in the direct involvement of the Special Interest Groups.
  • At the 10th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai, an interesting session on molecular mechanisms of recovery was conducted.

Dr Ashok Panagariya, Professor Emeritus, Neurology, Member, Chief Minister’s advisory council, honorary neurologist – Armed Forces of India, Chairman- DISHA- Institute for specially abled, Member Press Club, Jaipur said, “Treat the disease specifically. The basic fundamental is to just treat the disease but to treat the human being. So, you have to treat the man with the disease. And the components are — when we know that body, mind and brain are connected, it means the kind of reassurance, a clear diagnosis and specific treatment. So, all the components need to work out together.”

WCNR 2018: ‘NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase’
Dr Ashok Panagariya

He added, “NeuroRehabilitation is an important aspect for any kind of diseases. More  with neurological diseases as they are associated with a lot of morbidities and they are chronic diseases. Rehabilitation not only supports the basic medical treatment but also creates optimism in human mind. That ultimately adds to the recovery.”

Talking about Indian scenario he said, “NeuroRehabilitation is in the beginning phase. The number of trained physiotherapist is growing. Still, there is a long way to go. As, the number of patients is more and the time devoted is less. More and better physiotherapists are needed. Also, we should pick up the advancement.”

As per Dr Panagariya, stress is the major killer. Therefore, live with a positive mindset and sleep well. If you eat less, you live longer. The concept is to if you eat 10% less you 20 years longer.

Dr Mickey Selzer explained about the role of local protein synthesis in CNS axon regeneration: Does its absence explain failure of regeneration in mammals? While, Dr Stanley Carmichael briefed about the short circuits in the brain – White matter repair and recovery.

Dr Naren Ramanan said, “Vinculin is a focal adhesion (FA) protein. In many tumours, cells down-regulate the expression of vinculin. Very little is known about the role of vinculin in neurons.”