Staff Reporter

ICMR to encourage young researchers: Director

KOCHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) would encourage young researchers in the country to achieve international standards, ICMR Director N.K. Ganguly said here on Monday.

In his speech at the inauguration of Sophisticated Brain Research Facility at the Department of Biotechnology in Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat), Dr. Ganguly urged the researchers to widen their area of study into new and emerging frontiers in science and technology.

He said that researchers should review latest developments taking place in the field of science. Scientists should also make efforts to interact with the common man. This would help in propagating research findings among the general public, he said.

The brain research facility set up at Cusat will be used for advanced molecular research in neuroscience. The facilities include stereotaxic equipment for infusion studies.

Stereotaxic equipment is used to locate and isolate specific areas of the brain where studies, microinjection and microsurgery are to be performed. The study initiated by the Centre will focus on the stem cells (bone marrow) of the same experimental animal to re-establish neural connections lost due to epilepsy, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's, C.S. Paulose, Head, Department of Biotechnology, said.

He said the neurobiology lab established at the Biotechnology Department has been carrying out research related to alcoholism, neonatal hypoxia, epilepsy, diabetes, regeneration studies, cancer, spinal cord injuries, stem cell research and herbal medicine for disease management.