With the burgeoning cases in casualty, which had risen by 30 per cent in the last one year, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research will be re-doing its casualty ward in the next few months and subsequently convert it into a full fledged emergency medicine centre, said T.S. Ravikumar, Director of JIPMER.

In the near future, JIPMER would improve infrastructure to improve patient flow. It was also looking at reallocating staff for greater efficiency. In order to improve efficiency and bring in further changes to the casualty ward, the hospital was seeking the help of professors from the United States and Australia, Dr. Ravikumar told reporters on Thursday.

They would also be introducing a course in emergency medicine, which was the need of the hour. There were very few teachers in emergency medicine in the country, so they would also be working at capacity building in this area, he said.

The long-term plan was to make JIPMER an apex centre for emergency, trauma and disaster medicine in South India like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Ravikumar was speaking at a press conference to introduce the Indo-German Neurobionics workshop which begins on Friday.

Director of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and coordinator of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Torsten Fischer said the workshop was the start of a joint effort between Germany and India through JIPMER.

After the workshop, their collaboration would continue once they fixed a direction that included administrative framework and funding.

India and Germany had collaborations in many fields of science, but they were still lacking success in the field of clinical research. The hospital was hoping to establish an administrative framework through the workshop, he said.

The field of neurobionics was developing and although JIPMER had some basic equipment, they were hoping to expand their infrastructure. They were looking to tap resources from NIMHANS and other institutions in India and abroad, Head of the Neurology Department Sunil Narayanan said.

According to Roopesh Kumar, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at JIPMER, only around 30 per cent of the brain was understood. Through neurobionics, it would be possible to stimulate the brain and make it perform at an optimum level. This was especially beneficial in controlling diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers, he said.