On Monday, 20 June 2022, the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited IISc, inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research, and laid the foundation stone for the upcoming Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital on campus.
The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) was established with a generous gift from the Pratiksha Trust set up by Mrs Sudha Gopalakrishnan & Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan. CBR’s ambitious mandate is to carry out cutting-edge research on the aging brain and age-associated brain disorders. It is currently leading a comprehensive long-term study of cognition, genetics, and brain imaging in an aging population, involving patients and healthy individuals from both urban and rural India. The Centre is also the coordinator and principal contributor to the Department of Biotechnology’s prestigious national project, Genome India, involving 20 institutions across the country to understand India’s genetic diversity. With its array of mission-oriented projects and advanced research into the human brain, CBR will provide a platform for Indian neuroscientists to network and enable capacity building for interdisciplinary neuroscience research in the country. The Hon’ble Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for CBR in 2015.
The Bagchi-Parthasarathy hospital is being set up with generous support from philanthropists Mrs Susmita & Mr Subroto Bagchi, and Mrs Radha & Mr NS Parthasarathy. The hospital, along with a new post-graduate medical school, will leverage IISc’s century-old legacy of excellence to foster world-class medical research and education. The academic centrepiece will be an MD-PhD programme aimed at creating a new breed of physician-scientists trained simultaneously in IISc’s science and engineering labs as well as the hospital. The hospital and medical school are expected to set the tone for developing sustainable public health goals and policies for India, and create a model healthcare institution, one that integrates clinical research and training with quality and affordable patient care. This ambitious endeavour will create a new paradigm for medical research and education in the country.
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