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Teaching:

Teaching is a major part of the Department’s mandate and mission. The scope of our curriculum has considerably expanded over the last few years. It currently includes teaching and training postgraduate students pursuing MD Pathology, DM Neurology, Mch Neurosurgery, DM Neuroradiology, MPhil and PhD in Neurosciences in various aspects of neuropathology including neuroanatomy, histology, neurooncology, infections, neuromuscular pathology, neurodegeneration and ultratsructural pathology. The faculty are also resource persons to several CME, symposia and conferences throughout the year. There are also workshops, symposia and conferences conducted in the department.

Courses conducted:

The department currently offers DM in Neuropathology (newly initiated), Post doctoral fellowships in Neuroathology and in Transfusion medicine and PhD programs in neuropathology for graduates/postgraduates. Short term training for technicians to learn specialised neuropathology techniques like muscle enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemsitry, histotechniques and electron microscopy are also available.

DM in Neuropathology, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropathology &Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine:

Two seats in DM (Neuropathology), two fellowships in Neuropathology and two fellowships in Transfusion Medicine are available annually (refer Prospectus for more details). The candidates are chosen through a competitive online entrance exam. The DM course is of 3 years duration and the PDF coursesare of one year duration and starts on 1st July every year. The students are trained in diagnostic aspects of neuropathology and exposed to research activities. During the period they rotate for brief postings through allied branches of Neuroradiology, Neuromicrobiology and Neurovirology. They actively participate in routine work, assist in diagnosis, undertake autopsies, participate in teaching sessions of our department and allied departments. At the end of their fellowship it is expected that they would be able to independently handle diagnosis of neurological disorders. During their tenure they have to undertake a research project designed to provide exposure to research methodology and translate into publications in peer reviewed journals.

The candidates gain proficiency in diagnostic neuropathology from the extensive exposure to large number of neurooncology and neuromuscular biopsies received for diagnosis. Paarticipation in the bi-weekly clinicopathologic slie sessions and brain cutting conferences with the neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology colleagues provides insight into clinical, radiologicaland therapeutic implications of diagnosis. The clinical autopsy rotations provide fellows exposure and training in the techniques of brain removal, anatomy and evelaution of cause of death. The abundant surgical and autopsy material provides ample opportunity for research.

In Transfusion medicine, from 2014 onwards two fellowships have been instituted. The post doctoral fellows undergo training in routine operations of Blood bank, with special emphasis on blood component reparation and its uses, therapeutic plasma exchanges and immunohematology. They would be expected to learn administrative aspects, quality control and maintenance and compliance with requirements of NACO and NBTC.

Current students enrolled :

Sl No Course Name of the Candidate Date of commencement
1 PDF in Neuropathology Dr  Rajalakshmi L July 1st 2014
2 PDF in Neuropathology DrAnirudhan TN July 1st 2014
3 PDF in Transfusion Medicine Dr Sukanya Baruah July 1st 2014

PhD in Neuropathology:
Currently there are 5 PhD students in the department of Neuropathology and recently one student was awarded the PhD degree. The candidates are either selected on the basis of a competitive national level entrance examination conducted by the Institute, or after an interview if they have scholarship from CSIR, UGC and other government funding agencies (refer Prospectus for more details).  The PhD students in the Department ofNeuropathology are carrying out advanced research in the fields of Neurooncology and Neuromuscular disorders.


Additionally, the faculty are co-guides for several PhD candidates of Cinical Neurosciences and other departments.

 Currently enrolled:

Sl No Name of the Candidate Title of the thesis Guide Remarks
1 Lt.Col.Dr KS Rajmohan Molecular Stratification of Adult Anaplastic (WHO Grade - III) Lobar Gliomas Guide:  Dr Vani Santosh
Co- Guide:Dr Paritosh Pandey.
Ongoing
2 Mrs.SunithaB Immunohistochemical and immunoblot analysis of autosomal recessive limb girdle muscular dystrophy (AR-LGMD)- Emphasis on Dysferlinopathies Guide: Dr. GayathriN
Co-Guides: Dr.MMSrinivasBharath, Dr.NaliniA, Dr.ThangarajK
Ongoing
3 Mrs.RashmiS Protein aggregate myopathies- genetic,proteomic and pathophysiological analysis and dissection of disease etiology using Drosophila model Guide:Dr. GayathriN
Co-Guide: Dr.NaliniA
Joined
4 Ms. KruthikaB.S. Analysis of gene expression profiles in the peritumoral regions of glioblastoma and functional characterisation of novel biomarkers” Guide- Dr.Vani Santosh
Co-Guide: Dr. Yasha TC
Joined
5 Mr Debashish  Roy Development of Zebrafish as model system to study the etiology and pathophysiology of actin mutaions that cause nemaline rod myopathies in humans Guide:Dr.GayathriN
Co-Guide: Dr. Yasha TC
Joined

Workshops:
Beginning in year 2012, annual hands-on workshop in Electron microscopy have been conducted
1. Hands-on workshop in Neurochemistry and Electron Microscopy- 16-19th July 2012
No of participants     =    12
Co-ordinator(s)
Dr.GayathriN (Neuropathology)
Dr.B.K.ChandrasekharSagar (Neuropathology)
Dr.M.M.SrinivasBharath (Neurochemistry)

2. 2ndHands-on workshop in Neurochemistry and Electron Microscopy-15-20th July 2013
No of participants     =    12
Co-ordinator(s)
Dr.GayathriN (Neuropathology)
Dr.B.K.ChandrasekharSagar (Neuropathology)
Dr.M.M.SrinivasBharath (Neurochemistry)

3. Workshop on “An Introduction to Electron Microscopy as a diagnostic tool” in collaboration with ILQA Bangalore, 1st February 2014
No of participants     =    11
Co-ordinator(s)
Dr.B.K.ChandrasekharSagar
Dr.GayathriN

4. 3rdHands-on workshop in Neurochemistry and Electron Microscopy 14-19th July 2014
No of participants     =    19
Co-ordinator(s)
Dr.GayathriN (Neuropathology)
Dr.B.K.ChandrasekharSagar (Neuropathology)
Dr.M.M.SrinivasBharath (Neurochemistry)

Transfusion Medicine Centre:
Manpower development has been major focus of the section
1.    Transfusion Medicine Centre (TMC) was recognized by NACO as a training centre for training all blood bank staff in Karnataka.  Annual intensive training programs are being conducted from the year 2002.
2.    TMC is also recognized by State Blood transfusion counsel as training centre for the state of Karnataka.
3.    Training for blood component separation is recognized by the State Drugs Control Department.
4.    TMC is also the main training center for Blood Storage Centre of Karnataka State under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
5.    Haemovigilance Programme of India (HVPI) under the aegis of National Institute of Biologicals & Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, conducted a workshop on Hemovigilance on 28 Sept 2013.

6.    Several annual workshops are conducted for the blood bank fraternity.


Faculty trained:
Several Consultant Pathologists from various Institutes (To name a few-Nizam’s Institute of medical Sciences-Hyderabad,  CIMS-Nagpur, Apollo Hospital-Hyderabad, MS Ramaiah Medical College- Bangalore, RML Hospital- Lucknow), have undergone observorship/training in neuropathology in the department helping in initating diagnostic neuropathology or updating knowledge.

Technician’s  training:
Technicans have been trained in the sophisticated technique of Muscle enzyme histochemistry. This has helped in setting up this specialized facility in several centres –CMC-Vellore, NIMS-Hyderabad,IHBAS- Delhi, KKCTH-Chennai, JIPMER-Puducherry, to name a few.

Conferences conducted:
1. ISNOCON 2012
DrVaniSantosh hosted the 4th annual conference of the Indian Society of Neurooncology at NIMHANS in April 2012. The conference theme was “Molecular Biology and Targeted Therapies in Neuro-oncology”, in keeping with the rapid growth in cancer research and care throughout the world. The conference attracted audience from all the disciplines involved in neurooncology and was well attended. A number of invited faculties from the leading international institutions from USA, UK and Europe attended this august meeting. Their vast knowledge and experience in the field of clinical and molecular neuro-oncology greatly benefited the participants, and enabled them to explore the most up-to-date information regarding current research and treatment of brain cancers.

2. 3rd Annual conference of SMRM , 2013
The 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine (SMRM) entitled “Mitochondria in Health and Disease” and a pre-conference workshopon “High-Resolution Respirometry(O2K)”was held at NIMHANS from 18-20th December 2013.


The meeting aimed at providing a common learning platform for basic scientists and medical scientists to elaborate and discuss the recent advances in various aspects of mitochondrial biology and its implications in health and disease.


The scientific deliberations of the conference spread over two days comprised plenary lectures   from eminent faculties (scientists and clinicians) both National (Hyderabad, Manipal, Madurai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kanpur, Faculty of NIMHANS)  and International (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Taiwan , Finland, US) working in the field. This also served a platform for young scientists and student participants to present their scientific work and  interact with faculties. A pre-conference workshop on “High-Resolution Respirometry(O2K)”was conducted by Prof. Erich Gnaiger from Austria on 18th December,2013and “Workshop on Biomarker Discovery and Development”, as part of the conference, was also conducted, which helped in understanding the latest advances in technology.Three Awards, best short presentation(1) and best poster(2) were distributed to young researches as a mark of encouragement.