International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) supported school on ‘Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration’ started today at Panjab University (PU)

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The five day prestigious school is being organized by PU Biochemistry Department and
would provide theoretical and practical training to young researchers from Asia-Pacific
region countries like Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Bhutan, Pakistan and India on
vide ranging topics related to role of mitochondria in nervous system. Mitochondrial
dysfunction is believed to play substantial role in wide spectrum of neurodegenerative
disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s Disease, Epilepsy,
Aging, Cancer, etc.
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot, Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof.  Raj
Bahadur and PU VC Prof. Arun Kumar Grover inaugurated IBRO/APRC school 2015.  Prof.
Rajat Sandhir, Dean Science Prof Naresh Tuli and large number of teachers, research
scholars, national and international delegates also participated in the inaugural ceremony.
The chief guest of the occasion and renowned orthopedic surgeon specialized in spinal
cord injury, Prof Raj Bahadur spoke about the importance of brain for the humanity. He
also spoke about various diseases associated with neuronal spine connection and the role
of mitochondrial dysfunction in disease progression of Myelomalacia, spinal cord
degeneration and vascular catastrophy cases. He boosted the morale of the young
researchers and gave details about of neuronal spine connection and its role in
neurodegeneration.
PU VC Prof Arun K Grover appraised the young brains about the importance of studying
mitochondrial role in degenerative disorders. He appreciated the importance of such
collaborative programmes, which enabled the young researchers from different part of the
globe to come close and translate their knowledge in the human welfare. He suggested
that public lectures should also be included in such programmes to bring the civil
society in picture to share their views, which will give a new direction to the human
research.

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