Silicon Chip and treatment
of neurological disorders

KARACHI: The ability of brain cells to connect with silicon chip has raised the hops of using neurochip implants to operate artificial limbs, restore impaired vision besides repairing a wide range of brain functions affected by neurological disorders like Stroke, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. This was stated by Prof. Naweed I. Syed while making a presentation at Aga Khan University Hospital last week.  Prof. Naweed is currently working Cell Biology and Anatomy Department of University of Calgary, Canada.

Speaking on Brain-machine hybrids: exploring new frontiers, he focused in detail on his discovery and its future prospects. Brain, he opined, was the fastest growing organ in the human body and even small changes can affect its development. As such it is important to understand various stages of brain development. He also explained how brain cell grew an formed a network but the problem is that brain is not just a structural entity but also a functional unit and exhibits high form of plasticity. Damaged parts of the brain can be bypassed and lost brain connections can be restored with the help of such devices. He also talked about mind controlled devices. He further opined that time was not far away when implantable medical devices could alert users about potential seizures, heart attacks or sudden sciatic attack.

Global organ trade
discussed at SIUT meeting

KARACHI: A three day joint session of visiting Australian doctors and SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) on the subject of urology, nephrology and transplantation concluded here last week. During various sessions the four member team of Westmead Hospital Sydney comprising physicians, surgeons and other medical professionals carried out an extensive exercise along with their Pakistani counterparts of SIUT on variety of subjects related to urology nephrology and transplantation. The prominent topics which came under discussion were social and psychological issues of transplantation, training workshop for nursing staff in the specialized treatment, pediatric issues 

Prof. Jeremy Chapman Director of the renal medicine at Westmead Hospital who was leading the visiting team in his paper dwelt with overall scene of global organ trade but he focused his study mostly in developing countries. He pointed out on the basis of monitoring report which indicated that in Pakistan the trend had showed decline till 2013 but has resurfaced in recent two years. Prof Chapman said there is need of effective role on the part of government, medical professionals and advocacy groups to check the growing menace.

Professor O'Connel who is the head of clinical medicine in his paper drew parallel of transplantation scenario between Pakistan and developed countries. Others who took part in the discussion and presented papers included Dr. Jan Swinnen, Dr. Germaine Wong and Deborah Knagge, Professor Adib Rizvi Director, Professor Tahir Aziz.(PR)

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