Mrunal Manmay Dash

In a bid to bolster neuroscience research in the eastern India region, the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar is all set to get a brain bank set up at its premise.

The AIIMS Bhubaneswar has already received funds from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to establish a satellite brain bank, the first of its kind in the eastern region that will boost research in neurosciences.

Rs 47 lakh has been received by the top medical institute for setting up a satellite brain bio-bank in the department of pathology and lab medicine, informed AIIMS authorities.

The brain tissues of all the age groups, who would donate their brains after death, will be kept in a repository which can be used in research activities later.

Dr Prabhas Kumar Tripathy of AIIMS said, “It is a proud moment for Odisha that ICMR has granted this to us. This is being set up in the collaboration with the National Institute Of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHNS).”

Speaking about the Brain Bank, Former Dean of AIIMS, Dr Ashok Kumar Mohapatra said, “We can’t keep a damaged brain in the bank. It should be intact for the students to study it.”

It is pertinent to mention here that this bank does not work towards brain transplantation. No other patient can get direct benefits from the bank. However, the research on brains can help many lives in the future.