iit: How IIT Madras’s cutting-edge research on the human brain can help treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Prof. Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam(extreme right) with his team of senior scientists; image credit: IIT Madras

Synopsis

Using indigenous proprietary technology, scientists at the institute are slicing the brain down to one-fifth of a human hair to build a bank of images several times sharper in resolution than sophisticated MRI scans. These images can potentially provide path-breaking insights into the onset and progress of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The 600 acre campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, is home to hundreds of plant species and butterflies of myriad hues. Amid the thick shrubs, herds of deer lend to the tranquil ambience at the prestigious institution. A banyan tree here has acquired a size so huge that it is tough to tell its central trunk from the enormous aerial roots. Obscured under its shadow is a building buzzing with over a hundred scientists. Some of them

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