A five-day international workshop on neuroscience began at the United International University in the capital Saturday.
The Computer Science and Engineering Department of UIU hosted the workshop with the objective of creating a platform for the medical and engineering students of Bangladesh and the Asia Pacific region interested about neuroscience.
The workshop would, hoped the organizers, widen the understanding of basic neuroscience and neural engineering for translating this knowledge into clinical neuroscience for research and development and using the therapies for the rehabilitation of neural disorder.
The first IBRO-APRC Bangladesh Associate School of Translational Neuroscience and Research and BRAIN symposium was sponsored by International Brain Research Organization, the premier global organization on human brain, said organizers.
Inaugurating the workshop, Bangladesh Society of Neurosurgeons president Kanak Kanti Baura said that there was a time when only four neurosurgeons dealt with the neurological problems facing the patients in Bangladesh.
Now, he said, 137 neurosurgeons were working in the country and that the nation could look forward to getting the service from many budding neurosurgeons.
Kanak, who teaches neurosurgery at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, said that the year 2050 would be a milestone for neurosurgery in Bangladesh.
Oxford University neurosurgery professor Tipu Z Aziz said that gone were the days when Bangladesh had only four neurosurgeons, no city scanning and MRI facilities and life-saving medicines were scarce.
Neurosurgeons’ job is to restore the lost functions of human brain, said Tipu a British of Bangladesh origin.
Professor Tipu , who did his specialization on Parkinson syndrome, said that over three lakh patients of the disease got back normal life after surgery.
BSMMU neurosurgery professor ATM Mosharraf Hossain expressed the hope that the international workshop would widen the horizon for the neurosurgeons in Bangladesh.
UIU vice chancellor M Rezwan Khan, provice chancellor Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman and IBRO_APRC chair Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun spoke, among others.
UIU officials said that out of 89 researchers from seven Asia Pacific countries who had applied to take part in the workshop 25 were invited.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Country