December 17, 2016 3:33:44 am
Noted Korean neuroscientist Yoo-Hun Suh on Friday addressed the second International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Neuroscience School at Panjab University (PU). Professor Yoo-Hun Suh, who is the president of the Gachon Neuroscience Research Institute at Gachon University (Korea) delivered a talk on “pathogenesis, potential gene, drug and stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s” at a seminar. He discussed how BT-11, which is extracted from the roots of the plant polygala tenuifolia (the Indian plant, Neeli) improved memory impairments in rodents and can be used for therapeutics for patients with Alzheimer’s.
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Other international speakers also spoke at the seminar. Professor Samantha Hollingworth, from the school of Pharmacy, faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia discussed the pharmacoepidemiology of depression and selected neurological conditions in Australia. She said that mental and neurological disorders have a high burden of disease in Australia, especially depression and dementia. Australia has a national formulary for subsidised medicines called the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
She added that the use of these medicines is increasing, but there appears to be overuse of some medicines in older people who are at risk of polypharmacy and other related harms.
Professor Laxmi T. Rao from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, spoke on the effect of early life stress on the brain functions of children. She said that that adverse emotional experiences during early life have long-lasting impacts on behaviour in adulthood, and may increase the risk factor for the genesis of several psychiatric disorders.
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