Chairperson & Convener

Dr. Abhishek Srivastava

Dr. Guhan Ramamurthy

Neuro - Rehab

Neurorehabilitation is the science and art of adding life to the years to patient with neurological disorder with a view to restore to his previous self prior to the insult or compensate in the best possible way. The restoration lies in tapping the potential of neuroplasticity through behavioral interventions and other emerging technology dependent modalities. The emergence of technology in the recent decade has revolutionized the realm of Neuro-rehabilitation. The discipline requires a multidisciplinary team with a collaborative problem solving approach and patient being at the center of decision making process. Neurorehabilitation is not a single event and rather a continuum of care. The advancements in rehabilitation have focused on improving the restorative neurology, returning the patient to the premorbid status with social and economic life.



1st Joint national conference of Indian Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation-IFNR & Neuro-rehabsubsection of IAN was organized by Department of Neurological Rehabilitation & Department ofClinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru at NIMHANS convention centre from 1-3 rd April 2016.
The conference was attended by more240 delegates consisting of Neurologists, Physiatrists,Neurosurgeons, Clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and Speechtherapists among others, working in the field of neurological rehabilitation.
The academic program was a scientific fiest, well appreciated by all the participants. Ist day of theconference was dedicated to 7 workshops which ran parallel in 2 halls. The topics were as follows;

1. Ultrasound guided intervention pain management (Hands-on)
2. Botulinum toxin in post-stroke spasticity (Hands-on)
3. Seating and wheel chair assessment
4. Cognition in court: Bed to Bench
5. Workshop of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
6. Splinting in Neurorehabilitation- Trunk control following Stroke
7. Trunk control following Stroke

Second day of conference had dedicated session on Stroke & rehabilitation, Head Injuryrehabilitation, Cerebral Palsy and management, Neuromodulation in spine-origin pain, a workshop inGait analysis and free paper sessions. Icing on the cake was 3 orations by eminent persons in thefield of Neurology/ Neurological rehabilitation.

A. IFNR oration was delivered by Professor Shobini Rao, Retd. Professor & Head, Dept. ofPsychology, NIMHANS
B. Chair Neuro-rehab subsection of IAN oration delivered by Professor Subhash Kaul, President of IAN
C. Key note address delivered by Professor Suranjan Bhattacharjee, Ex-Director of CMC Vellore,former HOD Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, CMC Vellore.

Again other than the plenary sessions, the scientific activities took place in two halls simultaneously.

Inaugural function was organized on the same day. NIMHANS Director presided over the functionwith Registrar being the special invitee. The chief guest of the function was Mr. SwamiSwaminathan, CEO, Manipal Healthcare services and the guest of honour was Mr. RaghavendraRajkumar, Famous celebrity, film star and a stroke survivor.

Last day (3 rd April) started with IFNR presidential oration delivered by Dr. Nirmal Surya. This wasfollowed session on behavioural rehabilitation in Neuropsychiatric conditions. There were sessionson Music therapy in cognition, Aphasia-Diagnosis & management afterwards.

Great enthusiasm was shown by delegates in participating in scientific program. We had 21 free-paper podium presentations and 47 e-poster presentations in total. In each category, 3 best papersand posters were awarded with mementos & certificates.

It was the first national conference of neuro-rehab subsection of IAN. The fact that we were able toorganize it separately from IAN during Ist year itself speaks volumes about the sincerity anddedication of the whole team entrusted with the task. I believe it was hugely successful. Great zealwas shown by IAN members, physiatrists and other neuro scientist. I sincerely expect it to becomeregular annual fixture with initially in joint collaboration with IFNR with more and more neuroscientists from different sub-specialities participating in bigger numbers in the coming years.


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