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EXPLAINED : INDIAN BRAIN TEMPLATES: NIMHANS

EXPLAINED : INDIAN BRAIN TEMPLATES: NIMHANS

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A team of neuroscientists from NIMHANS, has developed Indian Brain Templates (IBT) and a brain atlas.

About Indian Brain Templates (IBT) and a brain atlas

  • It will provide more precise reference maps for areas of interest in individual patients with neurological disorders like strokes, brain tumours, and dementia.
  • It will also help pool information more usefully in group studies of the human brain and psychological functions.
  • It will also help in understanding some of the psychiatric illnesses like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, substance dependence, schizophrenia, and mood disorders.

About NIMHANS

  • The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences is a premier medical institution in Bengaluru, India.
  • It is the apex centre for mental health and neuroscience education in the country.
  • It is an Institute of National Importance operates autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

About Brain Atlas

  • The first brain atlas known as the Talairach and Tournoux atlas, was created by manually drawing post-mortem brain sections of a 60-year-old French woman.
  • In 1993, Montreal Neurological Institute and the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM) created the first digital human brain atlas.

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