Parkinson’s disease existed in India since ancient times: Dr Nair

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2017 11:23:54


By Tara Chettur,

Dr Girish Nair, the Neurosurgeon who has performed world’s first stem cell trial procedure for Parkinsonism, is in Bhopal to explore the possibilities of taking stem cell procedure to cure other critical diseases.


Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, he said that Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder affecting patients in large numbers throughout the world. The first description of Parkinson disease (PD) was given by James Parkinson in early 19th Century, but the knowledge about this disease’s presence in India was since ancient times. There are only very few population-based studies determining the exact incidence and prevalence of PD in India. This is one of the main reasons he is planning to go to Mumbai next week to have a meeting with Indian scientists forum who has done research on this disease to investigate potential of stem cell procedure. Dr Girish Nair is Neurosurgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, and has transplanted stem cells into the brain of a Parkinson’s sufferer. He is presently working in Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. Dr Girish Nair has conducted a trial experiment by injecting stem cells into a brain, to treat Parkinson disease.

In September 2016, stem cells have been injected into the brain of a Victorian patient as part of a world-first trial to treat Parkinson disease at Melbourne hospital. Medical researchers with Dr Girish Nair and scientists have amazed the world with surgical techniques and technological advances. These medical miracles now include inserting stem cells deep into a patient’s brain in an experimental treatment for Parkinson disease. Sufferers experience tremors, shaking and slowness of speech from a disease that has no cure. Parkinson’s disease hope in a world first trial, stem cells were injected into the brain of a Victorian patient in a bid to develop a treatment for disease. Dr Nair is in Bhopal for personal reasons as he is married to Bhopal’s Sreevidya, daughter of Dr S A Pillai.