The genetic tests would help in antenatal counselling preventing further birth of affected children in families and unveiling of newer pathogenic and therapeutic pathways.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences will soon establish the Centre for Advanced Research and Excellence for Childhood Neuro developmental Disorders.
The Centre of Excellence will come up at the Mother and Child Block at an approved amount of Rs 14.3 crore. The broad category of Neuro developmental disorders to be covered by the CoE would be Neuromotor impairments, Motor, language and cognitive delay and epilepsy. Vision and hearing impairments will be covered as comorbidities.
According to AIIMS Deputy Director Administration V. Srinivas, the proposal for establishing the CoE was conceptualised by a team of senior faculty led by Prof V. K. Paul and Prof Sheffali Gulati.
The state-of-the-art Centre will provide high quality affordable care, perform high end diagnostic and therapeutic research and act as an education and training hub.
The five key elements of the CoEare –Creation of a National Registry, National Knowledge and Training Centre, Advanced Diagnostics, Advanced Therapeutics& Rehabilitation and a helpline for Tele-consultation.
The National Registry will be the first of its kind in the country paving the way for meaningful research, policy making and advocacy for childhood neuro development disorders.
A standardised list of investigations for diagnosis of neuro developmental disorders would be developed including advanced genetic investigations in collaboration with Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. The genetic tests would help in antenatal counselling preventing further birth of affected children in families and unveiling of newer pathogenic and therapeutic pathways.
The Centre will focus on use of technology-aided rehabilitation strategies for children with neuro developmental disorders. This will be done in collaboration with IIT Delhi utilising textile technology and biomedical engineering. It will provide reliable and round the clock toll-free telephonic guidance.
The India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited as part of its CSR activities has collaborated for the purpose.
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