Bathinda: Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) under the patronage of Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organised a Webinar on “Brain at Risk”. On this occasion, Dr. Subhash Kaul, MD, DM (Neurology), FRP, Senior Consultant at KIMS Hospital, Hyderabad was the keynote speaker.
The programme commenced with the Welcome Address by Prof. Anjana Munshi, Dean Research, where she put a light on the topic of the webinar. While introducing the keynote speaker, she mentioned that Dr Subhash Kaul has also served as faculty of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad for the period of 27 years and he has published around 120 research publications in National/International Journals. She added, Dr Kaul is the past president of Indian Academy of Neurology and has handled many prestigious positions during his career.
Keynote Speaker Dr Subhash Kaul mentioned that the human brain has evolved over a period of time. He added, the brain is the most important organ of our body which drives everything in today’s fast-moving society and we need to take steps to preserve and protect it. He stated that almost every person get a healthy brain by birth but during the span of life this important organ of the human body gets slowly deteriorated due to external environmental factors, diseases & drugs, and negative thoughts. He described air pollution, mosquitoes, unwashed vegetables and stray dogs as environmental hazards to our brain as these factors can not only become the cause of various diseases but can also affect or neurological system. He stressed that medical drugs have to be taken in prescribed quantity and for a definite purpose otherwise it may also cause side effects.
Dr Kaul opined that neurological disability caused due to road accidents, brain strokes, and dementia is a hidden epidemic as in every minute 11 persons die in road accidents and millions of persons suffer from stroke annually. He advised to wear seat belts/helmet while driving, avoid using mobile phones and never drive in the condition of drowsiness. He pointed out that as per records of NIMS Hyderabad has recognised Stroke Registry hypertension, diabetes, smoking, high lipids, and prolonged infections as high-risk factors of brain stroke and suggested that a person should take necessary precautions under expert guidance to control these factors. He highlighted that ‘dementia’ is the lack of memory power and problem-solving ability of a person, which commenced in our body with mild cognitive impairment and becomes acute with the period of one to two decades. He emphasized that to avoid these neurological problems, we should keep our brain physically & mentally healthy by doing regular exercise, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and following a healthy diet routine.
Towards the end, Shri Kanwal Pal Singh Mundra, the Registrar gave the formal vote of thanks. This Webinar was attended by faculty, administrators, and students of the university.