A ‘Deep Brain Stimulator’ (DBS) will be jointly developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram.
BARC and SCTIMST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this purpose at Trombay yesterday, an official press release said today.
DBS involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of brain and the regular electrical pulses generated by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in upper chest regulates the abnormal impulses of the brain.
It is used in typical neurological conditions of Essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and Dystonia. The DBS consists of implanted pulse generator, electrodes and extension cables which interface with external programmer module and wireless battery charger.
These devices are currently being imported, limiting its wider usage due to the high cost. The planned joint development is targeted to provide an affordable alternative.
As per the MoU, BARC will develop the device as per specifications provided by SCTMIST. The latter will be responsible for clinical trials, testing and qualification. Electronics Division, Reactor Control Division and Centre for Design & Manufacture of BARC will participate in the development of various subsystems. The first prototypes are planned to be available in three years.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Asha Kishore, Director, SCTIMST, and Mr Y.S. Mayya, Director, Electronics & Instrumentation Group, BARC.