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23 Feb 2015
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PM Narendra Modi Keen about Progress in India’s Stem Cell Research

Last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited researchers from the Bengaluru Biocluster at GKVK Campus and showed a keen interest in the field of stem cell research to treat brain diseases.

PM Modi is a visionary who believes in the advancement of biological research in the country that can contribute to the development of Indian economy and public health. When Modi visited Japan last year, he met Nobel laureate Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and discussed about finding a remedy for sickle cell anaemia through stem cell therapy. Modi supports the development of Indian discovery science in order to boost the nation’s economy.

During his recent visit to Bangaluru Biocluster, he enquired about the progresses made in stem cell research and genetics. Biocluster includes 3 research centres in the country: Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inSTEM), National Centre for Biological Sciences and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms. According to ET, the PM spent almost an hour interacting with researchers to understand the role of stem cells in treating untraceable brain diseases.

While talking to ET, Sumantra Chattarji, Coordinator, Centre for Brain Development and Repair at inSTEM mentioned the importance of effective therapeutics for brain disorders. “Disorders of brain pose a growing health challenge to India. We are teaming up with Nimhans (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) to build a comprehensive research program in translational neuroscience “, she added.

This shows the promising future of stem cell research in India which can provide advanced stem cell treatment options for general populace of the country.

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