CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Prof. Dr. V. S. Ramachandran

(Born – Aug 10, 1951)

💠Indian Neuroscientist

His contributions…

🔹Ramachandran was born in Tamil Nadu. He pursued his medical studies at Stanley Medical College, Chennai and later completed his Ph.D. at Trinity College, Cambridge.

🔹After completion of his studies, he got appointed as an Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in 1983 and was subsequently promoted as a Professor during 1998.

🔹In fact, he is well-known for his optimal performance in Behavioral neurology and visual perception.

🔹He further did his ground-breaking research on Phantom limbs and invented a Mirror Box – the mirror visual feedback (mirror therapy) as a treatment for phantom limb paralysis.

🔹Moreover, he was recognized as one of the first scientists to conduct research by using Functional MRI for Color Synesthesia, which arise from cross activation between brain regions.

🔹He also researched about the fascinating role of Mirror Neurons, which explains the various human mental abilities such as empathy, imitation learning and evolution of language.

🔹Thereby, he declared that “Mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology.”

🔹Furthermore, he was the first to publish the “Apotemnophilia” (Body Integrity Dysphoria) as a neurological disorder caused by the damage at right parietal lobe of brain.

🔹He became well-known through his best-selling books:

🔅Phantoms in the Brain (1998)

🔅A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness (2004)

🔅The Tell-Tale Brain (2010)

🔅The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2012)

🔹Besides, he is very fascinated by Paleontology. While he was a young boy, he used to collect the sea shells and fossils and send his findings to the American Museum of Natural History. He has shown interest in unearthing the rarities required by the museum.

🔹Indeed, he purchased the Skull fossil of dinosaur for $10,000 and donated to science museum in 2009. In order to honour his work, that Dinosaur was given his name as Minotaurasaurus ramachandrani.

🔹Eventually, his consistent performance got him promoted to the present post of Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition  at the University of California and an adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute.

🔹Dr. Ramachandran’s meticulous role in medicine made him recognised as “A latter-day Marco Polo of Neuroscience and The Modern Paul Broca, journeying the silk road of science to strange and exotic cathays of mind”.

A Day to Commemorate

The Sherlock Holmes of Neuroscience

Prof. Dr. V. S. Ramachandran 🙏


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