Department of Neurology
Neurology department which was started in 1986 moved to its current premises in Super Specialty block in 2009. It was headed by Dr Sunil K Narayan from inception until 2016 followed by Dr Pradeep Pankajakshan Nair till 2019. Currently the department is being headed by Dr Vaibhav Wadwekar. Department conducts DM Neurology, BSc Neurotechnology, MSc Neurotechnology and PhD courses. Approval has been obtained for starting postdoctoral fellowship courses both in Stroke management and Comprehensive epilepsy care. Apart from general Neurology/degenerative disease clinics the department runs subspecialty clinics such as Stroke, Epilepsy, and Neuromuscular clinic. These clinics have the highest patient attendance in JIPMER. Department has a stroke and acute neurology intensive Care Unit with 6 beds, a 20 bedded general ward, and 3 special ward beds. In addition we have a stroke recovery ward with rehabilitation facilities and an epilepsy monitoring unit, each with 4 beds. The department of Neurology is spearheading acute stroke care offering thrombolysis (so far 94 patients) and carotid intervention programs including stenting (so far 7 patients), and an epilepsy surgery program in collaboration with departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology (30 patients to date). State of the art equipment such as Cerebrovascular Dopplers, EEG, Video-EEG, Polysomnography, ENMG-EP, Tilt-table/Autonomic Nervous system lab, Computerized Cognitive battery, and basic clinical Neurobiology lab facilities like Microscope, Centrifuge, Deep freezer, ELISA reader, immunoblot, Autoclave, Laminar Air flow (Bio safety cabinet) and Nano Spectrophotometer are available in the department for patient care services and research. In addition to these we also have a Neurobionics facility with neurostimulation equipment (TMS and tDCS), and Functional Electrical stimulation. Other special neurorehabilitation services are also available like Robotic Motomed physiotherapy, Motomed arm rehabilitation system, Tyromotion balance system, Action Research arm training, Music therapy and mirror therapy.