New Delhi: Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia has signed an agreement with Medanta – The Medicity hospital, Gurgaon to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy in villages and remote communities across India.
Under the deal, neuroscience researchers from Swinburne University of Technology will help develop products and technologies that can be used to help local health workers diagnose epilepsy in the early stages and refer patients for treatment in urban centres.
This partnership will build on Swinburne’s existing research into epilepsy, which last year saw researchers pinpoint abnormal brain regions for epilepsy, offering promise for improved surgical treatment.
Professor Ajay Kapoor, pro vice-chancellor (international research engagement and development), Swinburne University of Technology, said, “Using technology to educate Indian health workers, we will be able to ensure that those suffering from epilepsy know where and how they can be treated properly.”
Swinburne has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to develop a ‘smart helmet’ that will reduce the incidence of head injuries for motorcyclists.
Currently, two thirds of road vehicles in India are two wheelers and thousands of people die on India’s roads every year. Many more also experience injury and trauma from motorcycle accidents, but people still do not wear helmets.
Drawing on research expertise within Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation Smart Health Hardware programme, the helmet will be lightweight, with cooling and connections to smartphones.
Kurt Seemann, director, Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University, said, “The smart helmet will address the issues that discourage people from wearing helmets.”
“We’re redesigning the helmet to meet the needs of India. We’re going to address the main issues that prevent people from wearing them. By creating a helmet suitable for a warm climate, at a low price, that’s upgradeable and uses smartphone technology, we have the potential to save many lives,” added Seemann.
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