Neuroscience researchers from Swinburne University of Technology on May 6 announced partnership with leading Indian medical organisations to address epilepsy and casualties due to road accidents to improve quality of life.
Swinburne University will work closely with Medanta, one of India’s largest private hospitals, to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy in villages and remote communities across India by developing products and technologies to assist local health workers diagnose early stage epilepsy and for referral in urban centres. The partnership is built upon Swinburne University’s existing research into epilepsy, which in 2015 saw researchers pinpoint abnormal brain regions for epilepsy, offering promise for improved surgical treatment.
Swinburne University also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to develop a cutting edge ‘smart helmet’ that will reduce the incidence of head injuries for motorcyclists.
Despite two-thirds of road vehicles in India being two-wheelers and many experiencing injury and trauma from motorcycle accidents, people still do not wear helmets. Drawing on research expertise within Swinburne University’s Centre for Design Innovation Smart Health Hardware programme, the helmet will be light weight, with cooling and connections to smartphones, to address the issues that discourage people from wearing helmets.
The recent partnership signings with India build on Swinburne University’s focus of meaningful international research engagement.