During his visit to Pune, the director general of the Armed Forces Medical Colleges Lt Gen Yogendra Singh argued for more stem cell research across India. He says more and more Armed forces center should come forward for stem cell research for stroke, neurodegenerative disorders and spinal cord injuries.
Singh was on his visit to inaugurate the four-day 57th national conference of the neurological society of India, NEUROCON 2008, organised by the city-based Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. He further said that stem cell therapy still remains beyond the reach of the common Indian as it is enormously expensive.
Based on the available data, Singh said there is an epilepsy population of 600 per lakh. Population of Parkinson’s includes nearly 200 per lakh and dementia constitutes nearly 35 per thousand of the elderly population.