Brain Health: ‘investing In Brain Health Will Take Computing To Next Level’ | Chennai News

Chennai: Investing in healthcare, particularly in brain health, will help scientists take computing to the next level, said Infosys co-founder Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan, who is a trustee of Pratiksha Trust.
Computers were initially modelled on the human brain so they could receive, store, process, analyse, and retrieve data, he said after receiving the Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre Lifetime Achievement Award, 2024, in recognition of his pivotal role in advancing medical research in general and brain research in particular.Computers are now considered smarter because they can process a billion things more than the human brain at a time. “Studying the human brain will give us deeper insights into not just different diseases, but also solutions to various computing issues,” he said.
Besides offering grants for scientific research to institutions, including his alma mater, IIT Madras, Gopalakrishnan invested ₹225 crore in 2014 to set up the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru. He recently announced an additional grant of ₹450 crore to the centre. The centre conducts various research studies, including how the brain functions in the fetus and the elderly.
He said he has been advocating for people abroad to invest in India, where nearly 20% of the world’s population lives. “The research output is good, and the labour is less expensive,” he said. The output people get is far higher and at a lower cost, he said, giving the example of Covid-19 vaccines, which cost ₹3 in India against ₹30 abroad. The generic medicines in India are of standard quality and yet cost-effective, he said.
The award was presented to Gopalakrishnan by Sankara Nethralaya chairman Dr. T.S. Surendran. Earlier, Gopalakrishnan inaugurated the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetes Museum in Siruseri.

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