Brain disorders such as autism and dementia could be better understood thanks to an international partnership that will research the conditions.
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore are to form a new centre to study disabilities that arise from alterations in brain development.
Autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities will be the initial focus of the Centre for Brain Development and Repair, which will be based in Bangalore.
In the longer term, the centre will train scientists to tackle major neurological disorders such as dementia, which can critically undermine quality of life and represents a growing and major public health threat in India.
The collaboration will be supported by the Indian Department of Biotechnology and will involve visiting professors from Edinburgh and Indian scientists working on joint projects in Bangalore and Edinburgh.