India’s Brain Museum To get Digitalized!
July 21, 2017
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) has proposed to digitise the only brain museum in the country.
THE BRAIN MUSEUM
One would be fascinated as there are brains of various sizes, models and also of various species at the museum which were collected over several decades. Museum initially started in a single room housed at the neuropathology department. What began with about 200 samples has now grown into a collection of over 500. It houses brains of several birds, mammals, and humans. Those of a duck, mouse, rat, cat and cow can be seen among others. Brain repository also has parts of the brain that are stored at subzero temperatures and can be accessed by researchers for study free of cost. Notably, the oldest brain exhibited at the museum dates back to 1975.
MOVES FOR DIGITALISATION
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has sought funds to digitise its one-of-a-kind brain museum which houses over 500 brain specimens. The museum has proposed to install interactive virtual display and video modules alongside its specimens to explain the models. Dr Anita Mahadevan, associate coordinator of Human Brain Tissue Repository said that the proposed digitisation is in the lines with the ones seen abroad.