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As part of the IANCON 2019, the 27th Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN), a 5 km marathon called ‘Run for a healthy brain’ was recently organized on 5th October 2019 in Hyderabad. The neurology awareness initiative was conducted by the IAN runners’ group and was supported by the Mindvision division of LupinLtd.
Over 300 Neurologist, from across the country participated in the event, which commenced at the Hotel Novotel and HICC Complex, near HITEC City, Hyderabad. The event was flagged off by noted Movie Director, Mr. S S Rajamouli, Music Director, Mr. M M Keeravani, Managing Director of KIMS Hospitals group, Dr. B BhaskarRao Garu and organizing chairman of IANCON 2019, Dr. Mohandas Surath, Also present were Dr Sita Jayalakshmi, organizing secretary of IANCON 2019.
As per statistics, the average prevalence rate of common neurological disorders in India is 2394 and ranges from 967 to 4070/100000 population with higher prevalence rate in rural compared to urban population. IANCON and the marathon are thus an attempt to increase awareness on neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain stroke, stress related head ache and the benefits of physical activity in preventing these and managing the symptoms. The theme for the run was colors of freedom.
Speaking at the event, Dr U.Meenakshisundaram, Executive committee member, Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) said, “We are happy to witness a huge participation in the 5 km marathon towards better brain health. We wish to raise awareness that neurological disorders can affect anyone and thus, it is imperative to keep the brain healthy – one of the ways for this being regular physical activity. Running specifically boosts cognition and brain health and makes it more resistant to stress. We hope to increase knowhow among people on these aspects through the event and encourage them to take up running as an extremely healthy form of activity.”
Adding further, Dr Nirmal Surya, Treasurer Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) and Founder Trustee & Chairman of Epilepsy Foundation India, said, “Aerobic exercise increases the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, causing the brain to generate new neurons. This not only improves brain function and cognition but also helps alleviate overall health. The event was an attempt at creating awareness around this and make people understand the benefits of activities like running.”
IANCON 2019 being held between 3rd and 6th October 2019 isdesigned to provide the academic activity of the highest order, comprising lectures, symposia and interactive sessions on cutting edge topics by reputed international and national faculty. It is also an opportunity for residents and young neurologists to present their research and interact with the experts. The conference updated all participants with state-of-the-art knowledge relevant to their daily clinical practice in the domain of neurology.