Skip to main content


By May 18, 2024May 23rd, 2024Chennai


As per this year’s theme tagline “Navigating MS together”, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India is entering into collaboration with IIT Madras – Brain Centre to find out the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. The awareness campaign of MS was conducted at TTJ Auditorium, IIT Madras on 18th May, 2024. The Five years of synergistic collaboration is expected to discover the cause of Multiple Sclerosis, a rare autoimmune disease which impacts the quality of life of MS person. The dignitaries on the dais were: Mr.M.M.Murugappan (Murugappa Group), Prof.Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam (Head of IITM Brain Centre), Dr.Rashmin Gandhi (Neuro-ophthalmologist), Mr.Sandeep Chitnis (National Secretary of MSSI) and Ms.Ann Gonsalvez (Secretary of Chennai Chapter). The Emcee and Profile reading for the event was Ms.Archana. The event started off at around 3:30 pm with Tamil Thai Vaazhthu by students of IIT Madras. Then, the digital lamp was lit up by the dignitaries on the dais. The Welcome address was rendered by the Hon.President of MSSI, Mr.Hemant Nerurkar via Zoom meet. Then, the Chief guests were welcomed to share few words about the significance of collaboration. Being a chemical engineer background, Mr.M.M.Murugappan’s humble speech about MS persons and their caregivers, MSSI and its members, the Collaboration of MSSI and IIT Madras – Brain Center, the other dignitaries were highly encouraging. Next, Prof.Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam shared about the background of IIT Madras-Brain Centre and its connection to the challenging brain disorders the importance of complex collaborative approaches of Biology, Engineering, Medicine, and Technology. His presentation about the complexity and structure of brain, the technological advancements in imaging the human brain to find out numerous diseases and neuro-degenerative disorders at earlier stages were highly insightful. An interactive and informal Quiz & knowledge sharing session by Dr.Rashmin Gandhi about the progression of science on human brain from fluidity to MRI and its treatment approaches and queries pertaining to MS from audience were really informative. The session was ended at around 5:30 pm with a Vote of Thanks by Ms.Ann Gonsalvez. A tour to Brain Centre was exhibited after high tea.

The Brain Centre impact on an MS person:

“Remarkable Visit to the Brain Centre at IIT Madras. I am writing to share my extraordinary experience visiting the Brain Centre at IIT Madras. It was a profound and enlightening journey that left a lasting impression on me.

The Brain Centre at IIT Madras is truly a cutting-edge facility, taking research in neuroscience to unprecedented heights. The innovative work being conducted there offers a fresh perspective on understanding the complexities of the human brain. During my visit, I was introduced to various ground-breaking projects and technologies that are reshaping our knowledge of brain functions and disorders.

The most remarkable part of the visit was the detailed and patient explanations provided by the researchers. They answered all my questions comprehensively, enhancing my understanding of the subject. It felt like an immersive tour inside the brain, revealing its intricate workings and the potential for new discoveries.

One of the most exciting aspects of their research is the focus on understanding the causes of multiple sclerosis (MS). The insights gained from their studies are paving the way for developing effective treatments and possibly even a cure for MS. I am optimistic that the advancements made at the Brain Centre will soon lead to significant breakthroughs in combating this debilitating disease.

My visit to the Brain Centre at IIT Madras was an eye-opening experience, showcasing the remarkable strides being made in neuroscience. I look forward to seeing the impactful outcomes of their research, particularly in addressing multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.”

Leave a Reply