(Top) Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamadé, Head of NSRC at JPMC, delivering her keynote address during the Second International Neurological Conference in Brunei Darussalam held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam yesterday. (Above) Some of the participants attending the conference. Pictures: BT/Yusri Adanan
THE Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (NSRC) at JPMC, is aiming to expand its facilities whilst strengthening their efforts in the realm of scientific research and education in collaboration with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), German's Krankenhaus Nordwest Hospital and Heidelberg University.
Speaking about the expansion of NSRC's facilities, Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamadé, Head of both NSRC and the Head of Krankenhaus Nordwest (KHNW) Hospital Department of Neurology said, "We are working on reinforcing the new rehabilitation section for stroke patients, as well a continuing to improve our outpatient rehab, by visiting the homes of the patients and assisting families to support the patient"
NSRC is also looking at' 'increasing the number of beds and enlarging the capacity as we are very frequently occupied to full capacity" due to the high demand. NSRC currently has eight intensive care beds for intubated patients and 15-25 normal beds.
Current arrangements mean that NSRC is often having to take beds from other departments because of the high number of patients, Professor Datin Dr Uta said.
JPMC is also planning to build upon the success of telemedicine between NSRC and KHNW Hospital, which involves the modern use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance, eliminating distance barriers and improving access to medical services that would often not be consistently available otherwise.
"JPMC, KHNW, UBD and Heidelberg University are currently undertaking scientific research and projects, offering a really unique chance to combine different sources of knowledge and specialities. Having successfully used telescience for medical cases to discuss patients, we will now use it to discuss scientific issues," she said.
One of the areas of the cross country research will be examining the differences in the experience of strokes of patients in Germany and Brunei.
"There are differences (between Bruneian and German cases) from what we have seen, patients experiencing a stroke are much younger in Brunei than in Germany, by an average of ten years," said Professor Datin Dr Uta.
She added, there is also a difference in the nature of strokes, with Bruneian patients experiencing swelling of the brain only a week later after stroke, compared to the common cases in Germany, where those experiencing a very dangerous stroke experiencing swelling within two days.
Biological or genetic factors may be at play, hinted Professor Datin Dr Uta, but research is needed to qualify any theories or suggestions.
Since April 2012, three scientific projects in cooperation with Krankenhaus Nordwest, JPMC, University of Heidelberg and UBD were initiated. Preliminary results attracted attention in international conferences and have been also published in scientific journals.
The NSRC was officially launched by His Royal Highness Prince Hj 'Abdul 'Azim on July 19, 2010, representing a realisation of the vision of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to have a world-class centre for neuroscience, stroke and rehabilitation in the country.
The NSRC was set up only within three months with the assistance of Professor Datin Dr Uta and Germany's Krankenhaus Nordwest Hospital.
The Brunei Times