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Covid and the Connectome | Webinar

Covid-19 has altered the way we live- from remote work to online classes for students and how we conduct business. However, the physiological implications of this global health crisis on the people affected by it is something we are still trying to understand. We held a webinar titled, "Covid and the Connectome" on Dec 4, 11 am - 12 pm.


Access the webinar below!

Highlights from the webinar

Dr. Ajith Sivadasan | QnA

Dr. Pavithra Mannam | QnA

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Dr. Ranganayaki Sathyanarayanan

PhD in Neurochemistry, NIMHANS
Neuroscience Research Lead, BrainSightAI

Dr. Sathyanarayanan received her MPhil and PhD from NIMHANS in Neurochemistry and currently leads the Neuroscience Research team at BrainSightAI. She excels in neuroanatomy, physiology and biochemistry.


Her scientific expertise includes specialisation in neuronal cell culture, histology, basic bioinformatics involving analyses of whole genome mRNA expression and sequencing data. She is well- versed in several molecular biology techniques such as real- time PCR, ELISA, HPLC and confocal imaging.


Her research work has been published in reputed journals like Nature, Elsevier and Wiley. She has been a recipient of travel awards for conference presentations at International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders (France) and the 13th Gottingen meeting of the German Neuroscience Society (Germany).

Dr. Sivadasan is a professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore. He underwent training in Sleep disorders at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.


His interests include Neuroimmunology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular disorders, Autonomic function Disorders and Sleep.


He has over 24 publications in international peer reviewed journals and has written 4 chapters in books.


He has been awarded the Prof KV Mathai gold medal for best outgoing student DM (Neurology) and Jacob Memorial award for best outgoing MD (Gen Medicine).

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Dr. Ajith Sivadasan

Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
CMC, Vellore

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Dr. Naina Picardo

Professor, Department of ENT
CMC, Vellore

Dr. Naina Picardo is a Professor in the ENT department at CMC Vellore. She went to AFMC, Pune for her MBBS and pursued her MD in Otorhinolaryngology at CMC, Vellore. She is trained in surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, septal surgeries, endoscopic sinus surgeries, maxillectomies, microlaryngoscopy, myringotomy and grommet insertion, tympanoplasties, cortical mastoidectomies and modified radical mastoidectomies. paediatric airway surgeries, paediatric bronchoscopies, head and neck surgeries and cochlear implant surgeries. 


A recipient of the Modale Fellowship in 2013, she spent a semester in research training at KU School of health professions, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas, USA. During her time there she worked on ‘Normative nasalance with GE nasometer ‘and the other on ‘Effort and fatigue in a laryngeal speech’.


A keen researcher, she has been the primary investigator of 10 research projects and has published over 25 papers in peer reviewed journals national and international journals.


During the Covid crisis in India, Dr. Picardo volunteered to work in the COVID wards to help physicians with patient management. With the epidemic of Mucormycosis, she worked with others to formulate a protocol to manage such patients and performed upto 10 surgeries a day. She volunteered at the Christian Medical College Udhavi – IMA covid helpline, which provided covid related medical advice, counselling and logistics support to people in and around Vellore.

Dr. Pavithra Mannam is an Associate Professor of Radiology at CMC, Vellore. She received her MBBS and MD (in Radiodiagnosis) from CMC, Vellore. Her department performs an average of 1500 radiographs, 600 USGs, 200 CTs and 140 MR studies each day.


As a junior training fellow at Pitié- Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris she trained in advanced neuroimaging in Coma. She worked with the Coma web team and learnt to apply techniques such as DTI, fMRI and MRS to study patients in coma. 


She is proficient in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, fMRI, DTI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, MR and CT perfusion imaging, MR spectroscopy, Functional MRI prior to tumour surgery, CT and MR myelography, MR Neurography, CSF flow studies and Vessel Wall Imaging.


At CMC, Vellore she overlooks the pre-treatment workup of acute strokes, every day diagnostic neuroradiology reporting (MRI brain and spine, CT brain, spine and CT angiography of the head and neck). 


Her current research interests are Pachymenigitis, Ring enhancing lesions and deep cerebral venous thrombosis. She has over 10 articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Pavithra Mannam

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
CMC, Vellore

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