Early onset HSP in India

Collaboration with Sydney researchers

Kishore Kumar

Dr. Kishore Kumar, a Sydney-based neurologist and HSP researcher, recently visited India as part of a collaboration with Dr. G. Wali, a neurologist and Director of the Neuro Specialities Centre in Belagavi, Southern India, to investigate early onset HSP and Parkinson’s disease.

Gautam Wali

Dr. Wali is the father of Griffith University HSP research team member, Gautam Wali, who is currently working in Sydney on drug validation studies with induced pluripotent HSP stem cells.

Here is a local newspaper article from India about the collaborative effort:


Hereditary spastic paraplegia is a genetic disease which affects children born to parents who have matrimonial alliances with blood relatives.

The Neuro Specialities Centre situated on Belagavi’s Club Road has entered into collaboration with Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, to study patients suffering from Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia and young onset Parkinson’s disease, recently.

According to a release issued by Dr. G.M. Wali, who runs the centre, hereditary spastic paraplegia is a genetic disease which affects children born to parents who have had matrimonial alliances within the blood relatives. The practice of fixing matrimonial alliances within the relatives is common in Southern India, particularly in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Presently, there is no treatment for this disease which can affect multiple children in a single family.

He said the collaboration would facilitate study young patients of Parkinson’s disease, which was common in this part of the country due to marriages between close relatives. The treatment of disease spans over a long period.

Under the collaborative studies, Dr.Kishore Kumar from Sydney visited the Centre and along with Dr.Wali and Dr.Mahesh Kamate examined more than 20 families whose members were suffering with the disease.

SOURCE: The Hindu Belagavi, April 5, 2015

Belagavi neuro centre teams up with Sydney institute to study inbreeding-borne diseases



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