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Parkinson's research zone soon [Thiruvananthapuram] [Times of India]
[November 23, 2012]

Parkinson's research zone soon [Thiruvananthapuram] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An innovation zone for research in Parkinson's disease will be commissioned at the Startup Village in Kochi in a month.

Startup Village chief executive officer Sanjay Vijayakumar said Infosys would provide the software modelling support for the zone while medical college hospitals would offer reseach backing and Muthoot Group the funding. "The zone will offer technology solutions through advanced computerized 3D modeling technology to the neurological disorder, characterised by muscle rigidity affecting movement, speech and posture," he said.

Kinfra managing director S Ramnath said this would be one of the incubator facilities at the village. "We will act as catalysts by providing land and infrastructure facilities at 50% of the market rate to startups for up to four years. By that time, the young entrepreneurs are expected to mature." As a startup in the proposed innovation zone, a team of final-year engineering students of College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram -- Solutions to all differences (Stad) -- has designed a thin glove integrated with lightweight and strong titanium links for Parkinson's patients to prevent their hands from shivering when they try to hold something.

They will release the prototype in December, following which they plan an improvised version.

"The glove will aid in easy control with twist lock mechanics at the wrist. It can be operated by the person who wears it by locking it when holding something and unlocking it to release," team leader Sebin Thankachan said.

A patent application has been filed for the glove. The other team members are Gokul Sreenivas, Ginto D, Hameem C Hamza, Haseel V, Salah Gafoor and Krishnaraj Nair.

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