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Itinerary India: Contributing to neuro-rehabilitation in India

  Barbara A Wilson and Jill Winegardner   9 Apr 2018   

In  February 2018, the World Congress of NeuroRehabilitation met in Mumbai, India.


Barbara A Wilson, founder of the Oliver Zangwill Centre  (OZC) together with a neuropsychologist from Mumbai, Dr Urvashi Shah, were asked to convene a symposium on recent developments in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Dr Jill Winegardner, the lead psychologist at the OZC, joined Barbara and Urvashi in the symposium. The first talk given by Barbara was entitled “The past, present and future of neuropsychological rehabilitation”; Jill gave the second talk on the “Rehabilitation of executive deficits” while the third and final talk was given by Urvashi and addressed the issue of “Working with families” . The symposium was well attended and all three talks were well received.  Both Barbara and Jill were invited to attend and speak at a public forum on Parkinson’s Disease at the same congress and Barbara  also ran two meetings about Special Interest Groups.

Following the Mumbai meeting Jill and Barbara were driven to Pune, a city  about three hours from Mumbai, to participate in a workshop organised by another Indian neuropsychologist, Farzana Mulla . The workshop was titled “The International Workshop on Neuropsychology: Putting Principles into Practice”.  Following a wonderful opening ceremony which included the traditional candle lighting (to shine light upon the world) and a group of four young women singing a moving spiritual song, Jill and Barbara joined three other colleagues, Dr Narinder Kapur and Dr Anita Rose from  the United Kingdom and Dr Juan Carlos Arango, originally from Colombia but now working in  Spain to present talks and exercises illustrating the main principles of current neuropsychological rehabilitation. There were about 100-150 people attending each day. Farzana’s intention was to highlight the importance of neuropsychology in Pune and she felt this was achieved. After the workshop Barbara and Jill attended the official opening of the neuropsychology department in Jehangir Hospital.  Barbara was invited to cut the ribbon.

The hospitality throughout the visit was exceptional and our visit to India was not all work. Before the Mumbai meeting Barbara and Jill spent three days at a tiger reserve near Nagpur where they stayed in a delightful tree house. Although they did not spot a tigre, they saw a wild dog, leopard, deer, monkeys and other magnificent animals as well as seeing a real slice of rural India.


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