By Ranald Leask, International Press Officer, the University of Edinburgh.

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With Edinburgh staff busy engaging with Indian colleagues across the country, India’s Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of the University’s partnerships during a visit to the Centre for Brain Development and Repair (CBDR) in Bangalore.

Narendra Modi, met researchers at the Centre for Brain Development and Repair (CBDR) in Bangalor –
an international collaborative centre between the University of Edinburgh, the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration Medicine (inStem).

Dr Sumantra Chattarji, Director of CBDR and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh, welcomed the Prime Minister to the new laboratory facilities at CBDR, saying: “Brain disorders pose a major health challenge globally and our partnership with the University of Edinburgh highlights the extent to which international collaboration is required to understand and treat these debilitating disorders”.

Meanwhile, day one at the State Building in India conference in Kolkata saw a diverse array of subjects under discussion.

In this short film, Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International, explains why such events are so important.