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Arul Bala - Neurofinity Role
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:00

Dr. Arul Bala has a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Foundation for Surgery Scholarship and Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Scholarship to work within the Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group in 2009. Dr Bala's work as Surgical NeuroDiscovery Fellow enables him to gain valuable practical experience in functional neurosurgery with Mr Lind while developing and analysing clinical experiments on the role of the caudal zona incerta in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Dr. Bala is also helping to develop new projects in pain surgery and also non-invasive ICP measurement in collaboration with Assoc Prof Bill Morgan of the Lion's Eye Institute in Perth.

Dr. Bala assists Mr Lind with functional neurosurgery operations both in planning approaches to the deep nuclei of the brain and in theatre during electrode placement. Dr. Bala contributes to the neurosurgery on-call roster at Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after hours and has opportunities to assist in other neurosurgery at Osborne Park Hospital and St John of God Hospital, Subiaco when not busy with his research. Dr. Bala takes part in the West Australian Neurosurgical Service registrar training programme which includes Saturday tutorials including cadaver dissection, anatomy, topics in clinical neurosurgery and in weekday academic departmental meetings.

Alongside the requirements for the RACS SET training in neurosurgery research year requirement, Dr Bala is able to put his findings towards a Master of Medical Science, University of Western Australia supervised by Mr Lind.