High risk mother and high risk infants should be identified and properly followed up
Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neuro Sciences [ICCONS], established in 1998, is the first of its kind of Institutions in the field of Cognitive Neurosciences in Asian countries. The institute has a broad perspective of research and development in the field of cognition, communication, human robotics and navigation. The working philosophy and mandate of ICCONS includes,
• Unraveling the evolutionary, genetic and neurobiological mechanisms involved in basic cognitive functions (e.g. intelligence, perception, attention, memory, learning, language, motor planning, execution) as well as robotic functions through multidisciplinary research.
• Through research and development, ICCONS aims at developing novel management, rehabilitation and remediation strategies for developmental and acquired disorders affecting all age groups, from infancy to elderly. The major disorders that come under this category include autism, developmental language disorders, learning disability, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, hearing impairment, single and multiple congenital anomalies, acquired locomotor disabilities, aphasia and other stroke-related problems, dementia of Alzheimer’s type, post-traumatic syndrome, and other neurodegenerative and neurometabolic disorders. The rehabilitation and management of these disorders are formulated and updated according to the protocols of WHO based on ICIDH-1 (International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps), ICIDH-2 and ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health). ICCONS also aims at updating existing management, rehabilitation and remediation strategies in accordance with socio-cultural situations.
• Generation of sufficient manpower through regular academic programs and long- and short- term training programs for the service of individuals affected with cognitive and communicative disorders.
• Collaboration/interaction with national and international institutions, universities and NGOs working in similar areas to achieve the general objectives
Clinical, research and academic activities of the institution are achieved through a multidisciplinary team comprising of Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, ENT specialists, Physiatrists, Speech Language Pathologists, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Linguists, Physiotherapists and Special Educators. The institutes has well established Departments of Genetics (Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics), Neurocradiology, Neurochemistry (evaluation of the neurochemical, endocrinological, neurometabolic and biochemical factors underlying cognitive processing and its defects). ICCONS has an Economic and Public Health division dealing with the epidemiological and public health aspects, and economic burden created by cognitive disorders and other non- communicable neurological disorders. Departments of Integrated Medical research and Center for Yoga and Meditation have been added recently.
ICCONS provide clinical services to all kinds of cognitive and communicative disorders across all age groups- childhood autism, developmental language disorders, specific learning disabilities, intellectual disability, global developmental delay, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke- and traumatic brain injury- related neurological complications both in acute and chronic phase, dementia of Alzheimer’s type, other degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, motor neuron diseases and multiple system atrophy, and any other non-communicable neurological disorders of developmental and acquired nature.
ICCONS is established under the Society for Rehabilitation of Cognitive and communicative Disorders (SRCCD), an autonomous body registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act 1955. The Minister for Health and family welfare is the Chairman of the society and Minister for Social welfare is the co-chairman. The Secretary to Government Health and Family department is the Vice chairman and the Director of Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology is the Vice Chairman of the Society.
ICCONS is the first Neurocenter in India to obtain National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation.
The human brain is the most complex structure known in the universe. It weighs ~1,500 grams consisting of an amalgamation of 100 billion cells, each of which is capable of making up to 1,000 connections forming a complex network. This makes the human beings unique with respect to their ability for communication through language, bipedal locomotion, complex cognitive processing (thinking, analyzing and responding to complex problems through parallel and serial computing programs), inventing novel ideas through self-exploratory programs, and developing corrections/remedies for biological systems. Yet, not even 1/3rd of the cerebral functions are known to mankind. ICCONS is a humble initiative with an ambitious program to unravel the unseen frontiers of brain functions. We solicit the collaboration of like-minded individuals, institutions and organizations in our multidisciplinary research programs.
ICCONS will be recognized as one of the best and first of its kind institutions for communicative and cognitive neurosciences and non communicable neurological disorders in Asian countries.
We will achieve this:
• By providing compassionate, ethical accessible quality health care that meets or exceeds the needs and expectations of our patients, their families and others whom we serve.
• Through research and development we will develop novel strategies in the early detection, prevention and management of diseases.
• By providing a good work environment that fosters motivations and commitment in our staff.
• By enabling leadership in education and communication that improves the health of the people.
• Through collaborative work with national and international scientific communities engaged in missions of similar nature.
The mission of ICCONS is embodied in a summery statement, which is as follows:
To Provide unique and quality healthcare to developmental and acquired cognitive and communicative disorders as well as other non communicable neurological disorders gender and age across through development of specific strategies and system encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary care, and not geographically confined to existing hospital facility, to develop new services, technologies and remedial measures through research and development and carry out assigned programs and missions that would demonstrate a model for all developed and developing nations.
Ethics committee issues policy on medical ethics. Review, evaluate, and approve cases for ethical dilemmas, terminal care, any other potential conflict of ethical issues and Medical policy and practice
We, at ICCONS, Shoranur
• Believe that quality and safety are integral to our mission and a responsibility of all staff.
• Provide compassionate, ethical, accessible, safe and high quality care that meets the needs or expectations of our patients, their families and others whom we serve.
• Provide an environment of quality care that promotes patient and staff safety practices as well as a culture of continuous quality improvement.
• Provide a safe work environment which fosters professionalism,motivation and commitment in our staff.
• Enable leadership in health and education that improves the physical and mental wellbeing of the patient and their families.
The activities of the Institution are controlled by a Governing body and executive committee constituted by order of Govt. of Kerala (order no) and comprising of Ministers of Health & Social Welfare, the Secretaries to Govt., Health, Finance, Education, Social Welfare and Head of the Departments of Health Services and Medical Education services, eminent social scientists and academicians. The Director of the Institute according to the MOU is a Neurologist having outstanding contribution in the field of Cognitive and Communicative Neuro Sciences.
The Department of Neurology at the ICCONS conducts basic and clinical research on the nervous system and provides clinical care for people with neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, tremor, dystonia, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular conditions, headache, and sleep disorders.
Paediatrics is a holistic speciality, focusing on the child within their family. It aims to minimise the adverse effects of disease, while allowing children to live as normal a life as possible.General paediatrics remains the bedrock of the service, but there are opportunities to develop close links with other areas of medicine such as primary care, child and adolescent psychiatry and public health.
Paediatrics ortho department offers in-patient, out-patient services on disease effecting children
ENT department provides state of the art services for the diseases effecting ear, nose, throat. It includes microscopic ear surgeries, endoscopic sinus surgeries, speech and swallowing clinic, headache clinic, vertigo clinic etc
The rehabilitation of speech and language disorders is anchored in the services of Speech Language Pathologist. There was a dearth trained Professional Staff in Kerala. Language Disorders also has regional priority. When ICCONS was established in 1998 there were no Universities in Kerala conducting a course in speech language pathology.
Shoranur Institute functioning for the last 10 years have a registration of more than 6,000 cases.60-70% of them constitutes children from the pre-school and school age group. Children when admitted for 2-3 week training programs, they also require exposure to educational activities A residential school of approximately 200-500 students is ideally (at least for 10% of the population registered) is required.
BASLP (Affiliated to Kerala university of Health Sciences and RCI recognized course)
MASLP (Affiliated to Calicut University and RCI recognized course)
M.Phil ( RCI recognition obtained, University and Govt sanction awaited)
At the Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences (ICCONS), Shoranur, Kerala, we have a registry of 8,000 clinically and behaviourally evaluated database of ASD patients from Kerala. This would be a hidden treasure for hunting new avenues in autism genetics.
Every day clinical psychologists help a wide range of people of all ages with all sorts of problems. Some have particular emotional or mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia. Others have difficulties with their thinking (also known as cognitive problems). These can take many forms, such as problems with memory or perception after a head injury, a learning disability or dementia.
ICCONS is the first institute of its kind in the Asian countries for Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Management, Rehabilitation, Research and Development in the areas of Cognitive and Communicative disorders & Non Communicable Neurological Disorders affecting all age groups.
The institution with assistance from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, has established a fully equipped Neuro Endocrine laboratory with facilitates for full range Neuro endocrine assays, Biochemical and metabolic assays, haematology and routine blood and urine and other body fluid analysis. In addition the institute has established a Research Neuro chemistry lab with advanced HPLC System funded by UNDP.
A career with ICCONS provides many opportunities for professional and personal growth and development. Not only will you be working with some of the most respected and notable physicians, but also with the most compassionate and dedicated nurses, technicians and support staff.Within every department of ICCONS, you will find dedicated teams of professionals working together to provide the best possible care for our patients, while training the next generation of clinicians.
We offer outstanding benefits, including competitive salaries and enrichment opportunities unique to working in one of the most diverse institutions in the country.