Welcome to EPICENTTRE Associates of Chennai - ( Epilepsy Institute & Centre for Treatment, Training, Research & Education).
We are providers of comprehensive care for people with epilepsy. Our team of qualified neurologist , neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist has extensive experience in the care of all types of epilepsy, its investigation, diagnosis and treatment, both medical and surgical. Our track record of successful outcome in a large number of patients with epilepsy from 1994 when we were EPICENTRE is our testimonial of good practices. We have trained medical and paramedical professionals both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and conducted clinical research, including drug trials of antiepileptic drugs and presentation of clinical material in conferences. Our education activities have a special focus on imparting knowledge about epilepsy to primary physicians and public to eliminate improper management and stigmatization and marginalization due to inadequate understanding of the disorder. Advocacy and support activities for people with epilepsy including free services for the underprivileged are part of our activities.
We service individuals with:
• First seizures
• Single seizures
• Febrile seizures
• Epilepsy in all ages
• Multiple neurological disorders with seizures
• Chronic, uncontrolled epilepsy
• Seizures secondary to stroke, brain tumour, birth injury, head injury, and other causes
• Seizures associated with serious illness
To schedule appointments call +91 96770 33700/ +91 9840992310
Dr.Prithika Chary, MBBS,MD,DM (Neuro), Ph.D (Neuro),MCh (Neurosurgery) is a qualified Neurologist and Neurosurgeon. She completed medical school at the Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai in 1971 and then went on to qualify for the MD,DM,Ph.D and MCh from the Government Madras Medical College, Chennai. She is practicing medicine from 1974, neurology from 1978 and neurosurgery as well from 1990 in the city of Chennai. She has vast experience in managing patients with various neurological disorders. Her interest and specialization is in Brain disorders like migraine, stroke, epilepsy, dementia, degenerative disorders of the brain like parkinsonism,etc and Neurorehabilitation.
Setting up state of the art neurophysiology laboratories for hospitals and clinics
Conducting workshops and training programs in epileptology , neurophysiology for medical students, postgraduates, technologists and primary physicians
Doing detection &/or diagnostic epilepsy camps for NGOs
Advisory services to corporates on employability issues and workplace accommodation for people with epilepsy
Advocacy initiatives for support of people with epilepsy
Accepting neurology specialists as trainees to learn epileptology
One year diploma certification in Epilepsy issued by EPICENTTRE Associates of Chennai
Epilepsy is not the end of the world, it is not the end of anything
Vision : "To provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to people with epilepsy" ..
EPICENTTRE ( Epilepsy Institute and Centre for Treatment Training, Research and Education) was started on March 9th 1994
by Dr. Prithika Chary, India’s first and only Lady Neurologist cum Neurosurgeon at rented premises in East Abhiramapuram, Chennai.
It became operational and saw its first patients on 2nd June 1994. It housed four consultation rooms, had a lab collection center, had ECG, analog and digital EEG and the first digital video EEG in the private sector in South India. Services of Neurologist, Neurosurgeon, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Special Educator, Speech therapist, Dietitian were all available under one roof. Several patients with epilepsy were diagnosed and treated here till 1997.
Thereafter, EPICENTTRE was moved to Apollo Specialty Hospital to expand its scope of activities to dealing with emergencies and epilepsy surgery. Here many patients with epilepsy turned their lives from despair to hope assisted by the expertise of Dr. Prithika Chary and her team till 2000. During this time a monthly free epilepsy clinic for the poorest of the poor, funded entirely by Epicenttre was a special feature. Except for the video EEG and EEG services all other services were utilized from the infrastructure available at the Apollo Hospitals
In 2003, December even this was outsourced, leaving Dr. Prithika Chary free to focus on clinical delivery of epilepsy services without the diversion of administrative duties. EPICENTTRE has an office in T.Nagar but continues to operate with little or no inventory using available infrastructure and accessing available services like laboratory, EEG, specialist cross consultation, support services, etc.
From June 2005 to September 2010, Epicenttre was operational at:
Flat 4, I Floor, "Gokulam"
Old No. 26 New No. 42, Unnamalaiammal Street,
(Street opposite Sowbhagya Grinder Showroom)
Off North Usman Road ( 4th left after Vivek& Co)
T.Nagar,Chennai 600 017
From June 2011 to June 2012, it was at :
Speciality Diagnostic Centre
Ground Floor, Radhakrishna Apartments,
Old 110, New 140, Habibullah Road,
T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017.
Since July 2012 EPICENTTRE has been completely shifted and is operational at
Ground Floor, No: 81, TTK Road,
Alwarpet, Chennai 18
(Near Alwarpet Signal)
Phone : 044 - 3353 1201
EPICENTTRE is also now virtual to enable patients to access the doctor through the internet and videoconferencing with a payment gateway from anywhere, in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India or from any part of the world.
TRACK THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND DETAILS OF DR PRITHIKA CHARY’S VIRTUAL OFFICE
The current thrust is on education, training and courses in epilepsy care and clinical care of patients"
Dr. Prithika Chary addressing Primary Care Physicians at Guwahati
Members of epilepsy support group interacting with each other
One of the important thrusts of EPICENTTRE today is to improve epilepsy awareness to remove stigma, discrimination and marginalisation.
Programs in schools, colleges, villages, through support groups were conducted. National epilepsy day on November 17th is exploited to enable month long programs of this kind. In 2003, these talks culminated in a walk with positive banners on epilepsy on the Marina beach. Every year meaningful awareness programs are done.
In 2007, a two day exhibition, painting competition, lectures and demonstrations on the facts of epilepsy was done for the public
In 2008 the target was school teachers and a program called Epiwareness was conducted with Q & A with neurologists, skit competition on the facts about epilepsy and a booklet Teachers Guide – enabling children with epilepsy was released.
In addition to this, Dr. Prithika Chary has conducted "camps in Siliguri, Guwahati, Kolkata etc where a clinic, a public awareness talk and a talk to local general physicians where the activities extend over a three day period" Since 1998 over 60 successful epilepsy surgeries have been performed and annually over 500 new patients with epilepsy have been treated with drug therapy. This has led to Dr. Prithika Chary becoming richer in expertise and experience and she is most sought after for epilepsy care by patients and colleagues from all over the world.
EPICENTTRE ran a monthly support group called Epiclub one day of the month for people with epilepsy and their advocates. Since June 2005, EPICENTTRE jointly with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, rechristined Epiclub as "Abhaya" and the inmates put up a street play highlighting the aspects of epilepsy at Rani Seethai Hall in November 2005. This has subsequently been re-enacted and brought out as an educational DVD. There was also a collage workshop in March 2006. Abhaya aims to dispel myths and stigmatization of people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Day 2008 - Target – School Teachers
Epilepsy Day 2008 – Target Children in an orphanage
Epilepsy Day 2008 – Chief Guest – MD and Chief of an exclusive International Residential School in Chennai
For details regarding the support group meetings or volunteering for assisting or working with people with epilepsy