Dr Lohitash Karumbaiah

By P.T. Bopanna

Coorg-born and United States-based scientist Dr Lohitash Karumbaiah (in picture) has developed a “brain glue” to repair acutely damaged brains.

Lohitash, son of the late Ballachanda Kambu Karumbaiah, an Army officer, and Krishna, a retired State Bank official, is leading a team of researchers at the University of Georgia, to develop the glue to be implanted soon after brain injury which could boost the healing ability and stave off otherwise untreatable brain damage.

A graduate of the Bangalore University, Lohitash did his M.S. at Griffith University in Australia and later obtained his doctorate from the University of Georgia.  

The “brain glue” is a type of hydrogel that was actually created back in 2017 by Lohitash.

According to reports, the team’s earlier research suggested that the glue did seem to work as intended over the short term in rats with severe brain injuries, with benefits documented up to four weeks later. Rats and humans do share a lot of similar brain circuitry, so it is very much possible that this glue will be able to help people with these kinds of injuries. But further studies and clinical trials in people would need to be done before one could start to see this sort of technology widely used in hospitals. To that end, Karumbaiah has filed for a patent on his brain glue and his team has secured funding to continue pursuing this research. It is the sort of work that could not only help people with severe traumatic brain injuries but other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Lohitash is married to Sunaina, daughter of Mukkatira Sunny and Usha Medappa. They have two sons – Nakul and Vidhur.

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6 Responses

  1. Dr Anil Chengappa says:

    Great achievement. congratulations and all good wishes.

  2. Suresh Panje says:

    Great news indeed and I will ask my classmate Suresh Ponappa, an agriculture scientist, now setttled in the US to get in touch with him. Aftera all, the population of Coorgs being very tiny is a well-knit clan.Probably, the same could be said about my community of Konkani Saraswat Brahmins.

    Well, all said and done, as for this remarkable research by Dr Lohitash Karumbaiah, I truly wish that his efforts are recognised.

  3. JayaSheela Accie Estate Bethry says:

    Great achievement
    Let our Gurukarana bless you
    All the very best

  4. Cariappa says:

    Congratulations on finding an unique way of handling head Injury…this should be a revolution in medical science in the near future. Keep the sprit high to serve mankind… keep Rocking Karumbaiah.. kaveramme is with you….

  5. Kavitha Prakash says:

    Proud to see an Indian that too a kodava shining in Science field. Hearty Congratulations

  6. Kavery says:

    congratulations doc. Great innovation.

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