Chandigarh-8th November, 2011: 52nd Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine is being organized by the departments of Internal Medicine and Hematology at PGIMER from November 10th to 12th, 2011.
The aim of the conference is to spread awareness about the increasing need of trained doctors in this discipline of Medicine as India with a population of more than a billion is expected to witness the rapidly growing cancer patients in India. Only a handful of institutes in India like PGI, Chandigarh are offering training in this field.
The theme of the conference – “Hematology for the Young”- is reflected in the initiative undertaken by the organizing committee to involve the postgraduates in medicine, pediatrics and hematology to participate in the first ever National Hematology Quiz 2011 grand finale to be held on 11.11.11 at 11 AM. To generate awareness and inspire the young doctors to join this specialty, over 175 students who have submitted their research work for presentation have been awarded scholarships.
The conference highlight would be the release of National guidelines on the management of Immune thrombocytopenia (low platelet disorder). This unique idea behind developing these guidelines was to bring uniformity in the patient care, an initiative which is first time in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pankaj Malhotra, Organizing secretary of the conference opined that, “there is a need for more such conferences which will help us unite entire medical intelligence in India, that will help us tackle the ever growing cancer cases in our country.”
To make this conference more fruitful in terms of patient care, special morning ‘Meet –the Expert’- sessions have been arranged for one to one interaction between delegates and the experts in different subdivisions of Hematology. A meeting of patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia ( a form of blood cancer) will also be held on 13.11.11 where these patients will have chance to interact with international experts on this particular type of cancer. These patients are being provided drug needed for treatment of this cancer free of cost through GIPAP programme run by Max Foundation, USA which has few designated centers spread across India, PGIMER, Chandigarh being one of them.
In the field of Hematology, teamwork between the clinicians and diagnosticians translates into best outcome in the patients with hematological disorders. The department of hematology would be conducting workshops on coagulation, Flow-cytometry, RQ-PCR and Thalassemia which perhaps would be the first of their kind in this Annual conference of Indian Society of Hematology and Transfusion.
To acknowledge the contribution in the diagnostics and delivery of patient care allied health professionals – technicians and nursing staff – have been encouraged to submit their research work in this national conference and they have also been awarded scholarship for their efforts .
There are many pharma company who have taken initiatives for cancer treatment medicines like “MIRSUN” a division initiatives by Miracalus oncology with the aim to address the need of complete supportive and palliative care management at a single junction.
More than one thousand delegates from all over India are expected to attend this academic event.