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The 48th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Nephrology – ISNCON 2017 inaugurated in New Delhi

Dr Shyam Bihari Bansal at the inauguration ceremony of INSCON 2017

·         The first day of the conference saw discussions on topics such as overdiagnosis and underdiagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), among others

·         About 1500 national and international delegates to deliberate on tackling the global menace of CKD and discuss the way forward

The 48th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISNCON 2017) organized by the Delhi Nephrology Society was inaugurated on the 14th December 2017 at “Pullman – Novotel Hotel” Aerocity, New Delhi.

Dr Shyam Bihari Bansal at the inauguration ceremony of INSCON 2017

The first day saw sessions such as those on the ageing kidney: current concepts and controversies which discussed that definitive genetic test results will not change with time. The session on ‘When magnesium bothers nephrologists’ indicated that mild hypo- and hypermagnesemia are quite common, especially in hospitalized patients, andmay not be associated with clinical symptoms. Severe hypo- and hypermagnesaemiashowpartially overlapping symptoms, making diagnosis difficult without assessment of serummagnesiumconcentration.There were also other interesting sessions such as Sepsis and pediatric acute kidney injury; Key investigations: what should a nephrologist know; and how to avoid underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis of CKD.

In his welcome address, ISNCON Organizing Secretary, Dr Shyam Bihari Bansal, Director, Nephrology, Kidney and Urology Institute Medanta – the Medicitysaid,“The discussions on the inaugural day brought forward many interesting points. One of the most noteworthy observations was that although various studies including SEEK study India have claimed a high prevalence of CKDs, there are more recent studies which contradict this and suggest that CKDs are largely over or under diagnosed.The diagnosis of renal diseases depends on the size and shape of the kidney, echogenicity,urinary space, masses in the renal contour or architecture, and vasculature (resistive index). ISNCON 2017 is going to be an academic fiesta as it brings many masterminds in the field of Nephrology under one roof. Efforts have been made to make the content of this conference comprehensive, so as to make it interesting for both postgraduates and practising nephrologists.”

Statistics indicate that 1 in 10 persons in the general population are estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder (CKD). About 175,000 new people have kidney failure (stage V CKD) every year in India and require dialysis and/or kidney transplantation. It has also been estimated that about 60% to 70% of CKD cases are due to diabetes and hypertension. CKD takes about 10 to 15 years to set in and therefore; it is imperative to take preventive measures at the earliest. Not doing so can lead to kidney failure, which can only be managed in two ways, dialysis and transplant, which many Indians cannot afford. This conference aims at discussing all this and more.

Welcoming speakers and participants,Dr Sanjeev Gulati, Director, Nephrology, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj, said,“The world of Nephrology is an exciting area in which we have to continuously learn, unlearn and relearn new things to stay literate. For this we continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this, to ensure that members of Indian Society of Nephrology remains at the cutting edge. Some insightful deliberations have been witnessed in the first day of the conference itself. The sessions today have brought forward points that are an eye opener. For example, there are other applications of ultrasound in nephrology such as haemodialysis vascular access especiallyarteriovenous fistulae, peritoneal catheters, diagnosis of tunnel infections in peritoneal dialysiscatheters assessment of intravascular volume status through examination of the inferior venacava and detection of lung water.We are sure the days ahead will be more fruitful.”

Adding to this, Organizing Chairman Dr Sanjeev Saxena, Senior Consultant and Head of the Nephrology Department PSRI Hospital and Dr Vijay Kher, Executive Director – Nephrology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, “CKD is a silent killer and when poorly managed, it can increase the risk of heart disease and often kidney failure. The majority of chronic kidney failure patients are diagnosed in the last stage. Many other forms of kidney disorders exist which can affect even pregnant women. This conference is extremely important in the research being carried out in this area. Through this knowledge sharing platform, we can tackle the growing CKD menace and create awareness among a larger section of the society.”

In the days to come, participants can look forward to many such insightful discussions and interesting sessions. Some sessions to look forward in the following days are the JCM Shastry Memorial Oration, a session on global nephrology education and research, Vidya Acharya Memorial Oration, pregnancy in kidney transplanted women, hypertension during dialysis, paper presentations on current research and development in the field of nephrology, panel discussions by eminent people in the field, and other case-based discussions.

ISNCON 2017 will attract clinical nephrologists and researchers working in the arena of kidney diseases. The scientific programme incorporates a wide range of pre-conference CME, invited contributions, free paper communications, plenary lectures, symposia, poster sessions and orations and clinic-Pathological session. Last year about 100 delegates from the neighboring countries attended the conference. The ISN is affiliated to the International Society of Nephrology.

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About ISNCON 2017: Since its inception in 1970, the Indian Society of Nephrology Society has focussed on the advancement of education and practice aimed towards improving of care of patients with kidney diseases. The Society has continuously provided a platform for dissemination and sharing of scientific exchange amongst professionals interested in the study of kidney and its diseases in the country. The Indian Society of Nephrology currently has more than 1500 members and collaborates closely with other like-minded societies such as the International Society of Nephrology and the Asian-Pacific Society of Nephrology for a closer international integration and is the largest affiliated society of International Society.

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