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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-194

The seventh annual national conference of association of physiologists of India

1 Department of Physiology, Pramukhswami Medical College, Bhaikaka University, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Physiology, Smt. B.K. Shah Medical Institute and Research Centre, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Date of Submission13-Jun-2022
Date of Decision18-Jun-2022
Date of Acceptance21-Jun-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Aug-2022

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Dr. Hasmukh Shah
Department of Physiology, Pramukhswami Medical College, Bhaikaka University, Karamsad, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_72_22

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Nair A, Shah H, Nimbalkar A, Prajapati T, Ranjan S, Patel M, Dulloo P, Shaikh W. The seventh annual national conference of association of physiologists of India. J Med Evid 2022;3:193-4

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Nair A, Shah H, Nimbalkar A, Prajapati T, Ranjan S, Patel M, Dulloo P, Shaikh W. The seventh annual national conference of association of physiologists of India. J Med Evid [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jun 3];3:193-4. Available from: http://www.journaljme.org/text.asp?2022/3/2/193/354988

The 7th Annual National Conference of Association of Physiologists of India was held from 7 to 9 September 2021 at Pramukhswami Medical College, Bhaikaka University, Karamsad, Gujarat, India, with the theme of 'Recent Trends in Physiology' using virtual platform due to COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was attended by delegates from more than 32 states and union territories of the country from North to South and from East to West India. Delegates from New Zealand and Malaysia had also participated in the conference. The conference was graced by about 75 Invited Guest Speakers of National and International Repute along with other resource faculties.

The 7th Annual National Conference of Association of Physiologists of India (ASSOPICON 2021) was inaugurated by Dr. Pratima Murthy (Director, NIMHANS), Dr. Himanshu Pandya (Dean, PSMC Karamsad), Dr. GK Pal (Dean, JIPMER Pondicherry, and General Secretary, ASSOPI), Dr. Narsingh Verma (Professor, KGMU, and President, ASSOPI), Dr. Ashok Nair (Executive Organizing Chairman, ASSOPICON 2021), Dr. Hasmukh Shah (Organizing Chairman, ASSOPICON 2021, and Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, PSMC Karamsad) and Dr. Archana Nimbalkar (Organizing Secretary, ASSOPICON 2021).

During inaugural function, various awards were given. Professor Ramesh Bijlani Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS New Delhi; Professor A. S. Paintal Award to Dr. Dipti Magan, Assistant Professor, AIIMS Bathinda; Dr. Artatran Nanda Memorial Award to Dr. Musharaf Bashir, Lecturer, GMC Srinagar; Professor S.B. Deshpande Award to Dr. Anant Kumar, Senior Resident, AIIMS Jodhpur; Professor GK Pal Award to Dr. Jean Fredrick, Assistant Professor, MGM Puducherry, JIPMER Golden Jubilee Award to Dr. Revand R., IMS BHU Varanasi; Shi S.N. Chaudhary Memorial Award to Dr. Shelka Dua, Associate Professor, Indo-Bhutan Friendship Hospital, Thimphu; Shri Ram Murti Smarak Award to Dr. Varun Malhotra, Associate Professor, AIIMS Bhopal, Shri BM Patil Memorial Award to Dr. B. N. Srikumar, Associate Professor, NIMHANS Bangalore and Professor SK Singh Award to Mr. Dishant Upadhyay, Smt. NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad.

ASSOPICON 2021 received 145 abstracts from faculty, postgraduate & undergraduate students from all the important subfields of physiology, namely, Autonomic Function Testing (HRV, HGT & CPT), Neurophysiology, Yoga & Meditation, Exercise Physiology, Sleep Physiology, EMG & NCS, Pulmonary Function Testing, Haematology, Endocrinology, Animal Experimentation, Cardiovascular diseases mainly hypertension, Arterial stiffness, Blood pressure reactivity, Baroreceptor reflex sensitivity & Medical Education. Oral and poster presentations were done in their respective groups on Zoom platform. Oral and poster presentations were judged by three senior faculties. Awards were given for the best oral and poster presentations. All presentations were really very informative and updated the knowledge of delegates by interacting during presentations. Presentations provoked attendee to plan, conduct and present their research work.

The main conference was started by keynote address of Dr. Rajesh Katare (Associate Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand) on 'Modulation of micro RNAs-A Mechanistic Approach for the Treatment of Diabetic Heart Disease'. Dr. Rajesh Katare very well mentioned the role of micro RNSs for the prevention and treatment of various metabolic diseases. It was followed by Invited Plenary talk on 'Cross Talk of Circadian Rhythm and Physiology' by Dr. Narsingh Verma, Professor, Department of Physiology, KGMU Lucknow. Dr. Narsingh Verma gave the concept of chronomedicine and chronodiet and the role of circadian clock for the control of various non-communicable diseases. Second Invited Plenary talk was given by Dr. G.K. Pal (Dean, JIPMER Pondicherry) over the topic 'Blood Pressure Variability and Baroreceptors Sensitivity: Novel tools for patient management and Clinical Research'.

Day 2 (8 September 2021) was graced by Plenary talks by Dr. S.B. Deshpande (Professor and Head, Physiology, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chittoor, AP), Dr. K.K Deepak (Professor and Head, Physiology, AIIMS New Delhi) and Dr. T.N Satyaprabha (Professor and Head, Department of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore). It was later followed upon by talks on diversified yet apt topics such as Yoga-based life style intervention, Cardiovascular Adaptation in Term and Preterm Babies to Environment, Autonomic Dysfunctions in Epilepsy, Role of Oligodendrocytes in ALS and Pain Regulating System in Brain. Knowledge shared by resource faculties was up-to-date and motivated delegates to acquire newer physiology techniques. Resource faculties mentioned the pathophysiology of various diseases and the role of yoga for the prevention of various types of diseases. Resource faculties also gave special emphasis to postgraduate teaching their future responsibilities to the community.

Day 3 (9 September 2021) was opened with Plenary talks by Dr. Latika Mohan (Professor and Head, Physiology, AIIMS Rishikesh), Dr. Nitin John (Professor and Head, Physiology, AIIMS Bibinagar) and Dr. Mrunal Phatak (Professor and Head, Physiology, AIIMS Nagpur). Later on, the day progressed with talks upon a number of interesting and attention gripping topics such as Cognition and Chronobiology, Autonomic Scoring System, Neuromodulation and its Utility and Aluminium Toxicity in day-to-day life. Resource faculties shared the role of environmental factors and stress for the development of various diseases. They also mentioned the effects of various factors on autonomic nervous systems and the role of chronomedicine for the prevention of various diseases.

Total 3 symposia were organised during the afternoon session of the main conference. Symposium 1: 'Exercise Physiology' by Dr. Col Anup Krishnan (Military Hospital, Jhansi, UP), Dr. Om Lata Bhagat (AIIMS Jodhpur), Dr. Gagan Banodhe (AIIMS Raipur) and Dr. Barun H Sharma (BHU, Varanasi). Resource faculties mentioned the role of exercise and physical activities for better health and prevention of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Resource faculties also mentioned the benefits of exercise and exercise prescription for different diseases. Speakers also mentioned the WHO guideline of physical activities and various exercise protocols. Symposium 2: 'Approaches for Better Sleep' by Dr. Kamalesh K. Gulia (SCTIMST, Kerala), Prof. Ravi Yadav (NIMHANS, Bangalore), Prof Bindu Kutty (NIMHANS, Bangalore) and Dr. Ravindra P. N. (NIMHANS, Bangalore). Resource faculties emphasised sleep as a preventive tool for various diseases and the role of sleep for better health. Resource faculties shared their experience of sleep research and their benefits and requirement of adequate sleep for the control of various diseases. Symposium 3: 'Mind–Body Relaxation' by Dr. Rajesh Kathrotia (AIIMS Rajkot), Dr. Varun Malhotra (AIIMS Bhopal), Dr. Vivek Sharma (AIIMS Rajkot) and Dr. Pradeep Barde (AIIMS Rajkot). Resource faculties concluded the role of mind–body relaxation for better health and prevention of non-communicable as well communicable diseases also. Mind–body relaxation techniques are becoming popular in youngsters nowadays for positive life.

The 7th Annual National Conference of Association of Physiologists of India was informative and energising. The gathering allowed for dissemination of ideas, newer research trends, panel discussion and general shared discussion amongst all attendees. The feedback of conference post-survey was very positive, indicating a successful meeting and strong desire amongst the group to meet again. Participants showed their interest to organise this type of meeting by hybrid mode, physical and virtual also. Conference came to the end with various awards and vote of thanks was given by Dr. Archana Nimbalkar, Organizing Secretary, and Dr. Tejas Prajapati and Dr. Shalini Ranjan, Joint Organizing Secretary. Dr. Hasmukh Shah, Organizing Chairman, gave special thanks to Dr. GK Pal, General Secretary, ASSOPI; Dr. Narsingh Verma, President, ASSOPI and Dr. S.B. Deshpande, Past President, ASSOPI, to give opportunity to organise the conference.

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