The 17th Annual Conference organised by Vascular society of India was inaugurated by Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, Vice-chancellor, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University at Radisson Resort Temple Bay, Mamallapuram. The theme of this year's conference is ‘Optimising Outcomes in Vascular Surgery.'

Mayilvahanan Natarajan called the conference an academic feast for the vascular surgeons in India. He said, “Incidence of vascular

diseases is on the rise in India… We have about 40 million diabetics. This is expected to cross 80 million by the year 2020. Six to 8 per cent of them show evidence of peripheral vascular disease (arterial block). This is a huge number considering the population.

These people are at risk of developing infection as well as loss of blood supply leading to gangrene. Moreover incidence of smoking and tobacco use is also increasing, especially among the youth.”

There is a lot of scope for research in vascular medicine, especially in stem therapy, endovascular surgery, tissue-engineered vascular prosthesis and gene therapy, Dr. Natarajan added.

Dr. S.K. Sarin Chairman, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India, addressed the gathering from Delhi. He said that the awareness should be created about vascular diseases and treatment among medical professionals and the public.

As a prelude to the conference, a highly informative ‘Continuing Medical Education' programme is being held at MMC for the benefit of the post-graduates. A highlight would be the Endovascular Simulator Workshop using live demonstrations on Simulator modules.

About 300 vascular surgeons and other related specialists from India and around the world will participate and discuss the various new modalities of treatment available.

Surg. Capt V.S. Bedi, secretary, VSI, Prof. N. Sekar, president, VSI spoke at the inaugural function and Dr. T.Vidyasagaran, Organising secretary delivered the vote of thanks. As a first of its kind, this vascular conference is going to be webcast live. It is available on www.vsicon2010.com and www.vsi.net.in

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