Healthy interaction and international presence were the highlights of the 24th annual conference of the Indian Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ISPN) held in Chennai from September 28 to 30.
Pediatric nephrologists from the U.S, Australia, Singapore and all over India made their presence felt during the meet. The event was hosted by the Chennai Pediatric Kidney Foundation and the Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Mehta Children’s Hospital, on behalf of the ISPN.
Dr. M.A. Muthusethupathi, former professor of nephrology, Madras Medical College, and head of the department of nephrology, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital, delivered the sixth Dr. B.R. Nammalwar annual oration on 'Ciliopathies in kidney disease'. He updated the audience on the recent developments in the mechanism of progressive renal injury in chronic kidney diseases.
Dr. N. Prahlad, secretary, organising committee, and consultant pediatric nephrologist at Mehta's Hospital, listed the services done by the department on behalf of the Chennai Pediatric Kidney Foundation (CPKF). He added that the CPKF was providing free medical assistance to children from economically-backward families.
Dr. Indira Agarwal, president, ISPN, traced the evolution of pediatric nephrology in India and felt that the birth of ISPN had accelerated the development of the field in India.
Dr. V.V. Varadharajan, president, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Chennai City Branch, and Director, Department of Pediatrics, Suriya Hospital, released the second edition of the multi-authored text book ‘Principles and Practice of Pediatric Nephrology.’ He said that the comprehensive book (68 chapters and around 700 pages) would come in handy for pediatric postgraduates.
Dr. M. Vijayakumar, chief nephrologist, Dr. Mehta's Hospital, and chairman of the organising committee, played a big part in making the event a grand success.