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Three-day conference on endocrine disorders opens in CMC

Better prognosis:D. Shantharam, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, speaking at the three-day symposium in CMC, Vellore on Thursday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Better prognosis:D. Shantharam, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, speaking at the three-day symposium in CMC, Vellore on Thursday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Unknown disorders have a better prognosis if diagnosed and treated appropriately, said D. Shantharam, Vice-Chancellor of The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University.

Inaugurating the 11th CMC Vellore Scientific Symposium on Endocrine Tumours at the Christian Medical College here on Thursday, Dr. Shantharam said that while medical institutions such as the CMC can take pride in their achievements and improvements in health care delivery which has brought down the infant mortality rate, they are confronted with disorders whose causes are not yet known.

While the medical fraternity has better knowledge of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancer, and the methods to diagnose and treat them, the unknown disorders —where medical interventions to prevent them are not known —posed a challenge to the doctors.

Endocrine tumours are among the unknown disorders.

The Medical University V-C said that such unknown disorders required the integrated team work by specialists of different disciplines such as neurology, oncology, nuclear physics, pathology and radiology.

Certain diseases which are hereditary offer scope for research in genetics and prevention of the diseases through genetic counselling. ‘Endocrine tumours’ is a topic which is relevant not only to medical faculty and students, but also to students of biotechnology, biochemistry and genetics.

This symposium would provide a platform for experts to meet and evolve a consensus on the methods for diagnosis and treatment of endocrine tumours, he said.

Sunil Chandy, Director, CMC; Alfred Daniel, Principal, CMC; M.J. Paul, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrine Surgery and Organising Chairperson of the symposium; Nihal Thomas, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Vice-Principal (Research), CMC; Thomas V. Paul, Associate Professor of Endocrinology and organising secretary; and Deepak Abraham, Professor of Endocrine Surgery and organising secretary spoke.

The three-day symposium is being organised jointly by the Departments of Endocrinology, Endocrine Surgery, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiotherapy and General Pathology of CMC.

Topics such as thyroid tumours, neuroendocrine tumours and disorders, parathyroid disorders, adrenocortical cancer, functioning and non-functioning adrenal tumours, pituitary tumours and pancreatic tumours would be covered during the symposium.

World-renowned clinicians and scientists from India, Australia, USA, UK and France were the resource persons for the symposium.

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