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Fifth National Conference of the Indian Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism
The 5th National Conference of the Indian Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism- ISIEM 2019, was held in Pune from 18th to 20th January 2019. It was organized by the Pune-Mumbai IEM group jointly with the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital, the Pune Branch of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and the Pune branch of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA). It was a well attended meeting with over 300 delegates for the workshop and conference from all parts of India and abroad (UAE, Bangladesh, and USA).
Seven international faculty and 34 renowned national faculty delivered exciting scientific deliberations to an enthusiastic audience. There were 2 workshops conducted on the first day. A Masterclass workshop was a unique feature this year with a mix of clinical, laboratory and dietary aspects in a holistic manner. A separate diet workshop was conducted for the metabolic dieticians. The inauguration program was presided over by the ISIEM President Dr Radha Rama Devi in the presence of Dr. Mrudula Phadke (Ex Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra Health Sciences University and Ex Dean, B.J. Medical College and Sassoon Hospital) along with other dignitaries from the organizing committee. There were exciting new topics in the main conference which included metabolomics, neurotransmitter disorders, mitochondrial disorders, disorders of metal metabolism, advances in urea cycle defects, neuroimaging in IEMs, etc. It was heartening to see a lot of enthusiasm among youngsters which reflected in great response to the quiz with 30 participants. Ninety-five abstracts were submitted of which 14 were selected for oral presentations, 51 for physical posters and 30 for e-posters. Winners were given exciting prizes.
Overall, the conference was an exciting mix of good academics, youthful excitement, and congenial meetings.
Contributed by: Dr. Chaitanya A. Datar, Organizing Secretary ISIEM 2019.
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