Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi Founder & Chairperson of GISI. She is Prof. of Med. Microbiology, Dept of Gastroenterology, PGIMER Chandigarh...
Dr. Rajoo Singh Chhina Dean Academics, Professor of Gastroenterology, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
Prof. Atul Sachdev Prof. & Head for Department of Medicine, GMCH Sec 32, CHD. He is President of GISI
Prof. Meera Sharma Past President of GISI. Professor & Head, Dept of Medical Microbiology.

Welcome to Official website of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

The GISI was born in 2007 as a result of earnest endeavors by the FounderMembers. It is duly registered as 'Gastrointestinal Infection Society ofIndia' under the Societies Act XXI . GISI began its operations with a view to work in line with the aspirations and objectives of some of the renowned gastroenterologists and microbiologists of the world.

The Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India (GISI):

  • Was established in the year 2007.
  • Is registered as a society under the Societies Act July 2012
  • Has over 200 active members
  • Publication - Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections (JGI).
  • Holds biennial conferences

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Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections 2016

Formation of GISI

Gastrointestinal infections constitute a large proportion of clinical practice. There are a large number of diseases which require specialist appraisal, sophisticated investigations and special management. Due to the high morbidity and mortality in India because of gastrointestinal infections, a need for forming a society for gastrointestinal infections was felt in early 2007.

Regular symposia conducted through this society would help to enrich the knowledge of the medical fraternity with the latest professional skills and devices with respect to GI infections contributing to the larger noble aim of improving the quality of health care. It was felt that national conferences on the gastrointestinal infections should be held biennially so that the microbiologists and gastroenterologists could interact with themselves to deliberate on the newer modalities of diagnosis and treatment for gastrointestinal infections.

During the formation of the Society, Founder Members were enrolled from among the active gastroenterologists, microbiologists and scientists from related field and the society was named as Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India (GISI) and Prof. Meera Sharma, HOD, Medical Microbiology, PGIMER became the first President of the Society in 2007.

Aims and Objectives of GISI

  • To promote the advancement of basic and clinical research on prevalent and emerging gastrointestinal infections.
  • To promote scientific knowledge and disseminate the information collected to the members of the society and the general public from time to time.
  • To encourage advance medical research and practice of the subject of gastrointestinal infections in every possible way.
  • To provide a common platform for those active in the field of gastrointestinal infections so that discussions of problems of gastrointestinal infections can be conducted on a national scale.
  • To hold educational seminars, symposia and training courses throughout the country on all aspects of gastrointestinal infections.

1. Introduction :

(i). Name of the Society: Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India (GISI)
(ii). Location of Registered office of the Society: The registered office of the Society shall be situated at Flat No 33, HEWO, Sector-5, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula.
(iii). Area of Operation: The area of operation of the Society will be throughout India, and officiating office will be situated at the place in India from where the General Secretary will be chosen.
(iv) Aims and Objects of the Society:
  • To promote the advancement of basic and clinical research on prevalent and emerging gastrointestinal infections.
  • To provide a platform for discussion and deliberations on various modalities for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal infections.
  • To promote scientific knowledge and disseminate the information collected to the members of the society and the general public from time to time.
(v) Conditions of the Society :
  • (a) The income and property of the society shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the object of the society and no portion thereof shall be paid to or transferred directly or indirectly to the members of the society.
  • (b) The Organizers of the GISI conference will have to pay 25% of the savings from the GISI conference to the Society funds.
  • (c) No member of the Governing body of the society shall be appointed to any salaried offices of the Association or any office of the Association paid by fees and no remuneration shall be given by the Society to any member of such governing body except repayment of out-of-pocket expenditure and interest on money lent or rent for premises demised to the Society.
  • (d) The Society by its constitution is required to apply its profits, if any, or the other income in promoting its objects.
  • (e) If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Society there remains after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be distributed among the members of the Society, but shall be given or transferred to some other institution having objects similar to the objects of the society to be determined by the members of the society at or before the time of dissolution.
2. Terms of Admission of Members: Any medical practitioner/basic scientist can be a Life Member, but the Executive Members of the Society will comprise only of microbiologists and gastroenterologists.
3. Consequence of non-payment of subscription fee: All the members admitted will be life members. For non-payment of subscription fees, he/she will not be a member.
4. Fine and forfeitures to be imposed on any member: Any member who will in later stages be found to be involved in any unethical practices will be discontinued as a member and his/her subscription will be forfeited. The Office bearers who will not contribute actively for the growth of the society shall also be discontinued.
5. Categories of Member of the Association:There will be four categories of Members.
(i) Founder Members:   : All persons involved in founding the Society shall be deemed as Founder members. They will look after the interest and the functioning of the Society and will be a part of the Governing Body of the Society throughout their lives.
(ii) Honourary Members   Any person who is a renowned scientist or who has served in an outstanding manner to the cause of medical science or medical education in the field of Microbiology or Gastroenterology may be elected as an Honorary Member according to the procedure laid down in the bye laws, without any Membership fees, but will have no right to vote or to nominate.
(iii) Life Members   Any person who is a renowned scientist or who has served in an outstanding manner in the cause of medical science or medical education in the field of Microbiology or Gastroenterology may be Life Member according to the procedure laid down in the bye laws. Any person from other disciplines who becomes a life member will have the right to vote or to nominate, but will not be eligible for any post in the Governing Body.
(iv) Associate Members   Any corporate, on payment of requisite fees can become an Associate Member. They will get priority and concession over others for exhibition of their products during the conferences.

6. Privileges of Membership
I. All Life Members shall be entitled to participate in all activities of the Society including the right to vote subject to the bye laws. Corporate and Honorary Members will have all the privileges of a Life Member but will not have the right to vote or nominate or stand for any election to serve on the Governing Council, except in advisory positions.

II. Any person from other disciplines who becomes a life member will not have the right to stand as a candidate for the Governing Body Council. No member will be allowed to propose or second a nomination or stand as a candidate for any election unless his dues are cleared before the last date of receipt of nomination papers. No member who is in arrears of his dues will have the right to vote until his dues are paid before the time of voting.

III. Members whose dues are not complete will not be allowed to vote, nor to present a paper in the biennial conference. They will be required to register as non-members for the biennial conference.
7. Register of Members: A register of the members shall be kept by the Administrators of the Society in which membership in the various categories will be recorded setting down the names and addresses of the members. For the purpose of the Society, the address as mentioned in the register will be considered as the valid one. Any change in address must be intimated to the Administrators and confirmation must be received from them that the necessary change in the register has been effected.

8. Formation of General Body: The Founder Members will be the members of General body and Governing Body throughout their lives.

9. Administrative and Financial powers of the Society: All the administrative powers of the Society will be vested with Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi, Founder of the Society and Prof. Harminder Singh, Prof. Meera Sharma, Prof. Pallab Ray, Prof. Varsha Gupta and Prof. Atul Sachdev. They will have the powers to amend the bye-laws for the benefit of the Society. The financial power of the Society will be vested with Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi, Prof. Varsha Gupta and the treasurer appointed from time to time. The Bank account will be at Chandigarh/Panchkula and main signatory will be Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi and the second signatory will be either Prof. Varsha Gupta or the treasurer appointed from time to time.

10. Meeting/Quorum of the general body: There will be a meeting of the general body wherever the GISI conference will be held anywhere in India.

11. Formation of Rules and Regulations: The rules and regulations of the Society will be formed by the Founder Members of the Society. Life members of the society can give their suggestions and views which will be considered by the Founder Members if found suitable.

12. Mode of election of the Governing Body: The elections for the Society will be held from Regd. Office by Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi along with Prof. Meera Sharma and Prof. Atul Sachdev during their life time and the same power will be given to their legal heirs.

13. Power and function of the Governing Body: Day to day and yearly decisions will be taken by the Governing Body with the approval of the Founder Members.

14. Meeting/Quorum General Body: If there are a minimum of two to three founder members and three to five life members the quorum for the General Body meeting would be thought to be completed.

15. Power and duties of each of office bearer: Powers and duties of each office bearers will be as described in the Constitution of the Society. President: To lead the Society, to enroll new members and get financial aid to the Society in order to achieve the main objectives of GISI.
President-Elect: Will help the President in achieving the above targets. He/she will automatically become the President of the Society during the next session.
1 Secretary: Will conduct the Governing Body meeting from time to time with the advice of the President and help in achieving the goals of the Society. The Secretary will also give yearly report of the activities of the Society to the Administrators of the Society.
Joint Secretary: The joint secretary will help the Secretary and the President for achieving the goals of the Society.
Treasurer: Will maintain the accounts of the Society and along with the President and the Secretary of the Society will submit the returns to Income Tax department.
Editor: Will be responsible for the publication of the Society’s Journal from time to time after proper editing of the received manuscripts. The funds for the publication of the journal and mailing of the journal will have to be collected through advertisements. The funds received will have to be deposited in the Society's account.
Assoc. Editor: Will assist the Editor for the publication of the Society’s Journal and help the Editor for getting the advertisements and the manuscripts for the journal.
Asst. Editor: The Assistant Editor will help the Editor in getting the advertisements and manuscripts for the journal. Will also be responsible for collecting materials for the newsletter, designing the newsletter and after approval from the President/Administrators, e-mailing the same to all the GISI members.
Executive Members: Will give their views for proper functioning of the Society. The will also be responsible for raising funds for the Society.

16. The manner of the investment of the funds, keeping of account and for annual or periodical Audit of the Account by a certified Chartered Accountant: Investments of funds will be for the growth and betterment of the Society. A publication of scientific journal shall also be made. Periodical audit shall also be made by appointing a Chartered Accountant.

17. Biennial Conferences: All the past Presidents will be given free registration, free accommodation and travel expenditure by the Organizers of the conferences.

Founder & Chairperson
Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi

Executive Council
o President     –    Prof. Bella Mahajan
o President Elect     –    Prof. Rajoo Singh Chhina
o General Secretary     –    Prof. Deepinder Kaur
o Joint Secretary     –    Dr. Shashank Purwar
o Treasurer     –    Dr. Manjula Mehta
o Editor     –    Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi
o Assoc. Editor (North)     –    Dr. Sandeep Dogra
o Assoc. Editor (South)     –    Prof. Mamatha Ballal

o Advisory Members
    - Prof. Y. K. Chawla
    - Prof. Harminder Singh
    - Mr. V. K. Vaishnavi
    - Prof. Pallab Ray
    - Prof. Arti Kapil
    - Prof. Gopal Nath

o Executive members
    - Prof. Selvaraj Stephen
    - Dr. Omesh Goyal
    - Dr. K. K. Prasad
    - Prof. Veenu Gupta
    - Dr. Sagar Khadanga

o Governing Council MemberProf. Atul Sachdev
    - Prof. Meera Sharma

Life Members
FM001Dr. Chetana Vaishnavi FM002Dr. Manzoor A. Thakur
FM003 Dr. Pallab Ray FM004 Dr. Meera Sharma
FM006 Dr. Shoukat Ali Zargar
FM007 Dr. Shobha Sehgal FM008 Dr. Varsha Gupta
FM009 Dr. Mamatha Ballal FM010 Dr. Atul Sachdev
FM011 Dr. Harminder Singh FM012 Dr. Mahesh Prakash Sharma (Honorary Member)
FM013 Dr. Saroj Mehta (Honorary Member) FM014 Dr. Satish Kumar Mehta (Honorary Member)
LM001 Dr. Nidhi Garg LM002 Dr. Bella Mahajan
LM003 Dr . Monika Sharma LM004 Dr. Manick Dass Sripathi
LM005 Dr. Sonia B. Bhardwaj LM006 Dr. Bikram Kabir
LM007 Dr. Sukhminderjit Kaur LM008 Mr. Ram Parkash Tiwari
LM009 Dr. Geeta Shukla LM010 Dr. Praveen Rishi
LM011 Dr. Shobha D. Nadgir LM012 Dr.Neelam Gulati
LM013 Dr. Nidhi Singla LM014 Dr. Ritu Garg
LM015 Dr Jaspal Kaur LM016 Dr. Neelam Kaistha
LM017 Dr. Deepinder Kaur LM018 Dr. Manjula Mehta
LM019 Dr Abhishek Mewara LM20 Mr. Prakash PY
LM21 Mrs.Beena B. D'souza LM22 Dr. Ekta Gupta
LM23 Dr. Bineeta Kashyap LM24 Dr. Monika Matlani
LM25 Mr. Vikas Verma LM26 Mr. Gaurav Dogra
LM27 Mrs. Sweta Sinha LM28 Mr. Mayank Singh Chauhan
LM29 Dr. Neelam Taneja LM30 Dr. Gagandeep Singh
LM31 Dr. Shamma LM32 Dr. Rajni Thapar
LM33 Dr. Juhi Taneja LM34 Dr. Shiv Sekhar Chatterjee
LM35 Dr. Vikas Gautam LM36 Dr. Anita Chakaravarti
LM37 Dr. Beena Antony LM38 Dr. Sreela Baruah
LM39 Dr. Dhanalakshmi T.A LM40 Dr. Amita Shobha Rao
LM41 Dr. Srinivas Rao Katar LM42 Dr. Shashank Purwar
LM43 Dr. D. Vijaya LM44 Dr. Nagarathnamma Thippeswamy
LM45 Dr. Prabha Desikan LM46 Dr. Bhabani Patnaik
LM47 Dr. Kashi Nath Prasad LM48 Dr. A.Veena Shetty
LM49 Dr. Aditi Sarkar LM50 Dr. Pratibha Vinayak Vyas
LM51 Dr. S V Rana LM52 Dr. Jasdeep Singh
LM53 Dr. Benika Kajla LM54 Dr. Rama Gupta
LM55 Dr. Shivani Garg LM56 Dr. Kanwal Deep Singh Lyall
LM57 Dr. Vandana Kaushal LM58 Dr. R.Swamy, B.P.Swamy
LM59Dr. Kaushal Kishore Prasad LM60Dr. Sumeeta Khurana
LM61Dr. Kamaljit Kaur LM62Dr.Kanwardeep Singh
LM63 Mr. Munish Kumar Sharma LM64Mr. Priya Ranjan Lenka
LM65Dr.Mohan Sundaram LM66Dr.Ramesh Arunagiri
LM67Dr. Dhanashree B LM68Dr. Shailpreet Kaur Sidhu
LM69Dr. Mahantesh V. Parande LM70Mr. Bangar Raju Pusapati
LM71Ms Rituparna Chakraborty LM72Dr. Sujatha
LM73Dr. Latha LM74Dr. B.N. Harish
LM75Ms Meenakshi LM76Dr. Parul Punia
LM77Dr. Suman Kumar LM78Md. Anzar Ashraf
LM79Dr. Jagdish chander LM80Dr. Neelinder Dheer
LM81Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma LM82Dr. Arti Mishra
LM83Dr. Ajay Kumar LM84Dr. Vinay Kumar
LM85Dr. Tripta Kaur LM86Dr. Harsimran Kaur
LM87Dr. Jyoti Sharma LM88Dr. Sandeep Puri
LM89Dr. Ajit Sood LM90Dr. Vandana Midha
LM91Dr. Sandeep Dogra LM 92Dr. Nishanth B. Bhat
LM 93Dr. Rajoo Singh Chinna LM 94Dr. Shubhada C.
LM95Dr. Shankar G. Karadesai LM96Dr. Jyoti M. Nagmoti
LM97Dr. Mahantesh B. Nagmoti LM98Dr. Sumati A. Hogade
LM99Dr. Manjula A. Vagarali LM100Dr. Sheetal U. Harakuni
LM101Dr. Madhumati J. Patil LM102Dr. Kavita G. Patil
LM103Dr. Madhav B. Prabhu LM104Dr. Satish R. Patil
LM105Dr. Shishir Gokhale LM106Dr. Dipshikha Chakravortty
LM107Dr. Selvaraj Stephen LM108Dr. R. D. Kulkarni
LM109Dr. Ruby Jain LM110Dr. Preeti Behl
LM111Dr. Shilpa Arora LM112Dr. Mandeep Kaur
LM113Dr. Priya Datta LM114Dr. Neha Bansal
LM115Dr. Shruti Akku LM116Dr. R.K. Ratho
LM117Dr. Omesh Goyal LM118Dr. Prerna Goyal
LM119Dr. Ms Suganthi Martena LM120Dr. Shashidhar Vishwanath
LM121Dr. Abhipsa Subhadarshini LM122Dr. Seema Shetty
LM123Mrs. Yogita Viyanaka Kini LM124Dr. Sunil P Lilani
LM125Mr. Prashant Kapoor LM126Dr. Rama Sikka
LM127Dr. Soumya S LM128Dr. Anitha Raj. M
LM129Mrs. Sonia Sharma LM130Mr. Siddu Laxman Lagamappagdl
LM131Dr. Parul Garg LM132Dr. Preeti Suresh Maste
LM133Dr. Anupama Bhat LM134Dr. Surinder Kumar
LM135Dr. Asit Ranjan Ghosh LM136Dr. Manoj Kumar
LM137Dr. Tarun Mathur LM138Dr. Manisha Pandya
LM139Dr. Vandana Kalia LM140Dr. V. Samuel Raj
LM141Dr. Kedar Paomakar Purnapatre LM142Dr. Madhvi Rao
LM143Dr. Tarani Kanta Barman LM144Dr. Rama Chaudhry
LM145Dr. Devinder Singh LM146Dr. Sneha Dadarya
LM147Mr. Tukuram K Prabhu LM148Prof. Praveen Pal Balgir
LM149Dr. Baljinder Kaur LM150Dr. Arun Kumar Jha
LM151Dr. Sanjim Chadha LM152Prof. Rakesh Kochhar
LM153Dr. Zubin Pradeep Sharma LM154Dr. Pooja Sarotra
LM155Dr. Pooja Suri LM156Dr. Jaspreet Kaur
LM157Dr. Suman Lata Virdi LM158Dr. Gursimran Kaur Mohi
LM159Dr. Shubhdeep Kaur LM160Dr. Daaman
LM161Dr. Priyam Chawla LM162Dr. Charu Arora
LM163Dr. Guddu Gopal Rao LM164Dr. Nitin Shanker Behl
LM165Dr. Veenu Gupta LM166Dr. Rumpa Saha
LM167Dr. Parvinder Kaur Chawla LM168Dr. Satish Gupte
LM169Dr. Ruchita Mahajan LM170 Arun Kumar sharma
LM171 Amit Mathur LM172 Govind K Makharia
LM173 Chittaranjan Chandrakant Chaubal LM174 Arti Kapil
LM175 Loveena Oberoi LM176 Dr. Mamun Al Mahtab
LM177 Dr. Tadepalli Karuna LM178 Dr. Sagar Khadanga
LM179 Dr. Harsh Deep Sahni LM180 Beena Jad
LM181 Avneet Kaur LM182 Monika Sharma
LM183 Gopal Nath LM184 Sufhia
LM185 Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma LM186 Dr. Sikander Chirag
LM187 Jharna Mandal LM188 Vijant Singh Chandail
LM189 Uma Debi LM190 Anshul Sood
LM 191 Dr Harleen Kaur LM 192 Dr Sayan Bhattacharyya
LM 193 Dr Sandeep Dhavan LM 194 Dr Anuradha Dhavan
LM 195 Dr Shoket Chowdry LM 196 Dr Puspha Devi
LM 197 Dr Pooja Singh LM 198 Dr Vibha Mehta
LM 199 Dr Dimpi Bhankhur LM 200 Dr Ranu Soni

President’s message

Dear GISI members,
I am truly honored to take over the role of the president of this nascent society which in its very short period of existence has done extremely well. This has been because of the untiring efforts of all the members and executive especially my predecessor Prof Chetana Vaishnavi. She indeed has been at the forefront right from the birth of this society and has been instrumental along with others in guiding it through its infancy. We still have to see this society through the difficult period of adolescence to adulthood so that this becomes self sustaining and is able to stand on its feet among the more renowned and older associations and organizations.

In order to achieve this above mentioned goal we as a society have to make efforts to have more members from amongst the gastroenterologists and microbiologists. This will go a long way in increasing the footprint and acceptability of our society. This is essential as a lot of fellow colleagues in these specialties are still not members of this society. We the members of the executive and all the individual members should take an active role in enrolling new members in the society. In fact we can encourage other specialists in the field like hepatologists, gastrointestinal pathologists and gastrointestinal surgeons also to become members.

Another aspect that will make this society more visible is through the organizing of more CMEs, symposia, conferences at local or regional levels. Maybe to begin with we should designate interested members to start forming local chapters which can then organize a half day conference or even a single lecture where one relevant topic gets thoroughly discussed.

I understand organizing even short talks or conferences is very labor intensive and has financial implications but I am sure that sponsors can be found considering the importance each member has in his/her local area. In this maybe a small local group can address meeting regarding gastrointestinal infections in various scientific fora of other specialties.

I would also request all the GISI members to contribute articles – reviews, brief summary of their own work or research to the GISI news letter. I am indeed grateful for this opportunity to serve this society as president and hope that in the coming years we are able to establish this society as a very important one in the country. I thank the outgoing executive and welcome the new executive and wish every member the very best.

Atul Sachdev

Past Presidents

Past President  
Prof. Chetana Vaishnavi
I am immensely pleased that the 3rd Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India is being held at KMC International Center, Manipal. The conference will serve as a platform for gastroenterologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, internists, basic scientists and private practitioners to update themselves on the current modalities available for diagnosis and management of various gastrointestinal infections.

I heartily congratulate the organizers for their endeavor in organizing this important conference. I am sure that the proceedings of this important meeting will enrich the knowledge of the participants in the deliberations and contribute to the larger aim of improving the quality of health care.

As President of this Society, I welcome the Chief Guest, Prof. V.M Katoch, all other dignitaries associated with the conference, distinguished speakers and delegates for participating in this important meet.

I wish the conference a thumping success!
President: 1st April 2010 - 31st March, 2013

Prof. Meera Sharma
Gastrointestinal infections (GI) including medical and surgical conditions are a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. A wide variety of viruses, bacteria and parasites are implicated in GI with many newly emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Accurate diagnosis of GI is an ongoing challenge even in sophisticated medical centres because vast numbers of microbial agents are involved. Thus, there is need to develop rapid molecular techniques for the quick and accurate diagnosis of GI.

Further concerns of today's era of organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS and other conditions causing immune-suppression are fungal infections, atypical mycobacteria and coccidian parasites. Already existing complications of GI are further compounded by the fast developing drug resistance to most of the pathogens. Finally we also need to understand the pathogenetic mechanisms of these infections and conduct epidemiological investigations using modern tools to define the infections.

I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Prof. Atul Sachdev for accepting the responsibility of hosting GISICON 2010 that too at a very short notice. The organizing team under the able guidance and dynamic leadership of Prof. Sachdev worked very hard and left no stone unturned to make this programme a success. I am very happy to say that about 200 delegates from all over the country attended this conference. The GISI was conceived in 2007 with the sole objective of bringing together gastroenterologists, microbiologists and physicians on one platform to interact and develop consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of commonly prevalent infections of GI tract. Also the aim was to promote clinical and basic research. As we know that the behaviour pattern of most of these infections is different from that of western world thus we need to develop our own guidelines and management strategies.

The GISI is just three years old with 125 active members. The first conference was hosted by Deptt. of Gastroenterology in January, 2007 at PGIMER, Chandigarh and was attended by 300 delegates from all over the country. The society was registered in April, 2008. The hard work done and initiative taken by Dr. Chetana Vaishnavi, Additional Professor, Deptt. of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh is commendable and highly appreciated. However, for the healthy growth of this society, we all need to work very hard. The need of the day is to motivate more and more gastroenterologists and microbiologists to become members to strengthen this body. The venue for the next conference has already been finalized. It will be hosted at Kasturba International Medical Centre, Manipal in 2011.

With best wishes to all the members
President: 1st April 2007 - 31st March 2010
Past Events

Report of the 1st National Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

The Microbiology Division of the Department of Superspecialty of Gastroenterology hosted the 1 National Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal infections on Jan 13-14, 2007 at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. The conference was organized by Dr. Chetana Vaishnavi, Addl. Professor (GE Microbiology). The conference was inaugurated by Prof. R.C. Sobti, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University who delivered the keynote address. A total of 300 microbiologists, gastroenterologists, basic scientists and private practitioners from all over the country participated in the conference. Some of the eminent speakers during the conference were Prof. V.M. Katoch, Dr. Rama Chaudhury, Prof. A. Ayyagari, Prof. A.K. Jain, Prof. M.P. Sharma and Prof. P. Kar. Almost all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal infections were discussed.

Report of 2nd Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

The 2 Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal infection society of India (GISI) was inaugurated on 13 March 2010 by the Hon'ble Finance minister of the government of Punjab, S. Manpreet Singh Badal. In his address he stressed on the need to inculcate a sense of nation building at an individual level. He cited various examples quoting widely from history both from India and abroad, where people with principles and dedication served the nation and are remembered even to this day. He also stressed on the fact that the enemies of India like malnutrition, poverty and illiteracy needed to be tackled on a priority. He emphasized that the present generation has an opportunity to bring glory to the nation and we should leave no stone unturned in achieving this goal. Prof Meera Sharma, president of the society elaborated on the importance of gastrointestinal infections in our country and the need for further research in this area. The Director-Principal, Prof. Raj Bahadur, thanked the minister for encouraging the young audience to take up the issues of nation building. He also urged the minister to give GMCH a grant for poor patients hailing from Punjab. The minister was gracious enough to grant a sum of Rs 10 lakh per annum from his discretionary fund to help such patients. Prof Atul Sachdev introduced the theme of the conference to the audience. Eminent speakers from India who are experts in their respective fields deliberated on important gastrointestinal infections. Prominent among the conditions discussed today were gastrointestinal tuberculosis, water and blood borne hepatitis, typhoid, cholera, various diarrhoeal diseases, and GI infections in HIV/AIDS. The organizing secretary Dr Sanjay D'Cruz proposed the vote of thanks. th On 14 March, 2010 Dr. Vineet Ahuja from AIIMS stressed on newer concepts in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis. Prof. B Nagi from PGIMER, discussed the radiological clues to GI tuberculosis. Prof. Amarender Puri from GB Pant hospital Delhi delved into non-radiological investigation in GI tuberculosis, laying special stress on tissue diagnosis and the role of ADA in cases of peritoneal tuberculosis. Prof Pokharna from Jaipur elaborated on the Hepatitis B infection. Hepatits C was discussed by Prof Amit Mathur. Dr Naveet Wig from AIIMS spoke on diarrhea in AIDS patients. Dr Govind Makharia from AIIMS spoke on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The conference was well attended and appreciated by over 150 delegates from Chandigarh and neighbouring states of Punjab Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Report of 3nd Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

The 3rd GISICON 2011 was organized by Department of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology, KMC – International Centre, Manipal on 13th and 14th May, 2011. A brief welcome address was given by the Organizing Secretary, Dr.Mamatha Ballal.

The scientific event of day 1 began with the presentation by Dr. Nihal Abeysinghe, Regional Advisor, Immunization & Vaccine Development, WHO, New Delhi on “Vaccine strategies for the vaccine preventables enteric infections”. Followed by his talk, Dr.Rim Kwang IL Epidemiology, Who, New Delhi enlightened the audience on “New WHO strategic approach for the prevention and contol of acute diarrhea in Southeast Asia region”. Dr.Rim stressed the importance towards diarrhea free region and world. Dr.G.B Nair, Director – NICED, Kolkata threw lime light on “New insights into community & hospitalized diarrhea in resource poor settings”. He emphasized on the need for prevention and diagnosis of diarrhea.

The conference was a platform especially for the young student whose innovative research mind was reflected through the poster presentation session. The presentation covered various fields from gastrointestinal infection and highlighted the value of medicinal plants in treating such infections.

Panel Discussion on "Investigation & management of Hepatitis B & C" was conducted by Dr. Sudha V (professor & head of Medicine), Dr. Mukhyaprana P (Professor of Medicine), Dr. Deepak Suvarna (Associate Professor of Gastroenterology), KMC and Dr. Sugandhi Rao (Professor of Microbiology), KMC IC, Manipal, after the lunch. Dr. Philip Abraham, consultant gastroenterologist, RD. Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, spoke on "The emerging challenges of Crohn's Disease in India". A bird's eye view on "GI Tuberculosis: An emerging new facet of GI disorder in the new millennium" was shown by Dr. V.M. Katoch, Director General, ICMR, New Delhi. The day 1 scientific events were wound up and kicked off for the formal inaugural function in the evening.

The Inaugural ceremony was graced by distinguished scientists Dr. V.M. Katoch, Director General, ICMR, New Delhi, Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Dr. K. Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. G.K. Prabhu, Registrar, Manipal University, Dr.G.B. Nair, Director, NICED, Kolkata, Dr. Rim Kwang IL, Epidemiologist, WHO, New Delhi, Dr. N.K. Ganguly, Ex-Director General and Eminent Microbiologist, ICMR, New Delhi, Dr. Baskaran, First Vice Chancellor (retired) and Eminent Microbiologist, Medical Health University, Andhra Pradesh, Professor Valiathan, National Research Professor, Dr. Poornima Balliga, Convener/ Dean, KMC International Centre, Manipal. The souvenir of GISICON was released by Dr. G.B. Nair and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Infection was released by the chief guest Dr. V.M. Katoch. The conference was supported by WHO, ICMR, CSIR and other sources.

The scientific proceedings for day 2 began with "The clinical manifestations of Campylobacter infections" by Dr. Chetana Vaishnavi, Professor, Division of Microbiology, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh. She insisted on the need for the diagnosis of C. jejuni infections. Dr. Ranganathan Iyer, Consultant, Clinical Microbiologist, Global Hospitals, Hyderabad, incontrovertibly emphazised "The role of clinical microbiology lab in the diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy in GI infections". "An update on the Microbiology of Helicobacter pylori" was given by Dr. Varsha Gupta, Professor of Microbiology, GMCH, Chandigarh. The scientific fest continued with the lecture on the "Recent developments in gastrointestinal Zygomycosis" by Dr. Jagdish Chander, Professor & Head of Microbiology, GMCH, Chandigarh. Dr. K.V Rajagopal, Professor of Radiodiagnosis, KMC, Manipal enlightened the gathering on "The novel radiological imaging approaches in GI Infections". The significance of "Opportunistic GI Infections in HIV patients" was addressed by Dr. Ganesh Bhat, Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, KMC, Manipal. Dr. Shrikala Balliga, Professor & Head of Microbiology, KMC, Mangalore stressed on the "Advances in high level disinfection and sterilization". The conference adjourned with a valedictory function where awards for Best Poster and Brain Teasers were given off. With over a 200 delegates from different parts of the country and across the globe, an overwhelming response was achieved. As the curtains of GISICON 2011 dropped down, the executive body meeting of GISI was held at the same venue post lunch followed by the General body meeting of GISI members. It was decreed to conduct the 4th Biennial conference of GISI at Srinagar, Kashmir in 2013.

Report of 4th Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

A two day conference on gastrointestinal infection was held at GMCH 32 on 11-12th April 2014.

The forth biennial conference of gastrointestinal infection society of India, GISICON 2014, which started on Friday, focused on infectious disease of the gastrointestinal tract of the human body.

The event, which deliberated on diseases such as cholera and typhoid, saw nearly 150 delegates attend it on the first day. Many eminent experts from various fields from various cities across the country including Bhopal. Bangalore, Delhi, Lucknow and Jaipur, spoke on the occasion. The second day saw two plenary sessions held on various aspects of gastrointestinal infections in immune compromise patients and another on miscellaneous gastrointestinal infection.

The total of six papers were presented at the event. Dr. Sumita Khurana's papers titled "Cryptosporidium Genotypes" in North Indian patients, won the 1st prize in the oral free papers. There was a total of 27 posters being displayed, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Dr. Sivananthan K's poster on "Molecular epidemiology of Shigella flexneri isolated over a decade in North India", won the first prize, while Dr. Aparna from Rohtak's Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences won the second prize for her poster on "Biofilm formation by clinical commensal Enterococci".

Dr. Chetana Vaishnavi spoke on the innovative fecal microbiota transplantation. Dr Bella Mahajan presented her talk on recent advances in molecular detection techniques in gastrointestinal infections. Dr Arti Kapil presented a talk on hepatitis in tropical infections.
The event also saw a quiz, which was hepatitis in tropical infectionswon by Harpreet Kaur from GMCH Sec- 32, while Dilip Abraham of Christian Medical College Ludhiana won the second prize.

Report of 5th Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India

Fifth Biennial Conference of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India – GISICON 2015 was organized from 6-7 November, 2015 by Departments of Microbiology & Medicine, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Jammu under the aegis of Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India (GISI) This two day National Conference focused on the recent advances in the diagnosis and management of Gastrointestinal (GI) infections. Hon’ble Minister for Health & Medical Education, Choudhary Lal Singh inaugurated the conference in the presence of GMC faculty, doctors from J&K Health Services, members of Administration and medical as well as paramedical students. Organizing Secretary Dr Sandeep Dogra in his Welcome address emphasized the GISI’s novel initiative of horizontal integration between the specialties of microbiology, medicine, gastroenterology and pediatrics where experts from all over India meet, network and interact to exchange and update themselves in the area of GI infections. Organizing Chairperson, Dr Bella Mahajan took the delegates down the memory lane and spoke about the genesis and evolution of GISI as a Society and beyond.

Eminent speakers from different parts of country enlightened the audience with their expertise and experience. In his welcome address, Dr M. S. Khuru who discovered the Hepatitis E virus spoke on its discovery, cure and control. Prof. Atul Sachdev, Director Principal, GMCH, Chandigarh spoke on Hepatitis C virus prophylaxis and therapy. Prof. S. K. Sinha from PGIMER spoke on GI Bleed etiology and management. Dr. Neelam Kler updated delegates on prevention of nectrotising enterocolitis and sepsis. Prof. Chand Wattal from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital impressed upon the need of stepping out of laboratory.

A constructive debate between Prof. Rajoo Singh and Dr. Mohit Sharma on perspective of a surgeon and physician was centre point. GI fungal infection was dealt by Dr Jagdish Chander and Fecal transplants were discussed by Dr Chetana Vaishnavi. Genetically modified food and altered gut microbiota was presented by Dr Rekha Harish. Dr Richard and Dr Anil Tarigopula presented the latest diagnostic modalities available in GI diseases.

There were free paper sessions (Oral and posters) wherein a total of 20 postgraduates and faculty researchers presented their research work. A PG Quiz was also organized where PGs from 6 medical institutes participated. More than 300 delegates, and renowned faculty and speakers from J&K and neighboring states of Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab participated in the event. The conference was accredited by J&K state Medical Council for eight credit points for delegates. The academic event was followed by banquet dinner and valedictory ceremony.

Forthcoming Events

The 6th Biennial Conference will be held at AIIMS Bhopal during Sept-Oct 2017. Contact person Dr Shashank Purwar, E-mail:

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Awards and Prizes

1. The best original paper published in Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections (JGI) will be given the best paper prize every year.

2. Awards will also be given to three best posters presented in GISICON.
Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections


The Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections (JGI) is a peer-reviewed journal being published under the auspices of the Gastro Intestinal Society of India (GISI). It is issued once a year at present, but will be biannual in the future. The Journal aims at ensuring effective communication of research in various aspects of gastroenterology infections and providing continuing medical education, where concepts and strategies for managing critical patients are evolving rapidly.


The journal will cover studies related to gastrointestinal (GI) infections. The Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections is devoted to the dissemination of new knowledge concerning the various aspects of human infections and infestations associated with GI tract. The journal will publish peer-reviewed original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Current reports can be submitted as brief communications which must include review of current literature, clinical details, outcome and follow up. Letters to the editor must be a comment on or pertain to a manuscript already published in the journal or in relation to preliminary communication of a larger study. The journal will also regularly publish Review articles, Special Articles or Guest Editorials on various topics in GI infections, accepted on invitation. But those who are desirous of submitting a review article, special article or guest editorial are required to send a one page outline to the Editor-in-Chief.


The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted solely to JGI and have not been published, simultaneously submitted or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The registered articles will be initially reviewed by the Editorial Board to judge their suitability for publication and then sent for peer review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific and technical flaws or lack of a significant message will be rejected. All accepted manuscripts will be suitably edited before publication and print proof will be sent to the corresponding author which has to be returned within 2 days. Corrections received after that period may not be included. The contributors will be informed about the acceptance/rejection of manuscript.


Authors are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards. Approval of the Institute Ethical Committees both for human and animal studies must be taken. Informed consent must be taken in writing from each patient participant.

Authorship criteria

All authors of a manuscript must have agreed to its submission and are responsible for its content (initial submission and any subsequent versions), including appropriate citations and acknowledgments, and must also have agreed that the corresponding author has the authority to act on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript. For a study from a single institute the number of contributors should not exceed six. For a case-report, brief communication, letter to the editor and review article the number of contributors should not exceed four. A justification should be included, if the number of contributors exceeds these limits. Once submitted the order of authorship cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors. All the authors should submit an undertaking in the format specified by the journal indicating their consent to agree upon the authorship in the sequence indicated on the title page as well as the undertaking.


To maintain and protect the GISI's ownership and rights and to continue to afford scientists the opportunity to publish in high-quality journals, JGI requires the corresponding author to sign a copyright transfer agreement on behalf of all the authors at the time of submission. Unless this agreement is executed JGI will not publish the article.

Conflict of Interest

All authors are expected to disclose any commercial affiliations as well as consultancies, interests and patent-licensing issues that could be considered to pose a conflict of interest regarding the submitted manuscript.

Patient Identification

To protect the privacy of individuals mentioned in clinical studies, in case histories, and as sources of isolates, do not identify them by their initials, even as part of a strain designation. Change the initials to numerals or use randomly chosen letters. The written informed consent should be taken from the patient or guardian, if identifying information of the patient is essential for scientific purpose in the publication. Written consent in such cases should be indicated in the article and copy of the consent should be sent to the editor along with covering letter.


Submission Articles in the following categories are published:

Original Articles:Cover topics relevant to clinical and basic studies in the areas of gastrointestinal infections. Both adult and pediatric problems are included and clinical studies relevant to the care of critically ill patients may be submitted for publication. (Maximum 3000 words excluding about 30 references and structured abstract).

Review articles Current topics which are usually those specially requested by the editorial board from persons who have done substantial work on the given subject. (Up to 4000 words excluding about 90 references and abstract)

Case Reports: New/interesting/ rare cases can be reported. (Up to 1000 words excluding about 10 references and abstract)

Brief communication: Study with clinical interest or unusual presentation of a disease can be sent. (Up to 1500 words and 10 references). Illustrations and tables, when included, should be limited to one each. It should have an abstract limited to 100 words.

Correspondence: Correspondence offers opinions on papers published in Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections. It should be limited in length to 300 words and should be continuous without headings. It should not include more than 5 references and one table or figure. Letters commenting on papers are sent to the authors of those papers for a response.

Research News Scan: Peer-reviewed research news and scientifically credible information concerning human health and medical science. (Up to 1000 words excluding about 10 references)


All manuscripts submitted for publication to the Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections should include the following:

1. Covering Letter

A covering letter which could explain why the paper should be published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections. One of the authors could be identified as the corresponding author of the paper.

2. Manuscript

Manuscripts should be typed in MS-Word and Figures/Photographs in JPEG format and submitted by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief at or Authors are also encouraged to submit the manuscript online at the website Instructions to authors are also available under GISI Journal action link.


Manuscripts should be presented in a concise form, typewritten in American format of English language, Times Roman Font size 12 and in double space. Names of organisms, et al, in situ, in vitro, in vivo should be typed in italics. Names of antibiotics should begin with small case, not capitals. Do not disclose identity/ institute name in the Materials and Methods or anywhere else in the Article file. Pages should be numbered consecutively and the contents arranged in the following order:

1) Title page:
Article type: Review/Original Article, Brief Communication, Case Report, Correspondence
Title: The title of the article, which should be concise, but informative and yet sufficiently descriptive.
Running title: A short running title not exceeding 6-7 words/ 50 characters may also be provided (except for case report or correspondence).
Name(s) of the author(s), Department(s) and Institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
Name, Address, Phone number, Fax, e-mail address of the Corresponding author.

2) Abstract- All manuscripts should have a structured abstract (of no more than 150 words for brief reports and 250 words for original articles and other article types) with subheadings of Background and objectives, Material and methods, Results, Interpretation and conclusions. The abstract should not be structured for a case report (100 words), review article 250 words) and brief communication (100 words). Do not include references in abstract.
3) Key words- 3 to 8 keywords, arranged alphabetically.
4) Introduction- Brief, most recent essential background only.
5) Materials & Methods- IRB/ EC approval is mandatory for all studies involving human subjects and animal ethics clearance for experimental animals. Source of reagents/ commercial kits, manufacturer name, city and country should be clearly mentioned. Statistical test used should be mentioned.
6) Results- Only such data as are essential for understanding the discussion and main conclusions emerging from the study should be included. Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or summarize only important observations. Do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. Interpretation of the data should be taken up only under the Discussion and not under Results.
7) Discussion- The discussion should deal with the interpretation of results without repeating information already presented under results. Include summary of key findings (primary outcome measures, secondary outcome measures, results as they relate to a prior hypothesis); strengths and limitations of the study, what this study adds to the available evidence, effects on patient care and health policy, possible mechanisms); controversies raised by this study and future research directions (for this particular research collaboration, underlying mechanisms, clinical research). The conclusions can be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data should be avoided. Claiming of priority on work that is ongoing should also be avoided.
8) Conflict of interest- It is mandatory for all manuscripts to mention conflict of interest if any or if none then mention must be made to that effect. Manuscripts without this statement will not be processed.
9) Acknowledgement- Acknowledgment should be brief and made for specific scientific/technical assistance and financial support only and not for providing routine departmental facilities and encouragement or for help in the preparation of the manuscripts (including typing or secretarial assistance).
10) References-
References in the text should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the manuscript. In the text they should be indicated above the line (bracketed [ ] superscript). If giving the names of authors in the text the following form should be used: Sharma and Jain [1] or Sharma et al [2] if there are more than two authors. Unpublished observations and personal communications may be included in the text only. References at the end of the text should be in numerical order as they appear in the text. References should include the following: (1) authors (surname followed by initials), , (2) title of (a) article or (b) chapter, (3) editors (if a book), (4) title of (a) journal or (b) book, (5) year (6) volume number, (7) place of publication and name of publisher (if a book), and (8) first and last page numbers of (a) article or (b) chapter. There should not be any gaps between the year;volume:page-page. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the system adopted in Index Medicus.

The following format should be used:

Journal articles: In Vancouver format:

In Vancouver format: (List all authors if six or fewer; list the first three then add et al if there are seven or more). E.g. Pilcante J, Rojas P, Ernst D, Sarmiento M, Ocqueteau M, Bertin P, et al. Clostridium difficile infection in Chilean patients submitted to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Rev Bras Hematol Hemoter.2015;37:388-94.


E.g Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman, W. A. Jr & Sodeman, W. A. (eds) Pathogenic Physiology: Mechanisms of Disease. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1974: 457-72.

Only work that has been published should appear in the reference list and in the text.


Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material. Tables should be typed separately and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc). They should bear brief title and column headings should also be short. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the headings. Statistical tests should be clearly mentioned with exact p values. Measurement variations such as SD and SE should be numbered. Inclusion of structural formula in Tables should be avoided. Also, Tables should not be submitted as photographs.


Illustrations should be submitted electronically (JPEG Format), numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear in the figures and of sufficient size, so that when reduced, they could be accommodated without loss in clarity. Titles and explanation of symbols in the legends for illustrations should be typed on separate pages. Symbols, arrows or letters used in photographs should contrast with the background. If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph.

The Journal reserves the right to crop, rotate, reduce, or enlarge the photographs to an acceptable size. If a figure has been published elsewhere, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. A credit line should appear in the legend for such figures.


Abbreviations should be used as an aid to the reader, rather than as a convenience for the author, and therefore their use should be limited. Only standard abbreviations should be used. Define each abbreviation and introduce it in parentheses the first time it is used. The title of the article should not contain abbreviations. The abbreviations should be used in the text, tables and illustrations without a full stop.


Statistical analysis of data is a crucial component of scientific publication. Authors who are unsure of proper statistical analysis should have their manuscripts checked by a qualified statistician.

Latest Updates
GISICON 2017 will be organized jointly by Microbiology, General Medicine and Paediatrics departments of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal on 27th and 28th October 2017 with a pre-conference workshop on 26th October 2017.
GISICON 2017 will be held in Bhopal. Bidding for GISICON 2019 and 2021 are invited on first come first served basis.
The Life Membership fees for GISI is Rs 3000/-. Payments can be made by cash, bank draft or cheque at par in favor of "Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India" payable at Chandigarh. Membership form is enclosed along with the GISI newsletters and is also available on the GISI website.
Membership form is enclosed along with the GISI newsletters and is also available on the GISI website.
Articles for Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections should be submitted as soft copy to the Editor, GISI. Instructions to authors is available under GISI Journal action link.
All GISI members are requested to pass on any news that they desire to be published in the newsletter. This will include information of awards received, fellowships obtained or travel abroad for academic purposes and any other information that may be of interest to the GISI members.