GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTION SOCIETY OF INDIA

President’s message

Dear GISI Members,

Atul Sachdev

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.

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.

Past Presidents

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.

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