SMIMS holds 6th Edition and 1st Virtual International Conference of Basic and Applied Physiology (V-

Gangtok, 08 Oct:

The 6th Edition and 1st Virtual International Conference of Basic and Applied Physiology (V-ICONBAP-2020) on the theme "Environmental Physiology” was held here at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) from 06–07 Oct, 2020.

Organized by the Department of Physiology, SMIMS, SMU, the three-days Conference was held through virtual mode on Microsoft Team platform.

A pre-conference workshop on “Intra operative Neurophysiological Monitoring” was held on 05 Oct, 2020 on virtual mode as part of the Conference. The workshop was conducted by Prof. (Dr) Ashok Jaryal, Department of Physiology AIIMS, New Delhi. The other members of his team were consultant Neurophysiologist, Dr Nishanth Sampath, SRM Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Sanjay Patel, AIIMS Kalyani, Dr Uditi Gupta, AIIMS New Delhi, Dr Megha Bir, AIIMS New Delhi and Dr Jania Kamra, AIIMS New Delhi.

The workshop highlighted the importance of neuro physiological & neuro imaging in Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Surgeries. This intervention is a new technology which can help the surgeons in knowing the functional status of the patients during surgery. A total of 1898 delegates were part of this workshop through virtual mode.

The pre-conference workshop was inaugurated by Dean SMIMS, Brig (Dr) VK Mehta along with Associate Dean Academic, Prof (Dr) Sanjiba Dutta, Associate Dean Research, Prof (Dr) Bidita Khandelwal and HOD, Prof (Dr) Sanjay Kumar, Physiology& Organising Secretary, V-ICONBAP 2020.

The Conference was inaugurated by Minister, Dr MK Sharma, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Sikkim through a video message. The inaugural address was delivered by Principal and Controller, Prof Dr JM Jadeja, Government Medical College, Rajasthan, in his capacity as Organising Chairperson, V-ICONBAP-2020.

This was followed by an address by AVSM, VSM, Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Dr Rajan S Grewal, SMU. The welcome address was delivered by the organising secretary HOD, Prof (Dr) Sanjay Kumar, Dept of Physiology. An e-Souvenir was also released on the occasion.

Internationally acclaimed researcher Medical Director, Dr Buddha Basnyat, Travel and Mountain Medicine Centre and Director Oxford University Clinical Research unit, Nepal gave a deliberation on High Altitude illness. Other Eminent speakers were Prof (Dr) Latika Mohan Dean Planning, AIIMS Rishikesh, Dr SP Singh, AIIMS Rishikesh, Dr Merin Chandanathil, from American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

On the second day of the conference, Guest Speakers, Air CmdeAnupam Agarwal, Principal, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, IAF Bangalore and Professor Cardiovascular Research, Dr Akiko Hata, Institute, University of California, San Francisco, USA delivered lectures. This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic “Challenges of Implementation of Competency-based Medical Education in Covid Era”. The discussion was moderated by Prof (Dr) K Ramnarayan, Chairperson, Manipal University, Jaipur and the esteemed panellists were HOD, Prof Dr Pankaj B Shah, Community Medicine and co-convenor, ACME, MEU, SRMC & RI, Chennai; Convener, Dr Purnima Barua, MCI Regional Centre for MET; Professor, Prof (Dr) Renuka Sharma Director, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital and Coordinator MEU, Prof (Dr) Forhad Zaman, SMIMS.

A symposium on Scientific Approaches in Exercise and Sports Physiology which was conducted by Prof (Dr) Erika Zemkova from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, Dr Snehansu Adhikari, Jr Scientific officer and head- Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Subrato Dey from ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition(NIN), Hyderabad. A quiz contest for post graduate students was also held on the occasion.

A total of an impressive 120 abstracts by young and budding physiologists from across the country were received by the organisers, out of which 50 best papers were chosen, presented and judged during the conference. The Conference awarded 9 credit hours for speakers and 6 credit hours for delegates by Sikkim Medical Council. 5 national awards to prominent physiologists and researchers were also presented during the Conference in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Over 900 delegates from all over the country and abroad registered and benefitted from the Conference.