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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-133

Aiaarocon Kolkata - 21 st and 22 nd December, 2013

Department of Medicine, Obesity and Lifestyle Diseases Clinic, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication12-Jun-2014

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Soumitra Ghosh
Department of Medicine, Obesity and Lifestyle Diseases Clinic, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, SSKM Hospital, Kolkata 700 020, West Bengal
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Ghosh S, Singh N. Aiaarocon Kolkata - 21 st and 22 nd December, 2013. J Obes Metab Res 2014;1:131-3

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Ghosh S, Singh N. Aiaarocon Kolkata - 21 st and 22 nd December, 2013. J Obes Metab Res [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 May 15];1:131-3. Available from: https://www.jomrjournal.org/text.asp?2014/1/2/131/134436

The 9 th Annual Conference of All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO) was held on 21 st and 22 nd December 2013, at Kolkata. It was organized by AIAARO West Bengal Branch, in association with the Obesity and Lifestyle Diseases Clinic, IPGMER/SSKM Hospital, Kolkata and Society for Nutrition and Dietetics (SND). It was the first conference on obesity held in the Eastern India.

The conference was attended by more than 320 delegates and 69 faculty. The scientific presentations were of a high quality and appreciated by all. The contributions of the national and international faculty enhanced the scientific value. The enthusiastic interactions by the delegates with the speakers reflected the liveliness of the proceedings. Under the able leadership of Prof. Samar Banerjee and Dr. Shashank Joshi, Scientific Chairman, the Organizing Secretary-Dr. Soumitra Ghosh and his team had put their heart and soul to make this event a great scientific and social success. Despite personal and family health problems, the Organizing Secretary left no stone unturned in attending to all the deliverables of the conference: The scientific content, choice of the faculty, delegate kit, mementos and hospitality arrangements. The precision and attention to details was impressive.

The conference was inaugurated Madam Chandrima Bhattacharya - Hon. Minister of State for Law and Judicial Department and Health and Welfare Department of the Government of West Bengal. The minister, in her address, emphasized the urgent need of early preventive and educative measures to control the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. She stressed the positive role that sports, games, yoga and exercise can play in schools [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4].
Figure 1. Hon. Chandrima Bhattacharya lighting the lamp

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Figure 2. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor

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Figure 3. Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar

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Figure 4. The release of the JOMR-The first issue

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Prof. Pradip Kumar Mitra-Director, the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research - Government of West Bengal was the Guest of Honour. Dr. Pallavi Sodhi Patankar - the President of AIAARO, in her address said that the health-care professionals, integrative therapists, the government bodies and the educational systems must initiate collective efforts for policy changes and innovative reforms in systems. These should reduce the incidence of obesity and the ancillary risk factors. The financial burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease is huge. Preventive Bariatrics is the need of the hour.

The speakers did great justice to their respective topics. A few names which come to mind are: Dr. Anoop Misra, Dr. Richard Atkinson, Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, Dr. Ramen Goel, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Naval Vikram, Dr. Sudhir Bhandari, Dr Shashank Joshi, Dr. Shashank Shah, Dr. Rama Vaidya etc., All the lectures were very informative and delivered with clarity, quality and state-of-the art information.

Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor, the President of Malaysia Association for the Studies in Obesity (MASO), was invited to grace the conference as a speaker. He made an excellent presentation. He also announced the ICO 2014 to be held in Malaysia. He invited delegates to participate in the conference. AIAARO was grateful for his visit.

Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar (USA) gave timely inputs for the conference. He was instrumental for having Dr. Richard Atkinson, Babu Balgopal, Dr. Seema Kumar, Dr. Philip Brantley accept our invitation to the conference. Their presentations, discussions and presence added altogether a very special impact to the conference. Enthusiastic and high participation of upcoming doctors in paper presentation and poster presentation reflected their interest in academics generated by the conference. The scene in the paper presentation hall was very lively. The sports activity and early morning Yoga Session conducted by Dr. Pallavi Patankar was well attended and appreciated.

The untiring efforts of Dr. Ashok Vaidya, the Chief Editor, Dr. Ramen Goel, the Co-Chief Editor, Dr. Rama Vaidya, Ms. Hiteshi Dhami, Dr. Namyata Pathak, Dr. Jeethan Bendoor and Ms. Zenish Dholia actualized the launch of the first issue of JOMR during AIAAROCON KOLKATA-2013. The JOMR was much appreciated.

The release of the JOMR-The first issue, the valuable tips and encouragement from the President, Dr. Pallavi Sodhi Patankar and support of sponsors with the help from Dr. Banshi Saboo, Dr. Shashank Joshi and others was a great help indeed. Dr. Deepak Jumani, the Hon. treasurer, had taken care of the smooth running of the conference by guiding the audiovisual and time frames. We also thank the volunteers who did a marvelous job.

AIAAROCON 2013 will always have a special reference in future for the following reasons: (1) The West Bengal Chapter of AIAARO was formalized. (2) the launch of JOMR and (3) the high standard and protocol set for the future AIAAROCONs to follow. The Conference received positive feedback and was adjudged as a memorable feast of wisdom. The next AIAAROCON 2014 will be held at Jaipur-Rajasthan. This was decided and approved in the AGM.

Some feedback received on the AIAAROCON 2013:
"Congratulations to you and the team. I am very glad to see the progress of AIAARO. Many thanks for sending the gifts. I appreciate it very much. Please accept my compliments to you on a job well done." - Dr.Vinod Dhurandhar, Founding President, AIAARO.
"Special thanks to the organizing committee for putting their 100% in making this conference a big success.

Though it was a National Conference but the scientific content was as good as any international conference. Contributions from the international faculty added grace and charm to the conference." - Dr. Pallavi Patankar, President, AIAARO.
"Oceans and oceans of congratulations to your dynamic self for giving us one of the most memorable feast of wisdom as AIAAROCON2013. Irrefutably AIAAROCON 2013 was a La Grande Success…. the content of the conference was A class beyond words, the faculty was one of the best in the fields, the speakers spoke so passionately, the audio visuals were excellent… as I write this, let me also congratulate you for your great foresightedness, and firing dynamism and I can understand the hard work you really have put in it."- Dr. Deepak K Jumani, Hon Treasurer, AIAARO.
"Congratulation for organising a highly compact 2-days' scientific meeting with lots of interest from delegates, judging from the comments and questions posed during the sessions. AIAARO members' presence in ICO 2014 will be most appropriate and we look forward to your members' contribution in ICO 2014."- Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor.

Secretary IASO/President ICO 2014.
"Great meeting. Well organized. Thanks for invite."-Phil Brantley, Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, USA.
"Wonderful organisation and hospitality Best." - Dr. Anoop Misra, Director and Head, Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Fortis Group of Hospitals (New Delhi).
"Indeed, congratulations are due on organizing this conference. Wonderful team work. I enjoyed many presentations. I hope that the insight gained during the planning of this conference will be useful during the next conference. It is so nice to see the progress of AIAARO. Publication of JOMR is a particularly significant step forward. My compliments to all involved in the planning of this conference, and particularly to Prof. Ghosh and his team! And to Dr. Vaidya and his editorial team. Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, USA.
"Thank you for organising a great conference and wonderful hospitality. Proud to be a part of this conference. Dr. Naval Vikram, Additional Professor at AIIMS, Raipur.


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