Prof. Aslam suggests establishing Physiological Societies in Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan

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Virtual Conference of SAAP-VII
Prof. Aslam suggests establishing
Physiological Societies in Bhutan,
Maldives and Afghanistan

NEW DELHI: A Virtual Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists VII (SAAP) was conducted in conjunction with Physiological Society of India (PSI) on the theme “Physiological Sciences for Betterment of Health” at Department of Physiology, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (HIMSR), Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi, India from March 23-25, 2021. The Conference was organized by Dr. G.N. Qazi (Patron), Dr. Mridu Dudeja (Chairperson) and Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Alam (Organizing Secretary) and was attended by over 300 delegates from South Asia (Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal) and from USA, UK, South Korea, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.


Prof. Maj. Gen. (Retd) M. Aslam

In the inaugural Session, Prof Iqbal Alam (India) bid welcome to the participants online in era of COVID-19 Pandemic. Prof. Kusal Das (India) paid tribute to Late Prof. Arif Siddiqui followed by the address of Dean, Prof. Mridu Dudeja (India). Maj Gen Prof Muhammad Aslam, President SAAP narrated the objectives of emergence of SAAP and reviewed the SAAP Conferences held at Islamabad, Banglore, Colombo, Dhaka, Nepal and Lahore earlier. He emphasized to establish Physiological Societies in Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan where they are non-existent currently. He also stressed upon to strengthen academic and research collaborations amongst the institutions of SAARC countries in Physiological Sciences. Prof Amar Kumar Chandra, President PSI reported the activities and progression of the Society. Prof Robert G. Carrol (USA), the Guest of Honour highlighted on competency-based education and core Entrustable professional attributes. The President, Federation of ASEAN and Oceanic Physiological Societies (FAOPS), Prof Chan Hun Leem (South Korea) in her address stated that Physiology has pierced into people’s life. Prof MS Birandar (India) VC BLDE University, Baijpur (India) highlighted the accomplishments of the University. The Chief Guest and President, International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), Prof Julie Chan (Taiwan) informed that 28000 members of the global societies of the world are included in IUPS and collective wisdom is derived in education, research and support grants. She promised to further strengthen the IUPS-SAAP bonding and advocated to participate in the next meeting of IUPS in Beijing in 2022. The Presidential Address was accorded by Prof G.N. Qazi, CEO, HIMSR, India followed by vote of thanks by Prof. Savithri Wimalasekera (Sri Lanka), the Secretary General SAAP.

In the Scientific Sessions, Prof. Dewan Syed Abdul Majid (USA) explained the role of Cytokines (Interleukins Chemokines, Interferons and TNFα) during high salt intake. Prof. H.R Ahmad (Pakistan) emphasized and stressed to develop humanistic society through Faculty Institution Relationship. Prof. K.K. Deepak (AIIMS, India) highlighted WHO global action plan for Physical activity 2018-2030. Prof. Sinerik Ayapetyan, UNESCO Chair, Life Sciences, Armenia talked on metabolic control of semipermeable properties of cell membrane, Prof. Maulee Arambewala (Sri Lanka) explored the Tsunami of disability. Prof. Chandimani Udugodare (Sri Lanka) showed burden of obesity on the respiratory system. Prof. Snelina Begum (Bangladesh) highlighted on relationship of cardiac autonomic dysfunction with iron status. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ayub, President, Pakistan Physiological Society (PPS) briefed about the activities of PPS (past, present and future). Prof. Rida Khadka (Nepal) showed the data of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in patients with hypo and hyperthyroidism. Prof. Amit Bandyopadhyay (India) predicted the cardiorespiratory fitness in sportspersons and sedentary individuals. An elaborate presentation was made by Dr. Chandan Sen (USA) on Tissue Nanotransfection for in vivo Tissue Reprogramming.

In other sessions, scientific deliberations were made. Dr. Jasimuddin Ahmad (USA) presented on COVID-19 and cardiovascular diseases. Prof. Sunil Dhungel (Nepal) corssed talks between COVID and Chemo sensation. Prof. R.V. Kukarani (India) highlighted Chronotherapeutic responsive drug delivery system, Prof. Deepthi De Silva (Sri Lanka) explained the role of cannikins in inner ear functions. Dr. Gausal Azan Khan (Fiji) discussed stress-induced sterile inflammation and insulin resistance. Prof. Samina Malik (Pakistan) presented The First Report of Novel PTEN variant in Breast Cancer. Prof. Akhtarun Nessa (Bangladesh) evaluated the changes of BMI and CRP in postmenopausal women. Prof. Suvro Chatterjee (India) gave an account of microfluidics based investigation of vascular diseases process. Dr. Amal Bera (India) introduced about Pannexin-P2X7 receptors-calcium (a nexus for cell survival and death).

In a session on Nitric Oxide, Prof. Ray (India) explained gender-based differences in stress susceptibility and adaptation. Prof. Iqbal Alam (India) discussed the role of Nitric Oxide and Decorin in preeclampsia. Prof. Kavita Gulati (India) showed new insights into the neuromodulatory role of Nitric Oxide. In the last scientific session, Dr. Eric Thelin (Sweden) presented on protein biomarkers of injury in traumatic brain injury management. Dr. Adel Helmi (UK) elaborated clinical studies of neuroinflammation.

The Conference was preceded with two Pre-Conference workshops on Research Advances in Physiology Techniques (Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Tests and Animal Experiments and Its Importance) facilitated by Prof. Yogesh Tripathi (India), Prof. Ashok Jaryal (India) and Dr. Bhavna Mattoo (India) on 23rd April, 2021. The equipment and technical support was provided by the Department of Physiology, HIMSR and AD Instruments, India. Furthermore, a Pre-Conference Symposium on Continuing Medical Education was conducted comprising of several essential themes on Assessment Planning, Quality Assurance, Alignment of assessment with learning Objectives, Blueprinting of Assessment, Resource constraints for OSCE/ OSPE and Merits and Demerits of long and short answer questions. The symposium was resourced by faculty members namely, Prof. Robert Carroll (USA), Dr. Renuka Sharma (India), Dr. Amarnath Karunanayake (Sri Lanka), Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Alam (India), Prof. Muhammad Ruhul Amin (Bangladesh), Prof. Samina Malik (Pakistan), Prof. Mahwish Arooj (Pakistan), Prof. Bishu Hari Pandel (Nepal), Prof. Musharraf Husain (India), Dr. Sabina Khan (India), Dr. Ansa Sheikh (India) and Dr. Lata Mullur (India).

E-Poster presentations by the Faculty and Students were made and attracted the participants overwhelmingly. A team of experts selected the E-Posters for the grant of Awards. An informal online session of “Chit-Chat” was held online in which quotable quotes, singing and jokes were shared by the members to strengthen brotherhood amongst Physiologists of SAARC Countries.

During the Conference an Executive Committee Meeting was held to shortlist the candidates for the post of President and Secretary General SAAP for the next two years (2021-2022). The AGM endorsed Prof. Kusal K. Das as President and Prof. Mangala Gunatilake as Secretary General, SAAP. The AGM, SAAP paid tribute to Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Alam to organize the virtual symposium, workshops and Conference with grace and with touch of a class in the hard days all over the world. The virtual Conference ended with a good will to meet one other face-to-face in COVID-19 free environment, soon.

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