Hepaticon 2015 was held at Nehru Centre on 10th and 11th January 2015. It was a meeting organized by Children’s Liver Foundation (CLF) and IAP, Mumbai and endorsed by the Indian Association for study of Liver (INASL). The meeting was attended by over 300 delegates from all over the country. The format of the meeting was case discussions interspersed by a few related talks. PG students from all over the country presented cases to a team of 3 panelists who were completely oblivious to the case. The moderators ensured audience participation and good interaction. The National faculty - Dr SK Yachha and Dr Anshu Srivastava from SGPGI, Lucknow, Dr. Seema Alam from ILBS, Delhi, Dr John Matthai from Coimbatore, Dr Srinivas Shankaranarayanan from Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Dr Harshad Devarbhavi from St John's Hospital Bangalore, Dr Ashish Bavdekar from KEM Hospital, Pune and Dr Vidyut Bhatia from Apollo Hospital Delhi deliberated in several sessions.
It was a single theme based meeting pertaining to “hepatitis” in the pediatric age group. The discussion started off with a case of acute viral hepatitis and evolved in to covering the entire spectrum of hepatitis including drug hepatitis, HIV and Hepatitis, metabolic causes of hepatitis, hepatitis B and C in special populations , autoimmune hepatitis to systemic illnesses presenting with hepatitis such as HLH. The aim of the meeting was to educate the practicing Pediatricians, Gastroenterologists and their post graduate students on the approach in management of a child with hepatitis.
The meeting was inaugurated by Dr Aabha Nagral, organizing secretary of the meeting and managing trustee, Children’s Liver foundation and Dr Uday Pai, President IAP, Mumbai. Dr Nagral elaborated the role of CLF in creating awareness of liver diseases in children through meetings and their website and funding research projects. She further suggested starting a registry of rare pediatric liver diseases in Mumbai. Dr Pai elaborated on the role of IAP and the various meetings it had organised and its vision for the future. Dr Samwar Agarwal, Dr Paresh Desai and Dr Anandini Suri got prizes for the best questions asked in the meeting.
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