50th Conference of Society of Nuclear Medicine hosted by Department of Nuclear Medicine in Chandigarh

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Chandigarh: The 50th Golden Jubilee Annual Conference of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India (SNMICON 2018) is being hosted by the Department of Nuclear Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh from 22-25 November, 2018.

SNMI has about 1500 life-members comprising nuclear medicine physicians, physicists, radiochemists and technologists and is the largest representative body of the Nuclear Medicine fraternity in India.

SNMICON is the annual conference of the society and has participation from delegates all over the country as well as abroad.

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty where radioactive isotopes are used for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Investigations like gamma camera imaging and PET-CT imaging are used daily in almost every branch of medicine and surgery including cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, gastro-enterology, orthopaedics and urology, with patients of every age from new-borns to the geriatric age group.

Recent advances in nuclear medicine therapy have significantly improved treatment outcome in prostate cancer and neuro-endocrine tumors.

Research fields include study of brain function in diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers’s diseases and schizophrenia and the advanced studies in different types of cancers.

At SNMICON 2018, nuclear medicine physicians from all over the country and many from abroad will discuss current problems in management of cancer as well as thyroid and cardiac disease in different panel discussions.

The Golden Jubilee conference has already witnessed huge enthusiasm from participants in the form of record number of nearly 200 abstract submissions.

Students, scientists and researchers will present their papers as oral presentations and e-Posterson LED screens.

The first day of the conference will be a CME by the Indian College of Nuclear Medicine (ICNM) and the Indo-American Society of Nuclear Medicine (IASNM).

During the four-day event, over 25 international speakers from USA, UK, Australia, Germany and Hungary and over 50 national faculty members will deliver invited talks in multiple parallel sessions in 3 separate halls.

SNMICON’18 will also award the best scientific abstracts in thyroidology and hepatology with the N. Ramdas and S. Krishnamurthy best presentation awards respectively. This conference has been awarded 14 CME hours by the Punjab Medical Council for its detailed academic content.

This conference continues the tradition of honouring distinguished personalities in Nuclear Medicine worldwide by bestowing them with the prestigious oration awards established as a tribute to and thus bearing the name of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of the Indian Nuclear programme, Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of Indian Space Program, and Brigadier Santosh K. Mazumdar, considered the father of Indian Nuclear Medicine.

The Golden Jubilee keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Brian Forbes Hutton, renowned physicist and presently Professor of Medical Physics at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London.

Dr. Brian has worked in Nuclear Medicine since 1975 and has published more than 250 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals/ conference proceedings and 17 book chapters.

In a separate ceremony, all past presidents of the society will be honoured in a special ceremony for their service to the society and efforts in the development of this specialty in this country.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh is one of the most advanced nuclear medicine facilities in not only India but the entire South Asian region.

The department comprises of globally acclaimed faculty members who have been spearheading the development of Nuclear Medicine as international speakers, International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) course mentors, policy-makers, authors and researchers.

Prof. B.R. Mittal, Head of Department of Nuclear Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh and Organising Chairman of SNMICON 2018, is the present Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine (IJNM) and Dean of the Indian College of Nuclear Medicine. Prof.Baljinder Singh is the President-Elect of SNMI.

The Conference issue of IJNM includes all the scientific abstracts being presented at the congress and a special article titled ‘Nuclear Medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh - Striving for Excellence,’ discussing the history and growth of the department.

Nuclear Medicine is a relatively young field in Medical Sciences in India, with immense potential for growth and research.

Since its inception, Nuclear Medicine has been rapidly evolving and progressing, especially with the trend towards personalised medicine.

Despite financial and other logistic restraints, India is at the forefront and contributing enormously towards the futuristic course of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

SNMICON’18 will be a unique platform for the young researchers to learn from and collaborate with the famed national and international mentors over the span of four days.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh welcomes all delegates and faculty members to the congress devoted towards providing better healthcare to all.

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