The Manipal McGill International Conference 2018 was held on 10th and 11th August 2018. It was inaugurated at 9 AM by the chief Guest Dr Vinod Bhat, VC MAHE and Guest of Honour, Dr Poornima Baliga, Pro VC MAHE.
Dean Dr M V Prabhu, Dean KMC Mangalore welcomed the gathering. Dr Kavitha Saravu presented a report about MAC ID activities for the year 2017-2018. Dr Vinod Bhat stressed on the interdisciplinary interaction between various departments, importance of public health and translational research. The MAC ID Newsletter Contagion was released. Abstract Book of the conference was also released during the inaugural.
Two parellel CMEs each with about 125 registrations each. CME 1 was on Hospital Infection and Antimicrobial Stewardship. The 1st Session in the CME was on CLABSI which was deliberated upon by Dr OCAbraham, Dr Balaji. Dr Abdul Ghafur, one of the pioneering author of the Chennai Declaration spoke on the Chennai Declaration and After. This was followed by a Panel Discussion on Antimicrobial Stewardship – Practical Guide moderated by Dr Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay. Dr Manjusha Narayanan, Consultant Microbiologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NHS, England and Dr Vandana K E Professor, Microbiology, KMC Mangalore and Chair Antimicrobial Stewardship along with Dr Ghafur and Dr Chakrapani, Professor, Medicine, KMC Mangalore. CME 2 was on Diagnostics- Essence of Infectious Diseases,. The 1st session in this CME was on the Lancet Commission on Infectious Diseases by Dr Sanjay Pai, followed by Dr Sandhya Kabra, Addl Director, NCDC who spoke on Strengthening District Labs. Dr Gayathri spoke on the utility of Gene Expert in a tertiary Care Hospital. The 2nd Session in this CME was on Advanced Diagnostics. Dr Chand Wattal, Professor and Chairman Consultant, Sir Gangaram Hospital and Research Centre spoke on MALDO-ToF and Bio-Fire, Dr Ameeta Joshi, HOD, Microbiology, Sir J J Hospital spoke on Advanced Diagnostics in TB and Dr Kayla Larsenson, Director CDC India spoke on Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illness.
The MAC ID International Conference 2018 with the theme- Unifying all to overcome the Challenges of Tropical Diseases began with the KEY NOTE address by Dr O C Abraham, HOD, Medicine, CMC Vellore on Topical Issues in Tropical Diseases. He spoke at length on tropical diseases of importance in india including Typhoid, dengue, Scrub Typhus. Parellel adult and Paediatric sessions were held which discussed the burning topic of infection with Mangament of Gram negative bacterial infections, Nipah virus, Childhood TB and Management of Dengue in Children. Antimicrobial surveillance network was presented by Dr Balaji V , Professor CMC Vellore and Dr Bhaskar Shenoy spoke on Resurgence of Diphtheria.
On Day 2 a very interesting talk on Ethics and Grant Proposal writing was delivered by Dr Sanjay Pai, Consultant Pathologist, Columbia Asia, Bangalore and Dr Unnikrishnan G, Associate Dean, KMC Mangalore. Management of Gram positive infections by Dr Rajiv Soman, Consultant ID Physician, Pune discussed case based management of infections by Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA and Enterococci. Dr Sharmila Sengupta, Consultant Microbiologist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore spoke on heterogenicity of CRE.
Dr V Ravi, Professor, Neurovirology, NIMHANS delivered an interesting talk on Vector borne Viral Diseases. Technology in Medicine – a new and emerging field had innovative applications of technology for surveillance of Malaria and its impact on the reduction of active cases and the N –TB app which helps the patients to monitor nutrition in TB by Dr B S Baliga, Prof emeretus, KMC Mangalore and Dr Anurag Bhargav, Professor, Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore.
A quiz for postgraduates was organised by Dr Deepak Madi and Dr Basava Prabhu, Associate Professors of Medicine, KMC Mangalore.
The Conference ended with a very interactive Panel discussion on how to improve Quality of care in TB moderated by Dr Ashwin Kumar, Professor, Community Medicine, KMC Manipal.
The MAC ID International Conference succeeded in its mandate to bring together experts from various fields in Medicine with special interest in infectious diseases. In all about 98 posters and 12 oral presentations were delivered. It was the first time that e posters were used which was well appreciated. The conference and CME was given 4 hours of credit points by Karnataka Medical Council.