ISGCON 2018 highlights transformational GI endoscopyFebruary 4, 2019
The 59th edition of the annual conference, ISGCON, was held at Kochi on 28th November 2018. The conference discussed the latest advances in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology and gastrointestinal endoscopy.
The four-day event, organized by the Kerala chapter of Indian Society of Gastroenterology, saw participation from over 2,500 delegates from across the globe.
“The meet is aimed at educating young gastroenterologists and to give an update on new technologies and research happening around the world through the experts in the field,” said organizing secretary Dr Mathew Philip, director of PVS Institute of Digestive Diseases, Ernakulam, Kerala.
The conference stressed the need to take up effective strategies to tackle the gastrointestinal disease burden of the country, growing by the day.
“The future of gastroenterology is going to be more interesting,” mentioned Dr T S Chandrasekhar, gastroenterologist & founder chairman of Medindia Hospitals, Chennai.
According to him, capsule endoscopy, currently used in diagnosis, can be used for treatment and screening in near future.
“Endoscopy is rapidly changing from diagnostic to therapeutic,” said Dr Amit Maydeo, director of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital, Mumbai, participating in a session on third space endoscopy. “The field of interventional endoscopy is slowly entering into a new era of flexible endoscopic surgery.”
Third space endoscopy, commonly referred to as submucosal endoscopy, helps assess deeper layers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract by tunneling in the submucosal space without compromising the integrity of the overlying mucosa.
Discussing the role of personalized genomic medicine in gastroenterology, Dr Douglas A. Corley, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Medical Center, said it was possible, to a limited extent, to predict the genetic susceptibility of a person to a particular disease. He said that the development of chronic diseases should be viewed as a continuum of interactions between the individual’s genetic make-up and environmental factors such as diet, physical activity and emotions.
The sessions also emphasized the lack of gastroenterologists in India. Parallel sessions by an Asian-EUS group, giving importance to endoscopic ultrasound and hands-on workshops on animal models, were conducted as part of the event.