The 5th annual conference of ISPGHAN (Indian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition)

28th annual meeting of the Pediatric Gastroenterology chapter of the IAP was held on the 27th and 28th of October at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai with a pre-conference meeting of case scenarios on genetic liver problems on the 26th of October which was telecast live to Pediatricians all over the country.

The meeting which was organised by Children's Liver Foundation and IAP, Mumbai had more than 500 registered delegates and a learned and enthusiastic faculty from India and abroad.
This was a joint effort of the two societies which have been organising the popular "Hepaticon" every year The pre-conference meeting had case scenarios with a genetics background being presented and discussed with a very interactive audience comprising of PG students, Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Pediatricians, Gastroenterologists, Geneticists and dieticians.
The two days of the conference had few didactic talks interspersed with panel discussions on a wide variety of topics which would be of interest to both the generalists and specialists including a panel discussion on the same theme which was moderated by Dr YK Amdekar, the Organising Chairperson of the meeting.
The inauguration moved away from the conventional lamp lighting to an eco-friendly planting trees online in the Sunderbans forests in the name of ISPGHAN 2018.
The meeting was formally inaugurated by Dr Armida Fernandes, senior Pediatrician and founder of the NGO - SNEHA that works on projects of health, nutrition and violence in women and children across the slums of Mumbai.
Dr Aabha Nagral - Organising secretary and Managing trustee of Children's Liver foundation, Dr Bela Verma, president IAP, Mumbai, Dr Malathi Sathiyasekaran - President ISPGHAN, Dr Anshu Srrivastava- Secretary ISPGHAN shared their views in the inauguration.
The highlight of the meeting was the eposter session which was the first for an ISPGHAN meeting and was a big success with more than a 100 abstracts received for the conference. The meeting truly reflected the coming of age of the specialty of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The proceedings of the meeting are available on