Chandigarh,14.09.18-Drug abuse and addiction (substance use disorders) is rampant in today’s society all across the world, and India is no exception. However, substance use disorders cause not only mental and societal harm but also plenty of medical harm including death. There are hundreds of medical complications of various substance use including HIV infection and AIDS, hepatitis, heart problems, lung diseases and chronic pain conditions, just to name a few. Further, newer drugs are emerging in the scenario all the time, and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine tablets and powder (popularly known as “ICE”) and MDMA (“Ecstasy”) are drugs becoming commoner in use. All these can cause serious medical problems.

Hence, psychiatrists working in the area of de-addiction must be well versed with at least the common medical complications of substance use disorders. This is especially important for an integrated care of the persons suffering from substance use disorders.

To address these issues, the Drug De-Addiction and Treatment Centre (DDTC) under the Department of Psychiatry is organizing a national program of continuing medical education (National CME) at PGIMER, Chandigarh on Saturday, 15th September, 2018. The theme of the CME is “Medical Complications of Substance Use Disorders: What else should a psychiatrist know?” Eminent medical faculty from the departments of internal medicine, cardiology, hepatology, pulmonary medicine, anesthesiology and psychiatry will speak at this CME, which would also feature interactive sessions and case vignette based problem solving exercise.

More than 170 participants who include faculty members, medical officers, private psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and trainees from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Lakshdweep, Andaman and Nicobar, Gujarat, J&K and Sikkim have already registered for the program.

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The 18th Annual Meeting of AOSPR (Asian and Oceanic Society of Paediatric Radiology) combined with 16th Annual meeting of ISPR (Indian Society of Paediatric Radiology) was inaugurated by Prof. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The conference is being organized by Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGIMER, Chandigarh under the Chairmanship of Prof. N. Khandelwal, Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis. Prof.A.K. Saxena and Prof. K.S.Sodhi are Organizing Secretaries of the conference.

Around 800 delegates from different parts of the world are attending the conference. In today’s deliberation, various scientific sessions and symposia were held on paediatric imaging and paediatric emergencies. The major attraction of the day was Dr. MVK Shetty Oration on “The Enigma of Paediatric Liver Tumors; can Multi-modality Imaging be the Guiding Light?” which was delivered by Prof. Raju Sharma, AIIMS, India. Dr. Raju highlighted the role of MRI in diagnosing and characterizing liver tumors in children. Dr. Arcot Gajraj Oration on “MR Imaging of the Newborn Brain and Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy” was delivered by Prof. Manohar Shroff, Radiologist-in-Chief in the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids), Toronto, Canada. He discussed the imaging findings on MRI in encephalopathy.

The day ended with the interesting film reading session, conducted by experts in Paediatric Radiology.