Commonwealth Association for Paediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition REPORT CAPGAN Conference, New Delhi, India 2015
CAPGAN held its Conference in New Delhi, India 2015 at Grand Hotel, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, India. Registrants were welcomed on the 3rd October evening by the Commonwealth Secretariat at The Grand Hotel. They were entertained with music, singing and brief speeches of welcome; and offered drinks and an excellent buffet supper. The conference papers were presented and posters displayed at venue over the three days, 2nd to 4th October. All events were very fully attended and lively discussion occurred throughout.
Organization having decided to have the conference in 2015 in New Delhi, India an organising committee was convened. A few meetings followed but most of the work was done using Skype by a Core Committee, a Programme Committee, an Abstracts Committee and a Social Committee. Several other persons were willingly recruited including the, a website manager, colleagues and students to help on the spot and also, an administrator/secretary. All were invaluable and due much gratitude.
The scientific programme covered a wide array of contemporary topics, research developments and newer Technologies in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Important topics such as Celiac Disease, Diarrhea, GI Infections, GERD, IBD, Food allergy, Malnutrition, Obesity, Fatty Liver Diseases, Metabolic Liver Diseases, Viral hepatitis and much more would be covered. The conference science will be delivered by popular speakers of National and International repute.
Approximately 87 abstracts were submitted and scored by the Abstracts Committee: 64 were accepted and 16 were presented orally. More were worthy of presentation. Again, they evoked much discussion. The remaining 70 were displayed as posters.
The Delegates CAPGAN members number 382 at present. Of these, 135 attended CAPGAN 2011 and all were offered Certificates of Attendance. Several more wished to attend but were unable to obtain their visas in time. Surprisingly, Bangladeshi delegates were very numerous but none from Canada attended. Otherwise, there were delegates from several sub Saharan African countries, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Jamaica, Australia, also non-Commonwealth countries like Egypt, Denmark and the USA. They all contributed greatly to a short-lived but memorable, enjoyable and remarkably problem-free conference.
Accommodation and Venue both are same at “The Grand Hotel”. It provided 1 large and 1 smaller well equipped and manned lecture theatres, room and boards for posters and Exhibition space, tables and chairs for registration, lunches, meetings rooms and good space for more discussion. All Faculty and most of the delegates were accommodated at The Grand hotel. . Free internet connections were available with buffet breakfast.
This was planned on 3rd October included live music with standup comedian all faculty and delegates were enjoyed live music with drinks and followed by buffet dinner. Instead, delegates were given leaflets or information on ‘things to do in Delhi’ and advice as necessary, eg to travel Agra to see Tajmahal, Chandni chowk, Fort, Rajghat and more shopping in Delhi.