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NEWS BRIEFS A Portrait of Neurocritical Care in India: Beyond the Golden Triangle By Jose Suarez, MD India is a frenetic, vibrant, and magical land. Each trip to India is a wonderful experience In addition, ISCCM and ISNACC join the Nepalese Society of discovery and, for both naïve and seasoned of Critical Care Medicine (NSCCM) to extend our reach and travelers, it can be an assault on the senses. collaboration in that region. We certainly welcome more societies The most travelled circuit in the country, to be part of this important NCS initiative. and for many people it is quintessentially Indian, is the so-called “Golden Triangle” in Several members of NCS were involved in a whirl of feverish the Northern region: Delhi (the capital), Agra activities related to neurocritical care across India in the past few (home of the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur (the weeks. We travelled to Agra, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), and Pink City in Rajasthan). Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). However, India, which is arguably the most diverse nation in the Our immediate past president Romer Geocadin attended the world, extends far beyond this triangle and constitutes the seventh 22ndAnnual Meeting of ISCCM in Agra. Gentle Shrestha directed largest country and the second in population just below China. an ENLS course Adding to this is the fascinating fact that the past and the present at the Institute for constantly collide in a country where its recorded history goes Neuroscience in Kolkata back 5,000 years. with faculty trainers Indranil Ghosh, Bibhu India has been changing rapidly. Such change is being fuelled Das, and Abhijeet Raha. by India’s secular democracy (the largest in the world) and new economic opportunities. I have travelled multiple times Shaheen Shaikh also to the subcontinent for the past decade and am amazed at the directed an ENLS course great progress Indian society has undertaken. An area that has as part of the pre- developed by leaps and bounds is that of medical sciences and congress activities at the neurocritical care is part of it. 17th Annual ISNACC meeting in Begaluru. The development of neurocritical care units and programs, the Current NCS Vice founding of active organizations with a heavy neurocritical President Michel Faculty and attendees at ENLS course in care focus, and the enthusiastic participation in the recently- Torbey, Ines Koerner, Bengaluru. completed PRINCE study all bear witness to such swift growth and Gentle Shrestha, maturation. Neurocritical care in India is definitely coming of age. Abhijit Lele, Shaheen Shaikh, and I were part of the invited International Faculty at the As Secretary of the NCS, I am very pleased and proud to recognize 17th Annual ISNACC meeting. that, in the past few months, two prominent and prestigious Indian medical societies have become members of our Global During these events we had interesting discussions with our Partners Program: the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine Indian colleagues on enhancing collaboration with the NCS, (ISCCM) and the Indian Society of Neuroanesthesiology including educational and research activities, future joint scientific and Critical Care (ISNACC). They have become our allies in sessions, and increasing the number of ENLS courses. A very advocating for improving care for neurocritically ill patients. bright future awaits us. Some faculty members at ISNACC meeting in Bengaluru (from left to right): V J Ramesh (Professor of Neuroanesthesia, NIMHANS, Bengaluru), Jose Suarez, Rohini (Assistant Professor Neuroanesthesia, NIMHANS), Chidanand Swamy (Senior Consultant, Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru), Matthew Chan (Professor of Anesthesia, Chinese University of Hong Kong), G S Umamaheswara Rao (Senior Professor of Neuroanesthesia, Annual Meeting of ISCCM in Agra (from left to right): Dr. NIMHANS), and Sonia Bansalmyself Kadapatti, Dr. Goyal, Dr. Dixit (Secretary General ISCCM), (Assistant Professor of Neuroanesthesia, Romer Geocadin, Dr. Amin (Past ISCCM President), Dr NIMHANS) Sarpa (Chair of Neuro workshop), Dr. Zirpe (President- Elect ISCCM) ENLS Faculty in Bengaluru (from left to right): Michel Torbey, Shaheen Shaikh (UMass), Ines Koerner (OHSU), and Abhijit Lele (Univ of Washington). ENLS Course in Kolkata with Gentle Shrestha in the middle (in the navy blue suit). 13


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