Many projects which were conceived over the years have seen the light of the day. To mention a few, we were able to have a good financial support, thanks to the organizers of Annual Conferences. Their generous donations to ISNACC have made us financially stronger. We are now able to provide financial grants to support academic activities of our members, such as attending International meetings to present scientific papers and carrying out funded research projects. Our membership strength has been growing.
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It is with great pleasure and honour; I take the mantle of President of this august body, ISNACC. I am sure that my Executive Council would commit to do all possible endeavors in our reach.
In the year 1995, luminaries like Dr. H H Dash (AIIMS, New Delhi) and Dr. K J Choudhury (VIMHANS, New Delhi) and few others got together and conceived the idea of starting a Society for the Neuroanaesthesiologists; thus, ISNACC was born. The first conference of ISNACC was held in New Delhi in 1996 and was organized by Dr. Mary Abraham. Since then the conferences has been organized every year in different locations.
Five years back, the Society started a Post-doctoral Fellowship (PDF) course in Neuroanaesthesiology. It has been very successful with eight different hospital are affiliated to the one-year PDF course, at present. A good number of students have taken the advantage of this course, and have been certified by our Society. ISNACC also took initiative to start the PDF course in “Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care”. Last year, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) approved the two-year FNB course, and has invited applications for accreditation of this course in different institutions. It is hoped that many more anaesthesiologists would opt for this DNB course. We already have three-year DM curriculum in Neuroanaesthesia running in Institutes of national importance like AIIMS, New Delhi; NIMHANS, Bengaluru; SCTIMST, Trivandrum; and PGIMER, Chandigarh. All these academic courses provided an opportunity of trained neuroanaesthesiologists being available across the country. Although ISNACC has achieved significantly in terms of course and adequacy of trained man power, we are still lagging behind in terms of clinical researches. The Society has been providing research grants for quite some time. However, a very few institutions could only avail this opportunity. This year, we would like to put more emphasis on ISNACC research activities. We would certainly strive to support original researches by ISNACC members with adequate monetary support.
As we all know, we do not have our own epidemiological statistics on head injury and many other aspects of neuroanaesthesia. Let us make a humble beginning this year by opening a Registry on Trauma and Head Injury. The previous Council under leadership of Dr. Rajiv Chawla has already initiated popularizing the GCS score in various Indian languages, for easy interpretation. We shall continue to support their effort. I request all the members to participate and co-operate in this initiative.
Another important achievement of previous year was the starting of the Journal of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (JNACC), with three issues per year. It is our duty to make sure that articles of International Standards are published in this journal. We plan to generate a corpus amount so that JNACC becomes financially stable. We hope this year our Journal gets listed by the Pub Med, under the able Editorship of Dr. Parmod Bithal.
I congratulate and thank all the previous Executive members, particularly the outgoing President, Dr. Rajiv Chawla, outgoing Secretary and Treasurer, Dr. Hemanshu Prabhakar and Dr. Girija Prasad Rath for the excellent work they have done during their tenure.
The growth of a Society depends on activities of its members; hence, we need to enroll more members. In this endeavor, I request all the present members to encourage atleast one to two additional members to join our Society. Let “Each One Reach One” be our motto. As Swamy Vivekananda once said “Let us Think, Dream and Live”; hence, to achieve our set goal, we need to think ideas, dream, live, and execute them. I request all members to come forward with suggestions and actively participate in the growth of our Society.
Long Live ISNACC!
G. Parameswara, MD