The Adventure of Rare Diseases: Care and Clinical Research” – Prof Loic Guillevin, PGIMER celebrates Institute Foundation Day

 Chandigarh, July 16: Prof Loïc Guillevin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics, Cochin Hospital University of Paris Descartes was the chief guest on the foundation day celebrations of PGIMER. He delivered a lecture on ‘The Adventure of Rare Diseases: Care & Clinical Research.’ Prof Guillevin is a world leader in the field of vasculitis, a group of diseases caused by inflammation of the blood vessels. These are rare diseases and doing systemic studies for developing evidence based treatment recommendations of these life threatening diseases is extremely difficult.To overcome this challenge, he had set up a collaborative French vasculitis study group in 1981.

During his talk, Prof Guillevin detailed as to how the French group was established and how the collaborative research led to studies resulting in a path breaking treatment recommendations for these diseases.  He discussed about the paradigm shift in the management of systemic vasculitis with growing scientific evidence. He also discussed the role of various drugs which suppress the immune system in treatment of ANCA associated vasculitis a diseases which involves the small blood vessels in our body.  He said that patients of this disease can have complaints of bleeding through nose, coughing out blood, kidney failure etc. Since this disease has relapsing nature, he told about the newer scientific evidence for maintenance of this disease in remission. Apart from these, he elaborated about the future studies that are in pipeline, for answering many questions which are still unanswered like how long treatment is required, how frequent treatment is required etc.

He informed about the national plan on rare disease, ‘centre maladies rares’ widely supported, by the Patient Associations. The aim of the project is to highlight rare diseases and to provide patients who are suffering from them with answers to most of the questions they arise. Towards the end of his talk he further emphasized the need for global collaborative research.

 Earlier Prof Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER introduced the Chief Guest and informed the audience about the latest developments of the Institute. In this regard he said that over the years, PGI has witnessed a spectacular expansion in quality patient-care, academic programs and relentless upgradation of technology. PGI was awarded the best hospital of the country by the British Medical Journal and second best by The Week Magazine. Government of India has twice selected PGIMER as one of the cleanest hospitals of the country.

The distinguished teaching faculty is the backbone of PGIMER. Teaching faculty performs the Herculean task of treating patients, training residents and conducting research. The existing operation theatres are being modernized and out-patient department is being centrally air conditioned. In the campus, soon a Neurosciences Centre, Mother & New-born Care Centre and a new Modular Operation Theatre complex is coming up.

Regarding the departmental achievements, Prof Jagat Ram said ,”The Institute is involved in collaborative research with international and national agencies and is a World Health Organization Designated Research Centre for several disciplines. The Department of Transfusion Medicine has been awarded the prestigious award of the International Society of Blood Transfusion for the year 2018 in recognition of the Department’s Outstanding Services.  The Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, recently received the prestigious National Award as an “Organization of Excellence” for its Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse, as the best institute under the category “Best Research and Innovation”. The Department of Pediatric Surgery has started doing Pediatric Robotic Surgery. The Department of Anaesthesia at PGIMER in collaboration with Infosys Ltd. has developed an indigenous electronic data recording system named AIMS-Anaesthesia Information Management System. No such electronic data recording system (EDRS) exists in any government sector hospital.”

While talking about the medical education and research, he said that our faculty has received around Rs. 33 crores as extra-mural grant last year and published about 1100 research papers.  We now have international collaborations with various international and national Universities. To show-case our research, we celebrate PGI Research Day every year.  Till date 5396 students in medical specialties and 2717students in surgical specialties have received degrees in postgraduate courses. PGI runs 16 MD Courses, 04 MS Courses, 23 DM Courses and 07 M.Ch. Courses besides Dental, Nursing and Medical Technology Courses.

Twenty five PGI employees were honoured by Prof Guillevin .  They were presented appreciation certificates along with mementoes.  These were:

  • Dr. Shiv Lal Soni, Assistant Professor, Anaesthesia
  • Sh. Naresh Kumar, Stenographer, Vigilance Cell
  • Sh. Nasib Singh Minhas, O.T. Technician, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Unit
  • Ms. Kiran Bala, Technical Assistant (Lab.), Medical Microbiology
  • Sh. Harish Ahuja, Personal Assistant, O/o Sr. Admn. Officer (I)
  • Sh. John Paul, Senior Nursing Officer, A.T.C. (Disaster Ward)
  • Dr. Kulbeer Kaur, Nursing Officer, Medical Microbiology
  • Sh. Hukam Singh Bhandari, Office Superintendent, (Miscellaneous Section, Estt. Br. & Estt. of Technical & Non-Technical (EII(4) Section)
  • Sh. Narinder Kumar Prarthi, Sr. Technical Officer (Vehicle), Hospital Administration
  • CA. Pankaj Talwar, Purchase Officer, Procurement Branch (Import Section)
  • Ms. Sulinder Kaur, Senior Nursing Officer, Private Ward 4th A
  • Ms. Anita Rani, Senior Nursing Officer, Private Ward 4th A
  • Sh. Jaswant Singh, Upper Division Clerk, Engineering Deptt.
  • Dr. Ashish Singh Aditya, Senior Resident, Anaesthesia
  • Ms. Parul Parihar O.T. Assistant, Anaesthesia
  • Ms. Bandna Devi, O.T. Assistant, Anaesthesia
  • Sh. Jitendra kumar Verma, Nursing Officer, Pvt. 4th A
  • Dr. Kamaldeep Singh, Junior Resident, General Surgery
  • Sh. Rajesh Kumar, Fire Officer
  • Sh. Sanjay Kumar, Fire cum security guard
  • Sh. O.P. Sharda, Ex. Registrar
  • Sh. Narinder Singh Rawat, Hospital Attendant, Establishment Branch-II
  • Sh. Mohmad Imran, Hospital Attendant, Procurement Branch (Import Section)
  • Sh. Sudhir Kumar, Hospital Attendant, O/o Medical Supdt.(Gen. Br.) 
  • Sh. Kulwinder Singh, Hospital Attendant, O/o Financial Adviser
  • Ms. Harbhajan Kaur R/o Sector-46C Chandigarh who is donating money for the cause of poor has also been awarded by the worthy DPGI. Substantial amount was donated by her for the construction of 3rd story in sarai to make arrangement for attendants of patients at PGIMER in the premises of Gurudwara coming from various states. She has been regularly giving donations to the poor patients to the PGIMER for the purchase of medicines.
Prof. Arvind Rajvanshi, Dean, Research PGIMER delivered the vote of thanks. Dignitaries from various Institutes of Chandigarh, former PGI directors and professors, heads of departments, faculty and other staff were present on the occasion.
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