International Journal of Ayurveda Research

: 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 279-

Update Ayurveda report

Supriya Bhalerao 
 Department of Clinical Pharmacology, TNMC and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, India

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Supriya Bhalerao
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, TNMC and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai

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Bhalerao S. Update Ayurveda report.Int J Ayurveda Res 2010;1:279-279

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Conference Report

Update Ayurveda

Jointly organized by:

Ayurveda Research Center, Seth GSMC and

KEM Hospital and Shardini Dahanukar-Advanced Center for Ayurveda Research, Training and Services,

TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai

November 25th -27th, 2010

Ayurveda is an international conference organized every 4 years that attempts to compile the major developments in the field of Ayurveda at the national and international levels. The objective of the conference, which was organized between November 25 th and 27 th November, 2010, was to bring together clinicians from the Ayurvedic and orthodox western streams of medicine on one platform to share with each other their experiences. The theme was 'Bridging Therapeutic Gaps.'

A 2-day pre-conference workshop preceded the main conference. This pre-conference workshop on 'Translating Research into Publication' (covering all aspects of medical writing) was held at the BYL Nair Ch Hospital from 23 rd -24 th November, 2010. Forty-eight participants registered for participation. Topics included IMRAD structure; review of literature; protocol writing; and interpretation, presentation and discussion of results. Choosing of the right journal, the process of peer review, and the expectations of reviewers were also discussed. Various research techniques were demonstrated at the KEM and Nair Hospitals' Ayurveda centers. Group discussions were organized between participants and faculty. All through the workshop some emphasis was laid on the reference citation style for Ayurveda literature. Other specific challenges were also addressed.

One hundred and fifty participants registered for the conference. Thirty-six posters were presented and eighteen participants competed for the oral presentation prize. Several symposia were organized in plenary sessions, which highlighted the role of Ayurveda in different diseases against the background of the problems faced by practitioners of western medicine when treating these diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, skin disease, and anorectal and fertility disorders were the areas covered. The symposium on Research Methodology in Ayurveda discussed various new approaches and the challenges therein.

The highlight of this update, as of the last two meetings, was the prestigious Dr Sharadini Dahanukar Oration, which was delivered this year by Dr M. S. Valiathan; his talk on 'Science Initiatives in Ayurveda' was both informative and inspiring.

Guest lectures were on relevant topics such as overview of the National Pharmacovigilance Programme for ASU drugs (an activity that started as an outcome of Update Ayurveda-2006), Evolution of Research Methodology, Medical Writing in Ayurveda - Need for Standardization, and the Importance of GIT in Ayurveda, with Correlation in Modern Medicine.

A panel discussion on 'Crosspathy Practices: Conflict or Confluence?,' with participation by Dr Manoj Nesari, Joint Advisor, Department of AYUSH, and Dr SN Oak, Director (ME and MH), of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, was very vibrant and threw up very relevant suggestions, such as initiation of integrative medicine courses, incorporation of Ayurveda electives in the MBBS curriculum, and conduct of continuing medical education (CME) programs for practitioners.

The feedback received from participants was excellent and all the sessions were well appreciated by the participants.