NUTRITION SOCIETY OF INDIA (NSI)
National Institute of Nutrition Campus (Indian Council of Medical Research)
Jamai-Osmania (P.O), Near Tarnaka X Road Hyderabad – 500 007,
Andhra PradeshIndia India
Year Established : 1966
Number of Members : 4226
President : Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Bangalore
Vice-Presidents : Dr. B. Sesikeran, Hyderabad
Dr. Kanta K Sharma, New Delhi
Secretary : Dr. Rajoo Singh Chhina, Ludhiana
Joint Secretary : Dr. R. Hemalatha, Hyderabad
Treasurer : Dr. A. Laxmaiah, Hyderabad
Immediate Past-President : Dr. V. Prakash, Mysore
Ex-Officio Member : Dr. Kalpagam Polasa, Director, In-charge, NIN
1. Dr.C.Anjali Devi, Hyderabad
2. Dr.A.G.Appu Rao, Mysore
3. Dr.Basanthi Barooha, Assam
4. Dr.Bharathi Kulkarni, Hyderabad
5. Dr.Jagmeet Madan, Mumbai
6. Dr.Jamuna Prakash, Mysore
7. Dr.Kasturi Sen Ray, Mumbai
8. Dr.Kumud Khanna, New Delhi
9. Dr.Mohammad Athar Ansari, Aligarh (UP)
10. Dr.H.Prathap Kumar Shetty, Puducherry
11. Dr.S.Premakumari, Coimbatore
12. Dr.G.M.Subba Rao, Hyderabad
13. Dr. Sunita Malhotra, Chandigarh
The 46th Annual National Conference of Nutrition Society of India (NSICON2014) was organized at Dayan and Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab from 6-8 Nov, 2014. The theme of the conference was Nutritional Approach for combating Non Communicable Diseases in India. In this conference around 800 delegates from Universities, Medical and Nursing Colleges, ICMR HQ and its Institutes from India participated. Delegates from American Society of Nutrition also participated in the conference.
On 6th November, two workshops on Nutrition Assessment and Ethics in Human Research were conducted. The topics covered in this workshop were Nutritional Epidemiology, Methods for assessment of nutritional status, Diet Survey methodology and techniques for measuring anthropometric measurements. The workshop on Ethics in human research was held in the afternoon. A special session on Dinning etiquette – The meal is the emblem of civilization was also organized. There were around 170 participants in these workshops which mainly include research scholars and young researchers.
The main conference began on day 7th November. The conference was inaugurated by Dr SS Gill, Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. A debate on “NCD and Gunk food – Is there a relationship?’ was held. The topics of debate were: Is it Junk food or Junk eating? by Dr B Sesikeran; Regulation, marketing and advertising of junk food by Dr GM Subha Rao and Dr Sukhwinder Cheema from Canada talked about ‘Junk food: A Western Perspective’. Prof Shashank Joshi, President Association of Physicians spoke for the motion and Dr Atul Sachdev, Director/Principal, GMC, Chandigarh spoke against the motion. Dr. Subba Rao MG, flagged some important issues for the debate such as what constitutes „junk‟? What it means to restrict or regulate junk foods in the Indian context? Whether it is the „fat-tax‟ experiment in Denmark (imposed in 2012 but repealed a year later) or ban on TV advertisements of sugary beverages and other high calorie foods for children in Mexico; regulation fast food marketing in Québec province of Canada or legislations in Australia, what do these attempts from around the world inform us? What could be the way forward? While Dr Shashank R Joshi said that banning junk food is one of the remedies to combat the NCD burden of the country, Dr Atul Sachdeva said that Banning junk foods is not an option but educating the public about healthy eating practices and the judicious use of the so called “junk foods” is what is required.
Dr Michael S Kramer from Canada delivered the prestigious Gopalan Oration on the theme International Standards for birth weight- does one size fit all? He emphasized that birth weight is determined by two mechanisms: (1) the duration of gestation and (2) the rate of fetal growth.1 Thus LBW can arise due to one or both mechanisms. And went on to explain that with customized standards, one should compare the observed birth weight of a given infant to the birth weight “expected” for that gestational age, where the expected birth weight is estimated from a statistical regression model for presumed “physiological” maternal characteristics known to affect infant size. He further highlighted that what is “normal” or “physiological” need additional reflection, and possible revision, in the not-too-distant future.
The day ended with a symposium on Nutrition, Metabolism and NCD in which Dr Arti Pandya Jairath from USA spoke on Genetic Metabolic diseases; Dr Shilpa S Joshi on Approaches for combating malnutrition and Dr Deepinder Chhina on Food Borne Diseases and Nutrition.
Apart from the above there were many oral and poster presentations by the delegates.
The prestigious Srikantia Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Prof. & Head, Division of Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Banglore on “Poverty and State of Protein Nutrition in India”, He highlighted that almost every benevolent policy to improve the state of nutrition in poverty has been considered and passed into legislation in India. He emphasised that to an extent, nutritional policies have centred on the provision of adequate energy, or specific micronutrients. But the persistence of poverty and malnutrition are symptoms of a systemic failure of implementation in India that needs immediate redress. He further added that given the conflicting forces that drive the economy, it is unlikely malnutrition will disappear in the near future. As pressures such as environmental sustainability, climate change and international trade in commodities increase, the challenge for Indian agriculture and food distribution systems, specifically for good quality protein sources, to keep up with production and access will become ever greater.
The fifth Dr. Rajammal p Devdas Memorial Award was delivered by Prof. G. Subbulakshmi, Retired Director, PG Department & Head, Department of Food Science & Nutrition, SNDT University, Mumbai. Prof. G. Subbulakshmi spoke on “Farm Foods and Pharm Foods”. She summarised saying that longevity has increased and at the same time lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are adding to the healthcare burden of our nation. The challenge of the changing health needs is to provide prevention strategies too rather than curing the afflicted alone. Plant foods not only preserve and protect health but also function as therapeutic and curative agents. Most of these foods have now been clinically tried out in-vitro and in-vivo and quite a few have been confirmed as effective and some of them have been even proved as equal as or better than the standard pharmaceuticals in use. Thus, inclusion of these foods in regular diet planning and/or counselling is highly recommended.
Dr. B K Anand Memorial Award has been instituted this year by the Nutrition Society of India, in association with B. K. Anand Benevolent Trust, New Delhi, in memory of Prof. Bal Kishan Anand, an internationally renowned physiologist. The first Dr. B K Anand Memorial Award was given to Dr. Prema Ramachandran, Director, Nutrition Foundation of India, New Delhi.
A symposium on Nutritional concepts in Foetal Programming was held. Dr Vandana Jain from AIMS Delhi spoke on Recent advances in mechanism of Foetal programming; Dr M Raghunath from NIN Hyderabad on Developmental programming for adult onset diseases: Role of maternal micronutrient status and associated mechanisms and Dr Sukhinder Cheema from Canada on Mother’s dietary fat intake and cardiovascular health of the next generation.
In the afternoon Session, Symposium II on the theme Nutrition, metabolism and NCDs was held. Dr G.S Toteja; Dr SV Rana; Dr Alka Mohan Chutani and Dr M Wadhwa were the speakers for this session. Free paper presentations on different topics were also held.
Young Scientist Awards Sessions were held in Community Nutrition and Experimental Nutrition categories in Junior and Senior segments. Alongside these, free communication sessions witnessed oral presentations in various disciplines such as community nutrition, experimental nutrition, nutrition education and communication, food science etc.
Valedictory function was organized which was attended by the office bearers of NSI, Organizing Committee members of NSICON2014, Administrators of the host institute and delegates. Dr R Hemalatha announced the awards. Dr Anura V Kurpad, President NSI presented the awards to young scientists. The function ended with a vote of thanks by Dr R K Soni, Joint Secretary of NSICON 2014.
The forthcoming 47thAnnual National Conference of Nutrition Society of India will be held on 9th&10th of October 2015 at National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. Along with the main conference, two pre-conference workshops will be organized on 8th October 2015. The brochure and other details of the conference are now available on NSI website www.nutritionsocietyindia.org
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL CHAPTER
At present, there are 36 Chapters of NSI located in various parts of the country. The main activities of these chapters include conducting panel discussions, special lectures, popular lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and organizing special events like National Nutrition Week, World Health Day, World Food Day throughout the year.