|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 84-85
Thyroidology at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies conference: A report
Sanjay Kalra1, Rakesh Kumar Sahay2, Sarita Bajaj3
1 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Medicine, Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||31-Mar-2014|
Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal - 132 001, Haryana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kalra S, Sahay RK, Bajaj S. Thyroidology at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies conference: A report. Thyroid Res Pract 2014;11:84-5
|How to cite this URL:|
Kalra S, Sahay RK, Bajaj S. Thyroidology at the first South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies conference: A report. Thyroid Res Pract [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 18];11:84-5. Available from: http://www.thetrp.net/text.asp?2014/11/2/84/129740
Thyroid disorders occupy a prominent place in the phalanx of endocrine and metabolic diseases. The increasing incidence and prevalence of thyroid disease, coupled with better understanding, diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, has led to enhanced focus on this endocrine subspecialty. South Asia is no exception to this global trend. 
The newly formed South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies. (SAFES), held its first international conference on 17 th and 18 th August 2013 at Hyderabad, India. Attended by expert faculty and delegates from all five member countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; this meeting marked a historic and glorious moment in the history of south Asian endocrinology.
The scientific agenda of this meeting, crafted by the chairs Subhankar Chowdhury (India) and Faruque Pathan (Bangladesh), was a comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of modern endocrine science. Within this, thyroidology received its fair share of attention, perhaps in response to Thyroid Research and Practice's call not to treat thyroid as a lesser gland. 
The Presidential Oration (Sarita Bajaj) called for a south Asian consensus in screening for congenital hypothyroidism. The main hall saw two thyroid symposia, covering topics on thyroid nodule, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid function tests, and sick euthyroid syndrome. Other lectures covered iodine deficiency disorders, the impact of universal salt iodization and micropapillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Speakers and chairpersons were from all the participating nations.
In the Endocrine Quiz, too, thyroidology was well represented. Our favorite question: "Name the official journal of the Indian Thyroid Society". Three poster and two oral presentations, out of a total of 38, also covered thyroid disease.
The coverage of thyroidology in the first SAFES conference makes this fact certain: Thyroid health in south Asia is in SAFE hands.
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|1.||Kalra S, Unnikrishnan AG, Sahay R. The global burden of thyroid disease. Thyroid Res Pract 2013;10:89-90. |
|2.||Kalra S, Unnikrishnan AG, Baruah MP. Thyroid: Disorders of a lesser gland. Thyroid Res Pract 2013;10:45-6. |