|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 101-102
Indian Thyroid Society – Journey so far and path ahead
KM Prasanna Kumar
Consultant Endocrinologist, Bangalore, India
|Date of Web Publication||15-Nov-2018|
Prof. K M Prasanna Kumar
936, 3rd A Cross, Kalyan Nagar, I Block, Bangalore 43, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Prasanna Kumar K M. Indian Thyroid Society – Journey so far and path ahead. Thyroid Res Pract 2018;15:101-2
The Indian Thyroid Society was started by a group of endocrinologists at Cochin under the leadership of Prof. R. V. Jayakumar who is the founder chairman of the society. The Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes of the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, had taken the initiative in forming a national organization, namely Indian Thyroid Society. The Indian Thyroid Society was registered on May 28, 2003, at Kochi.
Starting with a handful of members from the AIMS, now ITS has a membership of 1997. ITS has members consisting of endocrinologists, basic scientists, endocrine surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists, pathologists, and postdoc students.
The vision of ITS is to spread awareness regarding thyroid disorders among professionals and the public, to educate and improve skills of doctors and paramedics in the management of thyroid disorders, and to promote high quality of research in India.
The mission of ITS is to organize conferences, seminars, meetings, and discussions about thyroid diseases and to promote research in the field of thyroidology and also to impart adequate scientific knowledge to patients with thyroid disease through meetings and media. At present, ITS has a strength of 2020 members.
The first National Conference of ITS was held in Kochi 2005. Subsequently, annual meetings of ITS were held at Lucknow, Udaipur, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Varanasi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Delhi from 2006 to 2017.
ITS became a member of Asia and Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA), the largest thyroid society in Asia, from 2010 onwards, and ITS has a member in the governing body of AOTA from 2012. ITS is now an affiliate of AOTA. Prof. R. V. Jayakumar founder member from ITS is one of the members of the governing body of AOTA. ITS had hosted the AOTA conference in COCHIN, India, in 2015, which was a great success. Indian thyroidologists had their footprints in Asia even before ITS started functioning as a scientific body. Prof. Gopal K. Rastogi was one of the three Vice-Presidents of AOTA from 1975–1978, followed by Dr. Vinod Kumar during 1980–1985 as VP. ITS members were invited to deliver lectures in the AOTA annual conference at Bali in 2013 and in Busan in 2017.
Thyroid Research and Practice, a publication of the Indian Thyroid Society, is a peer-reviewed online journal with three issues so far. The society started publishing a journal called “Thyroid Journal” which was initially started by preparing and publishing from the Endocrinology Department of AIMS with Dr. R. V. Jayakumar as the Chief Editor and Dr. A. G. Unnikrishnan as the Executive Editor. About 10,000 copies of this journal are being distributed all over India. The journal's full text is available online at http://www.thetrp.net. The journal allows free access (open access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional/subject-based repository. The journal is indexed with, or included in, Index Copernicus and Indian Science Abstracts.
The ITS has published “ITS Clinical Manual of Thyroid Disorders.”
ITS has published “Guidelines for the Management of Depression and Thyroid Dysfunction,” Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy, Hypothyroidism and Dyslipidaemia, Hypothyroidism and Diabetes and Subclinical Hypothyroidism.
Patient awareness initiatives such as thyroid on wheels to improve awareness in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh were organized.
ITS with collaboration of local organizations has conducted many meetings and public awareness programs at various parts of India. In 2018 ITS in collaboration with Karnataka Endocrine Society organized a thyroid camp and public awareness program at Kolar. ITS observed World Thyroid Day on May 25, 2018, by arranging a Continuing Medical Education seminar on advances in thyroid disorders along with KES at Bengaluru where Prof. Joel Ehrenkranz, endocrinologist from Utah-USA spoke to endocrinologists of Karnataka.
Dr. Shashank Joshi, Secretary, ITS, had organized an endocrine update at Mumbai along with Association of Physicians of India and Endocrine Society in September 2018.
The ITS should grow bigger and stronger by bringing in many more clinicians and paramedical and clinical thyroidologists into its fold as members, who take part actively in strengthening and building the organization. ITS should increase its members at AOTA. There are around 100 members from ITS who are also members of AOTA. By increasing the number of Indian thyroidologists in AOTA, ITS will have greater impact and involvement in AOTA. ITS should take the responsibility of hosting AOTA meeting in India to bring the best from Asia to India.
ITS had a discussion with the American Thyroid Association (ATA) during 2018 – ATA annual conference at Washington DC, regarding ATA- ITS conference at India. It will be mutually beneficial conference with bi-directional learning. The objective is to bring the best from the west to the east and also invite speakers and delegates from Asian countries such as Korea, China, Singapore, and Japan to attend ITS-ATA conference. The purpose is to help the Asian thyroidologists both clinical and basic researchers to interact and exchange scientific knowledge with American clinicians and scientists.
ITS is also in contact with European, British, and Korean thyroid associations to have exchange programs and combined conferences in India. Networking and collaborative research can help younger clinicians and scientists of India to have access to the best practices and knowledge as members from Asia cannot necessarily attend the American or European thyroid conferences due to cost and time factors. The leadership qualities of our members and executive body should take the Indian Thyroid Society to greater heights, and ITS should be at the forefront as a trendsetter in Asia.