MUMBAI, (GNI): The 9th edition of Apollo Hospital’s International Clinical Nutrition Update (AICNU) Conference got underway in Mumbai today. Organised by the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics arm of Apollo Hospitals Group, the annual conference continues to provide a core knowledge exchange platform to distinguished Clinical Nutritionists and Dieticians from around the globe to highlight the latest advancements and updates in the field of Clinical Nutrition. The Conference also aims to provide healthcare practitioners with an understanding of the central role of nutrition in healthcare.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting Evidence to Clinical Nutrition Practice”. Over 550 delegates across 10 countries will be getting together for 2 days to share best practices. The Conference is designed to have a wide variety of formats including debates, lectures, symposia, abstracts sessions, discussions, and presentations that will highlight important issues like nutrition in intestinal failure, in surgical oncology, immunonutrition, hospital malnutrition and clinical nutrition research. AICNU’s scientific committee received 75 research abstracts in the run-up to the Conference. The conference’s eminent jury have adjudged five abstracts of distinction.
Dr. Prathap Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The theme of this year’s conference, Connecting Evidence to Clinical Nutrition Practice is very apt. It has been clearly demonstrated that failure to meet the nutritional needs of a hospitalized patient delays recovery from major illnesses. Hospital– based nutritional intervention is a team effort which involves optimal contribution from the treating physician or surgeon, dietitian/clinical nutritionist and nurse practioners.”
Dr. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “At Apollo Hospitals, we believe in evidence-based care. Our Clinical Nutrition team works closely with clinical teams in developing patient-specific nutrition. Clinical Nutritionists play a pivotal role in patient recovery and it is important that they stay abreast of global trends and developments in the field. This conference is an attempt to provide such a platform.”
Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “AICNU is a leading opportunity for clinical dieticians, academic faculty, research experts in nutrition and dietetics and talented student communities providing an ideal environment to share the latest innovations in Nutrition and Dietetics. The aim of AICNU is to provide a comprehensive platform to converse about the newest research and novelties in the arena of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, aiming to bring best practices of Nutritional Therapies and Treatments in various challenging medical conditions
Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, Group Chief Dietitian, Apollo Hospitals & Organizing Chairperson of the event said, “The importance of Clinical Nutritionists role in the healthcare domain need not be overemphasized. It is very important for all practicing dietitians and clinical nutritionists to consistently and constantly upgrade their knowledge on the latest trends in clinical nutrition and practice evidence-based nutrition”.
Dr. Narendra D Trivedi, CEO – Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai said, “Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai is proud to be hosting this event for the first time within one year of its launch. Our eminent speakers will explain how to evaluate the benefits and risks of nutritional recommendations for specific health conditions through an analysis of the existing scientific and clinical evidence”.
ABOUT APOLLO HOSPITALS: It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.
As Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,500 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches panning the length and breadth of the Country.
As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 30 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.ends