A Successful International Live conference on “ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY” called “Millennium Update 2008” at Surat, Taj Gateway Hotel.

On 18th & 19th an International conference on assisted reproductive technology was held in Surat, at the Taj Gateway hotel. The conference was held by the famous infertility specialists of India Dr. Purnima & Dr. Kishore Nadkarni with their Nadkarni group of hospitals & 21st century hospitals in Killa Pardi, Vapi & Surat.

Drs Nadkarni’s Kishore & Purnima a gold medallist couple, who studied in KEM hospital Mumbai, started their currier in a small town of Killa Pardi, with an aim to give Gold standard, hi tech treatment to the rural population of India, 25 yrs ago leaving the lucrative practice of city. Nadkarni hospital grew in size & shape to become the active rural hospital on highway giving emergency treatments to everyone. Due to the green fingers of Dr. Purnima , who has taken education under Dr. Indira Hinduja & Dr. V N Purandare who are the great experts in Infertility treatment the infertile couples from Rural Killa Pardi, Dharampur, Chikhali, Vapi , Valsad started getting pregnant, This couple then went to Germany, USA, Australasia to take advanced infertility, endoscopy & ultrasound training came back to start their own “ IVF canter” called Nadkarni IVF centre which has in last 12 yrs given more than 1000 IVF, ICSI pregnancies to not only rural , urban India but patients from Pakistan, USA, UK, New Zealand, Kenya etc.

At the turn of the century they started a “21st century hospital, multifacility which is the only ISO 9001-2000 hospital of Valsad district catering to population of Vapi, Silvassa & Daman. It is now called MINI Hinduja hospital of Vapi.

On March 2007, Nadkarni’s started yet another multifacility hospital at Surat, called 21st century hospital & test tube baby centre, which is taken care by their Gold medallist daughter Dr. Pooja who has in the short span of 1 ½ year given 400 pregnancies to the infertile couples of Surat & surroundings, out of which 130 are with the treatment called test tube baby & ICSI- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

To mark these occasions they have come with the major International conference on assisted reproductive technology called “Millennium update 2008”. The international faculty were Dr. Stuart Lavery, from U.K., embryologist Dr. Jayant Mehta from U.K., Dr. Howard carp & Dr. Ariel Hourwitz from Israel. There was plethora of 45 national doctors from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipal, Bangalore, Indore, New Delhi, Chennai etc. About 400 delegates from India & abroad attended this conference.

On 18th October, Saturday there were 2 live workshops on ART – assisted reproductive technology & IUI -the procedure in which sperms of a male partner are enriched to make his wife pregnant. About 150 delegates attended live ART workshop & 120 delegates attended IUI workshop. The procedures of Live ovum pick up, test tube baby, ICSI, TESA , sperm wash etc were done live at the World class IVF centre of 21st century hospital at Surat & it was shown live by satellite to the delegates in Hotel Lords Plaza. There were two way discussions on all live procedures & delegates really enjoyed every bit of live training. The live demonstration & workshop got over by 5.00 PM.

In the evening on 18th, there was an inauguration ceremony & banquet dinner followed by musical night by Sufi singer, Adil Husseni from Hydrabad. Mr. Prakash Padukone, a badminton legend of India who has made India world famous, who is father of the famous film star Deepika Padukone was the chief guest. Mr. Kim , chief MD of L.G Life sciences was another chief guest. Mr. Neeraj Goel, CEO L.G Life science was the guest of honor. Dr. Mahindra Parikh, senior Gynecologist from Mumbai, Ex. KEM & Wadia teacher & Dr. Behram Anklesaria famous teacher from Ahmedabad were the patrons of the conference. There was surprise chief guest star Mausumi Chattergy from Mumbai who visited the couple. The masters of ceremony were Dr. Kishore Nadkarni & Dr. Nilima Sompura & Dr. Heena kamdar from Mumbai. It started with prayer by Dr. Aditi Nadkarni, Gen next of Nadkarni empire. Dr. Purnima Nadkarni gave the welcome speech. She described how the 21st century doctor has to constantly learn, unlearn & relearn. Knowledge of infertility changes day by day & one has to be always a learner. She welcomed the faculty & delegates & the pharma companies as well as the guests. Dr. Kishore Nadkarni, director of the Nadkarni group of hospitals then gave the vivid picture of 25 years of their success. He spoke on conference themes. Initially in 20th century, it was “SEX for reproduction”, then in contraception era it was “Sex without reproduction” & now in 21st century it is “Reproduction without sex”. Beyod ART- vision, innovation & passion is the theme of conference. He also launched “Nadkarni medical foundation” on this day. This will give subsidised treatment to poor patients who can not afford costly treatment. Lighting of lamp was done by Dr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Kim & Mr. Neeraj Goel. The patrons Dr. Behram Anklesaria & Dr Mahindra Parikh Congratulated the Duo Purnima- Kishore for being made for each other couple, high achievers & constantly ready to impart knowledge to their colleagues. They have been ideal doctors, IVF specialists & parents who have 3 brilliant children too. Dr. Prakash Padukone spoke about his achievements to become No. one badminton player of the country & congratulated the couple for doing this extraordinary conference in surat. Mr KIM, MD of LG life science encouraged the couple by promising full support of their company for the Duo’s future expansion plans of starting stem cell research. Mr Neeraj goel too spoke high about Kishore Purnima & their continuous effort to bring hi tech medical care to rural India.

Then there was an oration by the FOGSI (federation of Gynecologists & Obstetricians of India) president on “Assisted Reproductive technology- Past, present & Future”. The foreign faculty were felicitated. Thanks giving were done by Dr. Kishore Nadkarni. He thanked all faculty, delegates & phrama companies who made it a successful conference. The opening ceremony was followed by a grand banquet dinner & musical night by the famous “Sufi” singer Adil Husseni from Hydrabad.

On 19th the main conference started at 9.00 AM. Many famous IVF specialist from India & abroad participated in the conference. There were lectures, group discussions, panel discussions by National & international speakers. About 500 delegates were registered. End of the day Lucky draw made many go home with surprise gifts. All the delegates went home with happy memories of “Millennium update 2008”.