The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India

Orations & Awards

IRA oration

This oration is in recognition of one's contribution to the field of Rheumatology in India. It includes a medal, certificate and return economy-class airfare. The applicant should be a continuous life-member of IRA for 10 years. The application should be accompanied with a curriculum vitae and a one-page essay on the applicant's contribution to rheumatology.

IRA Oration 2018 : Dr Rajeshwari

IRA Young Rheumatologist Oration

This oration is in recognition of one's scientific contribution to the field of Rheumatology. It includes a medal and a certificate. The applicant should be a continuous life-member of IRA for 5 years and should be below 40 years of age. The application should be accompanied with a curriculum vitae and reprints of the candidate's 5 best publications.

Young Rheumatologist's Oration 2018 :Dr Padmanabha Shenoy

KOLKON Oration For Community Service

Instituted by West Bengal chapter of IRA. It includes a medal, certificate and apex/economy class airfare. It is in recognition of one's overall contribution to propagating rheumatology by way of public lectures, publishing articles related to patient education and awareness programs, conducting CME programs, enrolment of members etc. The prospective candidate must be a continuous life-member of IRA for 10 years. A curriculum vitae and a one-page essay should accompany application on the applicant's contribution to rheumatology.

Kolkon Oration 2018 :Dr Bharat Panigrahy

Dr. MN Passey Award for Distinguished Services

Instituted by the Delhi Rheumatology Association in memory of its former President. Padma Shri Late Dr. M.N. Passey. This award is bestowed on the senior (Emeritus) members of IRA for their contribution to Rheumatology in India. It carries an Award Certificate, Medal and Rs. 15,000/-. There is no formal application for this award. Members of the IRA may nominate eminent persons for this award. This award shall be presented during the Inaugural Ceremony of IRACON. (There is a Registration waiver and Accommodation provision).

M N Passy Award 2018 :Dr Ved Chaturvedi

IRA Best Paper Awards

These awards are given for the original work presented at the Annual IRA conference (IRACON) and are meant to encourage young rheumatologists who are below 40 years of age. Please indicate when submitting abstract that you would like to be considered for this award.

IRA Travel Bursaries

The IRA provides 10 Travel Bursaries of Rs. Five Thousand each to its young members to attend the Annual Conference-IRACON. Bursaries are available only to those IRA members who present a paper at IRACON. Age limit is 40 years. The bursary may be used for registration fee, travel or maintenance. Applications should be accompanied by the following enclosures: copy of letter of acceptance of abstract, a copy of the abstract itself and date of birth certificate. The decision of the Credentials Committee shall be final. Bursaries may be collected on-site from IRA Stall after submission of Participation Certificate.

Applications/nominations for orations may be sent to the Secretary, IRA (secretary.ira@gmail.com) and Organizing Secretary of the Annual Conference by 15th August. Applications received beyond the closing date shall not be entertained. Applications submitting dates 15th July to 15th August 2019

IRACON - 2018

Best Paper Oral Clinical: Dr. Avinash Jain

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) based Serum Metabolomics in Sarcoidosis and Tuberculosis – Search for a Biomarker

Department of Clinical Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS)

Best Paper Oral Basic: Dr. Sandeep Kansurkar

Metformin reduces PGP expression on peripheral blood mononuclear cells and potentiates the action of corticosteroids in SLE

Department of Clinical Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS)

Best Poster Clinical : Dr. Sanoj KC

Body composition in psoriatic arthritis and its relationship with the disease activity, cytokine profile and adipokines

Department of Clinical Immunology, JIPMER

Best Poster Basic : Sushma Singh

Neutrophilic CD64 helps in diagnosis of infection irrespective of organ involvement Department of Clinical Immunology and Department of Critical Care Medicine, SGPGIMS,

The winners of the final of the Prof. Deodhar quiz that was held on 4th December were :

Winner : DR SARANYA B GOMATHY &DR JITHIN MATHEW. JIPMER, Pondicherry

1st Runners Up: DR.SONALIKA BEHERA & DR DR.SWATI PARIDA. SCB Medical College, Cuttack. DR SAGNIK BISWAS & DR SAMAGRA AGARWAL. AIIMS, New Delhi

2nd Runners Up: DR JHARNA BHANUSHALI & DR ABU AASIM AKHTAR ANSARI. BOMBAY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER

Lt. General (Dr.) Ved Chaturvedi received the Prestigious MN Passey award.

The winners of Rheumawhiz held before IRACON were awarded during the valedictory function :

Winner: Dr. Sanket Shah & Dr. Manoj Kumar, JIPMER, Puducherry

1st Runners Up - Dr. Sarit Sekhar Pattnaik & Dr. Harikrishnan G, SGPGI, Lucknow

APLAR MASTER Award

APLAR Master Award is an honorary award given to a member of an APLAR national organisation in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through teaching, research, or professional services resulting in significant impact within the APLAR region.

APLAR MASTER Award 2019: Prof. VR Joshi