World Heart Federation announce term of new president, Dr Salim Yusuf of McMaster University, Canada
Geneva – 6th January 2015 – The World Heart Federation is today delighted to announce that Dr Salim Yusuf has begun his tenure as the new President of the organisation, following on from immediate Past-President, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy. Dr Yusuf will hold the role of President for the next two years, supported by Kingsley K Akinroye as Vice-President, replacing outgoing Vice-President Deborah Chen.
Dr Yusuf will continue to focus the World Heart Federation in tackling the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and leading the organisation to support this objective. “Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest epidemics the world has ever faced and my priorities for the next two years are to continue the success we have had in the key areas that impact it, including reducing hypertension and tobacco use and the secondary prevention of heart attacks and strokes. To do this, as an organisation we need to engage everyone in the fight, from children who can teach their parents about healthy food, to our partners who can influence policy at local level. I look forward to working with people and organisations all over the world to reduce the terrible burden of cardiovascular disease.”
Dr Yusuf will work closely with World Heart Federation Chief Executive Officer Johanna Ralston, who said: “The World Heart Federation is unique; we are the only global organisation focused solely on cardiovascular disease and as such we need a President who can make an impact at all levels, be it global, national or regional. Dr. Yusuf is passionate about bringing CVD to the forefront of people’s attention and I believe can represent the entire community in important initiatives such as 25x25, the World Health Organisation’s drive to reduce premature mortality from CVD by 25 per cent by 2025. I am delighted to be working alongside him for the next two years, which will include hosting the next World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Mexico in 2016.”
“I would also like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Srinath Reddy as our Past President, for his extraordinary leadership of the World Heart Federation at a transformational time. His leadership in overseeing our new strategy and governance will carry on in the coming years under Dr. Yusuf as we shift to implementing WHO targets at the national level through roadmaps and advocacy, ensuring strong development goals for CVD including rheumatic heart disease and fostering emerging leaders for CV health with a strong focus on Asia, Latin America and Africa.”
Dr Reddy is also keen to convey a message to his colleagues in the cardiovascular community as his presidency draws to a close: “The battle has just begun. We have had some success, but the challenge now is to strive to attain our targets at all levels, across policy, communities, professional associations and health systems. I firmly agree with my colleague and our new President Dr Yusuf in that active engagement must be at the centre of everything we do, to complete our ultimate goal of reducing cardiovascular disease globally, nationally and locally. My time as President was inspirational, challenging and fulfilling, but I leave the role knowing that we can continue to make an immediate and strong impact on reducing CVD worldwide.”
About the World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation is the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the cardiovascular disease (CVD) community to help people everywhere lead heart-healthy lives. We strive for a world where there are at least 25% fewer premature deaths from CVD by 2025.
That’s why we and our 200+ members work courageously to end needless deaths from exposure to tobacco and other risk factors, lack of access to treatment, and neglected conditions like rheumatic heart disease which kills hundreds of thousands of children each year. Across 100 countries, with its members, the World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle CVD– the world’s number one killer. World Heart Federation is at the heart of driving the CVD agenda and advocating for better heart health – enabling people to live longer, better and more heart healthy lives whoever and wherever they are.
For more information, please visit: www.worldheart.org; www.facebook.com/worldheartfederation
A New Year's rocking Eve
Dec 29, 2014:
From the albums
This picture was taken at the New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 1967 at the Bowring Institute. It has me (extreme left) with my team members Babu Joseph and brothers Adolf and Malcolm from the music group called ‘Spartans’ which my friends and I formed in the 1960s.
I was 17 years old in this picture. In college, I also played and sang with ‘The Missing Links’, and from what I earned, I paid for my medical textbooks.
As a group, we used to perform in various clubs, and New Year’s Eve was always special for us. What’s also unique about this picture is that our costume and our haircuts were also coordinated.
The four of us were wearing pastel shade shirt with a polo collar and skinny pants. We got these outfits especially stitched for this New Year’s Eve performance with our pocket money.
That night, we performed a lot of pieces, including a few from ‘The Beatles’, ‘Rolling Stones’, ‘Simon and Garfunkel’, ‘Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’, Cliff Richards, Elvis Presley etc.
We performed at the ballroom of the Bowring Institute which has now been converted into a tambola room. I also vividly remember that the New Year’s Eve those days were lively and colourful. There were just a handful of people at the clubs, very few vehicles on the roads and no traffic whatsoever.
I completed my schooling from St Germain High School, did my pre-university in St Joseph’s College and went on to study medicine at St John’s Medical College. I?then went to New York, to specialise in orthopedics. I returned to India 17 years later and founded the Hosmat Hospital in 1993.
Medicine is my first love and music is a hobby that I’ve carried forward from my childhood. I work very hard and music acts as a great stress buster. There’s a commonality between music and surgery as both require immense practice, concentration, a relaxed mind, and perfect coordination of the eye, hand and the brain.
I am still in touch with the three friends in the picture. Babu Joseph is a blues singer and teacher based in Barcelona, Spain. Adolf and Malcolm Fernandes are based in Australia. We hope to have a reunion of the members of the old group some time next year. I miss those days for they were carefree and wild. We enjoyed every moment of our time together.
Today, even while I am committed to my medical profession and surgeries take up a lot of my time, I still grab some time to spend in my music room which houses over 300 instruments that I have collected over the years. Since 14 years, I am the leader/vocalist of the ‘Jazz Revival’. Singing and playing are great stress busters. I advise every youngster to take up music as a hobby.
Thomas Chandy(chairman and chief of orthopaedics, Hosmat Hospital)
As told to Nina C George
Nasal drug administration to battle mental health concerns is the new thing
Nasal sprays are not meant just for ENT problems. Psycho pharmacologists at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) are now looking at intranasal routes to treat mental health disorders such as autism, depression and neuropsychiatric problems. They have seen the efficacy of this form of drug delivery by trying it on patients.
For instance, a 22-year-old with severe bipolar (mostly depression) disorder had to discontinue school because of his illness. Treating him seemed an impossibility after which the doctors at Nimhans switched his mode of drug delivery to intranasal rather than oral since last year. He is slowly becoming functional again and has recently completed his 10th standard.
Delivering drugs through intranasal routes is the recent practice in psychiatry and has proven to be more effective in several cases as compared to oral medications. While this mode has been available for decades, it is of recent interest in psychiatry.
Nimhans medics are looking at delivering a drug called Ketamine through the nose totreat autism, depression, etc;
Pic for representation only
Speaking at the 47th annual conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society in Devanahalli recently, Dr Chittaranjan Andrade, psychopharmacologist at Nimhans, said, "Delivering drugs through the nose sometimes helps for local and faster onset of action. It can also be used for bypassing the blood-brain barrier."
This has also helped in increasing bioavailability. For example, peptides that are used in treating depression have poor bioavailability. They are mostly digested. Through intranasal delivery, these drugs are directly given into circulation. "This also helps in avoidance of intravenous administration of drugs. While this is not the approved treatment, it has been delivered through experimentation in neuropsychiatry. A drug called Ketamine that is used in the treatment of autism, depression and other conditions has been given through intranasal routes to study the efficacy and has earned good reviews in the west," he said.
For example, in one of the western countries, a 29-year-old woman with autism was treated with intranasal Ketamine on 12 dosing occasions across six weeks. As a result, she had improved her mood, and her social interactions got better. She also showed increased flexibility, acceptance of changes in routine, greater motivation and concentration, which is generally a cause for concern among people with autism. However, in India, this practice is still at the experimental stage.
Dr Geetha Jayaram Honored with Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award
The Rotary Foundation Trustees,at their October meeting, selected Dr. Geetha Jayaram as recipient of the2014-2015 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
Geetha is a faculty member attending physician in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Departments of Psychiatry,HealthPolicy, and Management and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety. She also maintains a private practice, and lives in Marriottsville, MD with her PDG Jayaram (Jay) Kumar.
Born in India, Dr. Jayaram initiated and established the first and only health clinic for severely mentally ill women and children in rural, southern India, starting in 1997 and formally established in 2002.She worked tirelessly with local village leadership; overcame many obstacles; established links with local Rotary clubs,academic center, and departments of psychiatry and community medicine;raised funds; and began free treatment and dispensing of medications. The clinic now has a case load of 160 patients. She visits villages annually during her vacation.Her association with Rotary began at age19, as a medical student - later becoming Rotaract charter member. Geetha was recipient of a Rotary University Teacher’s grant, allowing her work with medical students to achieve their goals and dreams. As an active Rotarian since1996, she served, with distinction, as club president, and currently is a member ofthe Columbia and Howard West club. Dr. Jayaram has stated that ”three critical factors have impacted all of my work in Rotary impacting community psychiatry, patient care quality and safety: a) strong Rotary leadership and devotion of others to serve humanity b) clearer promotion of a culture of global involvement and partnership in the service of the poor and c) multi-club and district teamwork”.
We applaud Geetha for her compassion, dedication, and service to humanity –particularly severely mentally ill women and children. She was recognized at the Sao Paulo International Convention.