Message from the President, Indian Neurogastroenterology & Motility Association (INMA)
It is a great pleasure to serve the Indian Neurogastroenterology & Motility Association (INMA) formerly named Indian Motility & Functional Diseases Association in the capacity of the President. INMA began about two decades ago in 2001, when I made an attempt to initiate such an organization under the leadership of my mentor, late Prof. SR Naik. It was, however, an unsuccessful attempt but the dream remained. After working to establish an international association, the Asian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANMA), in which I remained as a Secretary General for about a decade, I again realized the need for a national association just before organizing the 4th Biennial Congress of the ANMA in India in 2015. I successfully registered ANMA in Lucknow in 2011.
INMA has provided a great platform to present Indian research on disorders of gut-brain interaction and GI motility, educating Indian physicians about the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders and for research on these conditions. INMA has also encouraged the young Gastroenterologists to take up this subspeciality as an important area in their practice, teaching, and research. This has also helped them to connect to the specialists and researchers globally such as the Rome Foundation and ANMA.
It was an honor for me to take over as the President of the INMA from Prof. Philip Abraham after serving this association as Secretary General since its inception. I wish to strive to increase the impact of INMA by increasing the educational activities not only for the academicians but also the clinicians, improving the research of these disorders in India, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Further, I also hope to improve infrastructural support for the above-mentioned goals, promoting awareness about these disorders among public and policy-makers and to improve the facilities for care to the patients suffering from these disorders in the country. The other goal includes expansion of the wings of INMA beyond India to international levels, particularly the adjoining countries. Since in the Rome IV, the word “functional” has been considered inappropriate to denote these disorders and these are renamed as the “Disorders of gut-brain interaction”, I wish to also change the name of our association to “Indian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (INMA)”.
It is needless to mention that achieving these goals will require support not only from the very cooperative and energetic Governing Council Members of the Association, but also from every Gastroenterologist caring for patients with these disorders in the country, the other national and international Associations with similar goals, and finally, the policy makers and financial supporters. I invite every Gastroenterologist of India and the adjoining countries caring for patients with these disorders to join hands to support us in our endeavor to achieve these goals.
Prof. Uday C Ghoshal
MD, DNB, DM, FACG, FAMS, FRCP (Edin), MISG
Professor & Head, Dept. of Gastroenterology,
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science
President, Indian Neurogastroenterology & Motility Association (INMA)
(formerly named Indian Motility & Functional Diseases Association)