Joint 5th Global Mental Health Summit (GMHS) and 9th National Bioethics Conference (NBC)

Forum for Medical Ethics Society with Banyan Academy of Leadership In Mental Health (BALM),Chennai ;
Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy (CMHLP), Pune and Sangath

Pre-conference events: Between Nov 15 and Dec 31, 2022
Main Conference: Saturdays, December 3 & 10, 2022 (virtual) & December 17, 2022 (Madras School of Social Work No. 32,CASA Major road,Sulaiman Zackria Avenue,Egmore,Chennai-600008,Tamil Nadu.)

Pediatric Bioethics in India

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14th IAB world congress of bioethics & 7th IJME national bioethics congress PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOP


Date: December 4, 2018
Venue: St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

Contact persons:
Dr Jagdish Chinnappa (9845029935)
Dr Arpana Iyengar (9880372660)
Contact address: [email protected]


  1. To enhance ethical thinking in children's healthcare and research.
  2. To create partnerships between pediatricians and social activists to promote child rights.


  1. Highlight bioethical issues in common healthcare scenarios among the physicians and nurses caring for children.
  2. Discuss the ethics of performing clinical research with children as research participants/subjects.
  3. Sensitize pediatricians about their responsibility towards promoting child rights and child advocacy.
  4. Provide a framework for setting up multidisciplinary Pediatric Bioethics Cells.
  5. Increase awareness about pediatric bioethics among medical and nursing trainees as well as students of social sciences.


  1. Sensitization of pediatricians on problem solving in pediatric clinical bioethics and research involving children.
  2. Improved awareness of how to be an advocate for children.
  3. Creation of a Pediatric Bioethics Cell under the auspices of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)
  4. Dissemination of key concepts from this workshop to a larger audience as a paper in the IAP's flagship publication, Indian Pediatrics.

Workshop details:

Target audience:

  • Pediatricians – Pediatric Nephrology (chronic illness), Hematology-Oncology (chronic illness and end of life), NICU (viability), PICU (extraordinary care), Palliative Medicine, Adolescent Medicine (reproductive health);
  • Nurses – in practice and education;
  • Medical Social Workers;
  • Family as a whole / advocates for the child who are not part of the treating team;
  • IERB members and Residents/Medical Students.

Registration details and abstract submission:

To register please fill in the registration form available on the conference website; for further clarifications please contact
Dr Jagdish Chinnappa (9845029935)
Dr Arpana Iyengar (9880372660)
Contact address: [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: Those submitting abstracts for poster presentation should do so as a word document, of not more than 300 words by October 1, 2018 to the above mentioned email address ([email protected]). All abstracts will be assigned a code and scored by a committee of three members who will independently assess each poster. Those selected to present their poster will be notified by October 15, 2018. CME credits will be awarded as per approval of the KMC. Selected posters will be displayed for a moderated poster session walk on the day of the workshop.


International Faculty
Dr John Lantos
Professor of Pediatrics and Ethics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Lead National Faculty
Dr Jagdish Chinnappa, Senior consultant pediatrician and former head of Pediatrics, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore; Certified in Pediatric Bioethics (2015) from Mercy Children's Hospital, Kansas

Dr Somshekar Nimbalakar, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India; Head of Central Research Services, Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad, Gujarat, India; Chairman, Research Group, Charutar Arogya Mandal

Dr Sanjay Kewalchand Lalwani, Professor and former Head of Pediatrics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College, Pune; Vice Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune; Medical Director, Bharati Hospital and Research Center, Pune

Dr B Shantaram Baliga, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University; Governing Board Member, Karnataka Health System Resource Center, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka

Dr Roopa Bellad, Professor and former Head of Department of Pediatrics, KLE University's J N Medical College, Belgaum

Prof Jacob John, Consultant Pediatrician; Chairman of Child Health Foundation, Vellore; former Professor and Head of Department of Clinical Virology and Microbiology at CMC Vellore

Local Faculty from St John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore
Dr Arpana Iyengar, Professor, Department of Pediatric Nephrology
Dr Sanjiv Lewin, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Ethics
Dr Priya Pais, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Nephrology


8.30 – 9.00: Breakfast

9.00: Session Theme 1: Clinical bioethics
9.00 – 9.30: Principles of Bioethics (Lecture)
9.30 – 11.00: Case Based Panel Discussions – common scenarios in Pediatrics
1. Critical Illness – PICU/ NICU and extraordinary care
2. Chronic Illness – Kidney disease in children
3. Patient Autonomy versus Family Choice

11.00: Session Theme 2: Bioethics in clinical research
11.00 – 11.20: Key Concepts (Lecture)
11.20 – 12.00: Quiz using Keypads

12.00 – 12.15: Tea Break

12.15 – 1.15: Inauguration and Keynote lecture on child rights and bioethics

1.30 – 2.30pm: Lunch (Meet the Professor)

2.30 -3.30: Session Theme 3 : Importance of child advocacy – role of pediatricians, social workers and NGOs
In-Depth interactive Case Study (POCSO)

3.30 – 4.00: Session Theme 4: Advocating for care of children with rare Diseases (Lecture)

4.00 – 4.30: Session Theme 5: Setting up a pediatrics bioethics cell – (Panel Discussion involving all stakeholders)

4.30 – 5.00: Tea

5.00 – 6.00: Session Theme 6: Moderated poster session and play
Shortlisted Posters will be presented by medical, nursing, social work and humanities trainees.

6.00 – 6.30: Play by Medical Students 6.30 – Prize distribution

7.00 – Dinner

Learning tools for sessions
Lectures/ Interdisciplinary Case-based group discussions/ Play/ Videos
Poster competition for trainees
"Meet the professor" sessions
Voting Pad sessions

Educational material
Key learning material will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

Logistic requirements
Expected Audience size: 75
Room set up: group tables
Audio-visual equipment: LED slide projector/voting pad arrangement / white board / microphones for stage play;
Poster boards (around 25) and space to display selected posters for a moderated poster session walk

Funding acknowledgement
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics has kindly consented to support this workshop.
Co- Sponsors: Dr Ravindra Joshi (President), and Dr Vijay Kulkarni (Secretary), Karnataka IAP

Please CLICK HERE to register for this pre-congress.