Grand Chronic Hypoxia Tour throughout India on July 2016 starting in the city of Bangalore.
In this series of consecutive blogs, you can read about this outstanding scientific tour. Each blog is dedicated to one city and one scientific concept presented in the conference “Extraordinary Adaptation to Chronic Hypoxia and Life at High Altitude”.
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Our High Altitude Pulmonary and Pathology Institute has celebrated its 46 years since its creation on July 9th, 1970. The first high altitude clinic in the world, located in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, specifically designed to diagnose and treat high altitude disease and carry out research in high altitude medicine and physiology. Concomitantly and as a highlight in our celebration we have been honored by an invitation from Prof. Thuppil Venkatesh, the “Lead Man of India”, to travel throughout India giving talks about Chronic Hypoxia and our points of view.
We arrived in Bangalore on July 10th 2016, all the IPPA team, Gustavo Zubieta-Calleja, Lucrecia De Urioste Limariño, Natalia Zubieta De Urioste and Rafaela Zubieta De Urioste. Prof. Thuppil Venkatesh and Abby Thuppil received us at the airport. We then arrived to Parthasarthy’s apartment in a very luxurious building in Bangalore. at around 4:00 am. Much to our surprise, we were honored by the visit of N.RajashekarRegional General Manager THE HINDU NEWSPAPER at Bengaluru, that came with his wife and children to meet us at 6:00 am. He kindly brought us very beautiful gifts. Next day, we visited the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, the best Hospital in Bangalore. We were warmly greeted by the Board of Trustees and its director Dr. Satish Kumar Jain. We visited the new building of the hospital and then attended the auditorium as shown below.
ONE CONCEPT INCLUDED IN THE CONFERENCE “Extraordinary Adaptation to Chronic Hypoxia and Life at High altitude”:
The low incidence of Asthma patients at high altitude. Particularly those that have allergen induced asthma to polen and other antigens. As referred by the head of the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital Obrero #1 in La Paz, Bolivia, the social security largest hospital, in over 35 years of practice not one case of asthma crisis was treated (Intensivist Dr. Freddy Sandi).
Dr. Satish Kumar Jain inaugurated the conference and Prof. Dr. Gustavo Zubieta-Calleja, gave a resume of his points of view on chronic hypoxia. Interestingly one of the physicians of the hospital, attending the conference commented that he had worked as an M.D. with the indian armed forces in the India Pakistan frontier at 6000 m of altitude.
Conference on “Extraordinary Adaptation to Chronic Hypoxia” at the St. John’s Medical College, where Thuppil Venkatesh is an honorary professor of Biochemistry. In this same top standing medical college of India, Prof. Dr. Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo (Sr) many years back had been Felicitated and later honored as the “Mountain Guru” by the NRCLP.
Prof. Dr. Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo passed away on Sept 17, 2015. He was the creator of completely different concepts about adaptation and formed a school of thought that Gustavo Jr and Natalia (his grand-daughter) now follow.
We also visited Prof. Thuppil Venkatesh’s National Referral Center for Lead Projects in India. It is located at St. John’s Medical College in their new large offices.
In the evening we had a grand reception dinner at the exclusive Bangalore Club (built by the British during the Colony), hosted by K.V.R. Tagore, President of LEESAT and Prof. Venkatesh where we met outstanding personalities of Bangalore along with their distinguished couples. The dinner was indeed exquisite, as in many places throughout incredible India.
This trip came through as a big surprise in every step of the way. The kindness and generosity of the colleagues from India, is difficult to explain. One full bag was necessary to return with all the gifts, awards, scarfs, turbans and presents. What a great honor !!!!
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