From the Executive Editor

Parthajit Das MD, MRCP(Rheumatology), CCST(UK), MSc (Sports Medicine, UK), FRCP(London), FRCP(Edinburgh),
Assistant Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Sevapratisthan, Kolkata
Consultant Rheumatologist, Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Kolkata

Dear readers,

Greetings from the editorial team!

I am excited to bring to you this issue of IRA e-Newsletter in 2023, which has a unique blend of practical information, academic updates, lifetime experiences and extracurricular achievements from our own fraternity.

This issue has 4 expert contributions themed around “Osteoporosis and metabolic bone health” focussed on the history and challenges in the assessment of management of osteoporosis. Needless to say, this silent ailment needs due attention from all stakeholders across several specialities. The history of Osteoporosis has been nicely elucidated by Dr. Kaushik Chaudhuri in his impeccable linguistic style. Dr. Puneet Mashru has diligently discussed the pitfalls of DXA interpretation (this is available as Podcast too at this link: Dr. V Krishnamurthy has thoughtfully summarised his experience and practical viewpoints on the management of Osteoporosis. Dr Ambrish Mithal, with his enormous experience in Endocrinology, has aptly shared insights on the recent advances in the management of GIOP.

Prof Sukumar Mukherjee has eloquently narrated in his piece, “Learning from the mistakes” his experiences through challenging situations in life. Dr. Ratan Chandra Kar, a Padmashree awardee, has shared his perspective based on his lifetime experience with the Jarawa tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Dr. Prakash Joshi and Dr. Sunil Malvidi bring us one step closer to Mother Nature with breathtaking wildlife moments captured through their lenses.

For our young colleagues, Dr. Durga Prasanna Misra has provided useful tips to recognise and avoid predatory practices in academic publishing. Dr Dhrubojyoti Sharma, Dr. Sakir Ahmed and Dr. Arghya Chattopadhyay have nicely reviewed recent impactful international publications in rheumatology. I hope that a nicely designed quiz by Dr. Debaditya Roy will surely challenge your sulci and gyri! Images of the quarter by Dr. Partha Pratim Chakraborty and Dr Srijita Ghosh are not only challenging but informative too.

I sincerely thank Dr. Arghya Chattopadhyay for his inputs and assistance in putting this issue together.

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Kind regards