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Indian Journal Of Dermatology

Indian Association Of Dermatologists, Venereologists And Leprologists, West Bengal State Branch


Dermatology in Bengal has a long and rich heritage. The present form of INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF DERMATOLOGISTS, VENEREOLOGISTS AND LEPROLOGISTS ( IADV & L ) took its shape in 1973, but it started long before that here in Kolkata. In 1921, under the guidance of Major Acton, a skin research department with various units ( including Mycology ) developed in the School of Tropical Medicine and Carmichael Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Substantial progress was made in the field of leprosy research in a specialized department in School of Tropical Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Muir and subsequently Doctors Roger, John Lowe and Dharmendra. Many of the founder fathers of Dermatology in India hailed from this part of the globe. Some of them are worth mentioning : Profs. Ganapati Panja, B.N. Banerjee, K.D. Lahiri, Sukumar Ghosh and Doctors Dhanapati Panja, S.C. Mitra, A.K. Dutta, A.K. Datta, S.K. Panja, R.K. Panja, K.C. Saha and B. Haldar.

DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY, INDIA was founded in 1961 and in 1970 the West Bengal state branch was formed under the Presidentship of Dr. N.C.Dey, Dr. R.K.Panja was the first secretary. After the formation of IADV & L in 1973, the West Bengal state branch continued to flourish and expand each year. At present the state branch has a total strength of 250 members.

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The branch undertakes various academic programs throughout the year. For last three and half decades it is holding monthly clinical meetings on a regular basis. Every second year either CME program or State conference is being organized. A few years back it hosted the East Zone Conference ( Dermazone 2000 ), which conglomerated dermatologists from many states of the country and abroad.

Also, in December 2001, the State Branch had organized CME 2001.

DERMACON 2003 ( 31st National conference of IADVL ) has been organized by the branch between 30th January and 2nd February 2003.

The branch takes pride in publishing its prestigious organ, INDIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY.

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IADV & L, ( West Bengal State Branch )
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KOLKATA - 700014
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