Annual Conference of The
Indian Rheumatology Association
Puduchery | 5-8 December

Dear Friends ,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Puducherry for the 35 annual conference of the Indian Rheumatology Association (IRACON). Puducherry formerly known as Pondicherry, and fondly called Pondy is located at the eastern coast of India overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It is approximately 150 km south of Chennai Airport. The venue for IRACON 2019 is the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate MedicalEducation and Research (JIPMER). JIPMER is one of the oldest medical schools of India established by the French Government in the year 1823 as École deMédicine de Pondichérry. The medical school became Dhanvantri Medical College at the time of de facto transfer of Pondicherry to Government of India.Dhanvantri Medical College was renamed JIPMER in the year 1964 and was conferred the status of an institute of national importance in the year 2008.
... An essential theme for 2019 IRACON will be to provide holistic approach to patient management. We intend to make the conference as interactive as possible through multiple workshops, symposia, and meet the professor sessions. There will be a pre-conference CME in the form of a ‘Refresher Course’ dealing with Essentials of Rheumatology for the benefit of undergraduates, postgraduates, and practicing clinicians.
If there is a topic which has not been covered in the earlier meetings you can let us know by writing to us at iracon2019@gmail.com or irapuducherry@gmail.com. We welcome other suggestions to improve the conference.
Puducherry a former French colony is a famous tourist destination. It is known for Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the universal township of Auroville, the Matrimandir and the White town with French quarters. Its serene beaches and water sports attract many from all over India and abroad. The nearby tourist destinations include Mahabalipuram, Mangroves at Pichhavaram and National Fossil Wood Park at Tiruvakkarai. For the religiously inclined, the Natraja temple, Chidambaram; Arunachaleshwar Temple, Tiruvannamalai; Lord Saneeswara Temple, Karaikal; Basilica of our lady of good health, Vellankani, and Nagore Dargah, Nagapattinam are within a few hours drive.

We request you to save the following dates for a visit to Puducherry.
Workshops: 3rd, 4th, & 5th December 2019
Refresher Course: 5th December 2019
Main Conference: 6th, 7th, & 8th December 2019

Best Regards,
Dr RP Swaminathan
Dean (Academic)
JIPMER, Puducherry
Organizing Chairperson
Dr. Vir Singh Negi
Professor and Head of Clinical Immunology
JIPMER, Puducherry
Organizing Secretary


UP TO 31st October 2019


Account Name: IRACON 2019

Account No. 38027549889

IFSC Code: SBIN0002238

State Bank of India, JIPMER Branch

Dhanwantri Nagar

Puducherry 605006