Delhi and Chennai, India, January 2015

In January 2015, a group of us – Tanya Collin-Histed, Niamh Finnegan (LSD Clinical Nurse Specialist, GOSH) Alex Broomfield, consultant metabolic paediatrician, and Irma Shah, a young type III Gaucher adult, and myself visited Chennai and Delhi.

Our first stop was Chennai, where we were guests of Dr Sujatha Jagadeesh, the clinical geneticist at Mediscan, whom I have known and worked with for nearly 15 years! Sujatha runs the LSD service at the centre. She has built up a closely-knit team, many of whom have been associated with the service since its inception. The centre hold a multidisciplinary clinic every year on the 26th of January, India’s Republic Day. This enables more families to attend as it is a national holiday. The clinic is also attended by several specialists, ensuring that patients can be seen by all the necessary specialists at a single visit.

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the Department of Medical Genetics the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where we were guests of Dr Madhulika Kabra and Dr Neerja Gupta. They had organised a clinic and some lectures. A patient meeting was also organised in conjunction with the Lysosomal Storage Disorders Support Society (LSDSS) of India and its CEO, Mr Manjit Singh.

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Author: Ashok Vellodi

I have had a lifelong interest in lysosomal storage disorders. Having recently retired I now have time to pursue my passion for teaching and training of young doctors and scientists, and hopefully instil in them the passion for their patients that is so integral to working in this field.

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