The 73rd National Conference on Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (NATCON 2018), jointly organized by the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur, the Vidarbha Chest Association and the TB Association of Maharashtra under the aegis of TB Association of India in Nagpur from 4th to 6th January 2018.

Papers/Posters on the following subjects are welcome for the above Conference:

  1. Epidemiology of TB
  3. Pneumonia, COPD and Asthma
  4. TB Diagnostics – Genome and Sequencing
  5. Sleep-Disordered Breathing
  6. Public & Private Partnership for DOTS Implementation
  7. Tobacco & Lung Health
  8. Paediatric Tuberculosis
  9. Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
  10. Surgery in Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  11. Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation (ACSM)
  12. Socio-behavioural studies in HIV and TB
  13. Lung Health
  14. TB & Diabetes
  15. Pulmonary rehabilitation
  16. Information Technology in Respiratory Diseases
  17. Indoor and outdoor Pollution
  18. Air borne infection control
  19. Nutrition and TB
  20. Geriatric TB
  21. Newer Technology in TB
  22. Universal access to TB Care
  23. Role of Civil Society in TB prevention and cure
  24. Role of nurses and para-medics in tuberculosis control25. Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria
  25. Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis
  26. Newer drugs and vaccines
  27. Genetics and Immunology in Tuberculosis


You are welcome to participate in the conference. Kindly bring this circular to the notice of all TB and Chest Diseases

Scientific Abstracts on any of the above topics are invited for presentation in the conference. Participants willing to present academic papers/posters in the field of TB and Chest diseases should forward the abstracts of the same by e-mail: & by 30/10/2018. Contact Number: Mr Nilesh Godbole - 9970811429

  • Please strictly adhere to the following instructions while preparing and sending the abstract/s:
  • (1) The abstract/s should be typed in MS word, in single spacing with Times New Roman font and 12 in size to be sent as an attachment to the mail.
  • (2) Please do not send the abstract/s in any other format such as PDF, Power Point, etc.


The guidelines for preparation of abstracts/slides/transparencies are as follows

  1. The case reports/original research studies should have title and authors’ names; the presenting author’s name should be bold and underlined. The word count should be below 300.
  2. The abstracts from original research studies should have the following sub-headings: Introduction, Aims & objectives, Methodology, Results, conclusion and key words.
  3. Title should be in Times New Roman font, font size is 14 and bold
  4. Authors’ names and body of the abstract: Times New Roman font, font size is 12
  5. Sub-headings: Times New Roman font, font size is 12 and bold

A) For preparing abstracts :

  • The length of an abstract should normally not exceed 300 words, including the heading. The abstract should have between 5 to 10 keywords or phrases that closely reflect content of paper.
  • The abstract should comprise (a) objectives of the study, (b) methodology of investigation and (c) main findings. In respect of some papers, (b) and (c) may comprise the idea/hypothesis, discussion and conclusion. The abstract should provide concise summary of findings . Phrases like “findings will be presented at the Conference” are unhelpful.
  • If analysis is incomplete at the time, a revised abstract should be sent, at least six weeks prior to the Conference to be included in the “Programme and Summaries” for distribution among delegates.
  • The abstract should be well written in terms of language ,grammer , etc. An inadequate abstract may not be considered by the Programme Committee for presentation.

B) For preparing projection slides:

  • Material on the slide should be relevant, minimum, in bold letters/figures and computer composed.
  • Material should normally cover 3/5 of the available space on the slide (35mm) with margins on all sides. Professional assistance is preferable.
  • Blue on white background is better than black and white slides. For multi-colour slides, the preferable colours are red, black and green on white background.

C) For preparing posters :

  • The dimensions of your poster should not exceed 60cm horizontallyx120cm in vertical length.
  • Avoid putting too much material and text on the poster.
  • The heading should have letters at least 35mm high listing the title of the paper, authors, institution and its location.
  • Lettering for text and illustrations must be at least 10mm high, or typed clearly. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom
  • Divide your poster into Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. Each of these sections should be in sequence to guide the reader through the poster.
  • The introduction should contain 3 to 5 sentences outlining essential information necessary to understand the study and why it was done.
  • The objective of the study, the questions to be asked or the hypothesis to be tested should be clearly stated in as few words as possible.
  • Outline your methods briefly.
  • Results should be presented as graphs or tables. They should be self-explanatory and therefore please provide a clear legend including symbols. You may also want to provide an interpretation of the results below each panel.
  • The discussion (if necessary) and conclusions should be succinctly stated on large type. Many viewers read this first, hence it should be easy to understand.
  • No commercial activities or any advertising may be displayed on the posters. Non compliance with this rule will result in the poster being removed.
  • Authors are responsible for mounting their posters at the start of their poster presentation and removing them as soon as their session ends.