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Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

30th Anniversary Celebrations
Academic Sessions

RESEARCH SYMPOSIA

The international research symposia of the 30th Anniversary Academic Sessions were held on 29th and 30th October 2021, at the Main Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine in Ragama. The sessions were organized in a hybrid manner to cater to an international audience and participants from USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore. Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

The two plenary sessions and symposia addressed topics of interest to both the local and international audience including some of the many research areas of interest among the faculty staff.

Human Genome Project and its Applications in Medicine’

Prof. Han Brunner
Professor of Human Genetics and Head of the Institute of Human Genetics at the Radbound University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Specialist Consultant in the Institute of Human Genetics, Netherlands


Chaired by

Prof. Deepthi de Silva, Professor in Medical Genetics, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

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Improving quality of preventive care for chronic disease in South Asia: the NIHR Global Research Network

Prof. John Chambers
Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Imperial College London, United Kingdom and Lee Kong Chair School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Chaired by

Prof. Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Senior Professor, Carder Chair of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
Liver diseases and transplant: challenges in current era in meeting the national need

Chaired by

Dr. Bhagya Gunathilaka, Senior Lecturer in Anesthesiology, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Resource Persons

Prof. Dimitri Bezinover
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Director of Transplant Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, USA
 
Professor Madunil Niriella
Professor in Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at the  Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama and an Honorary Consultant  Gastroenterologist, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama,
 
Professor Rohan Siriwardana
Professor in Hepatobiliary and Gastroenterological Surgery, Honorary Consultant North Colombo Teaching Hospital Ragama
Developing and Implementing Guidelines appropriate for local healthcare systems

Chaired by

Prof. Chamila Mettananda, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
 

Resource Persons

Dr. Prathal Tharyan
Adjunct Professor with the Clinical Epidemiology Unit & Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence-Informed Healthcare and Health Policy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Professor Joseph L. Mathew
Professor of Paediatric Pulmonology at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India.
 
Professor Chrishantha Abeysena
Senior Professor in Community Medicine, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
Bronchiectasis and Non-TB Mycobacterium Infections
Chaired by Dr. Bandu Gunasena
Consultant Respiratory Physician, National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases Welisara
 

Resource Persons

Prof. M Loebinger
Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital, UK
 
Dr. William Flight
Consultant Respiratory Physician and Oxford Cystic Fibrosis Centre Director, UK
 
Dr. Dilesha Wadasinghe
Consultant respiratory physician, Lecturer at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine Ragama.
For breath is life: Exposing the silent killer
Chaired by
Prof. Neranga Devanarayana – Chair, Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
 

Resource Persons

Prof. Paul T.J. Scheepers
Research Lab Molecular Epidemiology at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc), Netherlands
 
Dr. D T D Warnakulasuriya
Senior lecturer at the Department of Physiology at the faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya
 
Dr. Manosij Ghosh
Senior post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Environment and Health, KU Leuven, Belgium
Metabolic Bone Disease: Improving bone health to minimize fracture risk

Chaired by

Dr. S A F Kurukulasooriya – Consultant Rheumatologist, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

 

Resource Persons

 

Prof. Sarath Lekamwasm
Chair Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Galle, Sri Lanka
 
Dr. Shoshana Sztal-Mazer
Consultant endocrinologist at Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia
 
Dr. Dulani Kottahachchi
Consultant Endocrinologist and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
The Transition from a medical graduate to a junior doctor

Chaired by
Prof. Madawa Chandratilake – Chair Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
 
Resource Persons

Prof. Ardi Findyartini
Associate Professor in Medical Education from Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia
 
Dr. Dilmini Karunaratne
Lecturer in Medical Education from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
Recent Advancements in Audiological Assessment and Interventions

Chaired by
Ms. Dinukshi Illeperuma, Senior Lecturer, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
 

Resource Persons

Prof. Prashanth Prabhu
Assistant Professor in Audiology at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India.
 
Ms. Ayesha Nazeer Zarook
Senior Consultant Audiologist, Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Expert at the Wickramrachchi Institute of Speech & Hearing (WISH)
 
Prof. David Welch
Assistant Professor in Audiology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Healthcare for people with disabilities during COVID-19

chaired by

Dr. Shyamani Hettiarachchi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
 
Resource Persons

Ms. Kamini Gadhok
Chief executive of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK
 
Dr. Anna Miles
Senior lecturer, School of Psychology The University of Auckland, New Zealand
 
Prof. Samanmali Sumanasena
Paediatrician with special interest in child development and disability, Department of Disability Studies and contributed towards setting up Ayati Center for Children with Disabilities.
 
Dr. Isuru Dharmatathna
Speech-language therapist and a lecturer at the Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

30 Anniversary Academic Sessions- Carlo Fonseka Memorial Lecture- Symposiums- Plenary Sessions- Student Scientific Sessions

Sponsorship for the 30th Anniversary academic sessions

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Research Council, University of Kelaniya
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Lessons Hospital
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Wickramarachchi Opticians and Hearing Care
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Melsta Hospital
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Al Pharma Pvt Ltd
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Hemas Hospital
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Sanofi Baurs, A Baur & Co  (Pvt) Ltd 
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Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.
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Getz pharma
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Novo Nordisk
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Ferozsons / ENBCL

Contact Details

Prof. Anuradhani Kasturiratne
077 757 5920
Dr. Lathika Athauda
071 684 5586
Dr. Harith Wickramasekara
071 268 0883
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