Faculty of Medicine

“Converging Technologies and Sustainable Communities”

17th August 2012

8.00 am

Registration and participants take their seats8.30 amAcademic Procession8.35 amLighting of the oil lamp and National Anthem 8.45 amWelcome address
Professor Jennifer Perera,
Chairperson, Faculty of Medicine Research Symposium

8.50 am

Address by the Dean
Professor Rohan Jayasekara
Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

8.55 am

Address by the Vice Chancellor,
Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama
University of Colombo

9.00 am

Address by the Chief Guest
Dr. Narada Warnasooriya
Former Vice Chancellor , Sri Jayawardenapura University & Senior Professor of Paediatrics

9.20 am

Faculty of Medicine oration
Combating child malnutrition in Sri Lanka: Strategies for scaling-up proven nutritional interventions
Dr. Upul Senerath, Senior Lecturer,
Dept. of Community Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine, Colombo.

10.00 am

Tea / Poster viewing

10.30 am

Free Paper session  (Infectious Diseases, OP-OP5)

OP1 Genus Mycobacterium as an etiological agent of pulmonary infection in Sri Lanka
Adikaram C, Perera J, Wijesundera S

OP2 Serum anti-oxidant capacity and NOx levels in leptopsirosis patients
Wickramasinghe SA, Handunnetti SM, Kalugalage TL, Eugene EJ, Gunaratna RI, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S

OP3  Prevalence of toxoplasmosis in immune-compromised cancer patients attending a tertiary care hospital
CoorayNSAR ,    Samaranayake TN, Karunaweera ND

OP4 A study on visceralization potential of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka
Siriwardana HVYD, Ranasinghe GSP, Weerasinghe S, Soysa SSSBDP, Karunaweera NDOP5 Cord formation in a clinical isolate of Mycobacterium abscessus
Adikaram C, Perera J, Wijesundera S, Perera GMM, Gamage S

11.30 am

Plenary 1
Nanotechnology in Healthcare: Applications, issues and challenges-Use of Carbon Nano tubes to build platforms
Professor Ravi Silva, Director, Advanced Technology Institute, Head of Nano-Electronics Centre, Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), University of Surrey

12.15 pm

Lunch and Poster viewing

1.15 pm

Plenary 11
Genetically Modified Foods: Implications for Health
Professor Athula Perera
Senior Professor of Agricultural Biology & Director PGIA

2.00 pm

Free paper session  (Medical education, OP6-OP0)

OP6 Attitudes on peer evaluation of teaching among academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
Wasalathanthri S, Atapattu P, Nanayakkara U, Jayasekara RJW

OP7 Face book usage among university students and its association to their psychological and social well being.
Wijewickrama P S A., Zafras M Z M., Wimalarathna L A M K , Chinnaiyah, T R

OP8 Assessing the quality of the overall training program and outcome of research for higher degrees at the faculty of medicine, university of Colombo, during the past 6 years
Fernando MDM, Gunawardena GSA, Karunaweera ND

OP9 A narrative based exercise to introduce clinical training to medical students: a pilot study.
Amarasuriya MY, Wijewickrama PSA, Kularathne SSL, Wickramasinghe DS A, Nanayakkara KDL, Jayasinghe KSA

OP10 Place of multiple choice questions (mcqs) as an effective study tool for long-term recall
Senevirathne PLDR, Dissanayaka WDN

3.00 pm
Free Paper Session 3 (Non communicable diseases, OP-OP5)

OP 11 Survey on the prevalence of back pain, its related disability and common treatment methods  use by back pain victims at Thimbirigasyaya  secretarial division, colombo district, Sri Lanka
DGSKL Jayawardana, JLR Jayalath, SAR Darshika, CM Mathangaweera, WMPR Wickramasinghe, TKC Peiris

OP12 Correlation between expression of epidermal growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor, chemokine receptor 4 and vimentin by colorectal carcinoma cells
De Zoysa MIM, Samarasekera DN, Senarath LDJU, Samarasekera CA, Reid CB, Lokuhetty MDS

OP 13 Mental status of hypertensive patients attending medical clinics in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Wijetunga WMUA, Wickramasinghe DSA, Wijesundara WRUAS, Wijelakshman PUN, Atapattu P

OP 14 Comparison of skin fold thickness, waist circumference, waist hip ratio and BMI in predicting body fat percentage
Wijetunga WMUA, Tilakaratne TAD, Wijesundara WRUAS, Subasinghe S, Katulanda P

OP 15 Prevalence and associating factors of diabetic neuropathy among young diabetic patients in Sri Lanka
Subasinghe S, Wijetunga WMUA, Wijesundara WRUAS, Tilakaratne TAD, Katulanda


PP1    The knowledge and usage of child Health Development records by mothers with a single child attending Teaching Hospitals near Colombo
Dahanayake SA,   Cooray NMJ, Darshani JPM, Gunatilake M.

PP2    Effects of paraplegia caused by spinal cord injuries on an individual’s functional status, quality of life and family economy among patients admitted to two selected hospitals
Kalyani HHN, Dassanayake S, Senarath U

PP3    Association between selected gene polymorphisms in chromosomes and anti-malaria antibodies in malaria endemic area in Southern Sri Lanka
Dewasurendra R, Suriyaphol R, Fernando SD, Carter R,
Karunaweera ND in collaboration with the Malaria GEN Consortium

PP4    Do learning styles and approaches to learning differ among medical undergraduates and post graduates
Samarakoon L,  Fernando T, Rodrigo C,  Rajapakse S

PP5    Effectiveness of stretching exercises for leg cramps during pregnancy: a study at De Soysa Maternity Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Gunarathna G, Senanayake H,  Nanayakkarawasam P

PP6    Problems, inconvenience and satisfaction associated with the use of prostheses among below knee amputee Sri Lankan army soldiers
Ratnayake APS , Chang T , Dassanayake TDMSB

PP7    Prevalence  of  reduced  vision  and  its  associated factors  among  school  children  of  grades 6- 10  in  an urban  school
Manchanayaka A,  Mendis D,  Mayakaduwa N,  Arambepola C

PP8    A pilot study on comparison of rapid immunodiagnostics for leptospirosis infections
Eugene EJ, Wickramasinghe SA, Kalugalage TL, Vithanage T D P, Rodrigo C, Wickremesinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, Somaratne P, de Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti
PP9    Characterization of leishmaniasis vectors in selected areas in Sri Lanka
Senanayake S A S C, Dotson E M, Karunaweera N D

PP10    Comparison of selected health risk behaviors and attitudes between newly entered and fourth year students of colombo medical faculty in 2010
.Prabath IHDS, Piranavan P, Pinsiri KJS

PP11    Adherence to the recommendation of exclusive breast feeding of mothers attending immunization clinic at Lady Ridgeway hospital.
Senevirathne B, Senevirathne R, Senevirathne S, Dissanayake M

PP12    Pathological significance of epidermal growth factor receptor (egfr), vascular endothelial growth factor(vegf), chemokine receptor4 (cxcr4) and  vimentin expression by colon carcinoma cells
De Zoysa MIM, Samarasekera DN, Senarath LDJU, Samarasekera CA, Reid CB, Lokuhetty MDS
PP13    Clinico-epidemiological aspects of L.donovani cutaneous infections in Sri Lanka.
Siriwardana HVYD, Kariyawasam KKGDUL, Chandrawansa PH, Udagedara C, Sirimanna G, Akarawita J, Karunaweera ND.

PP14    Assessment of leadership skills among first year medical students using the authentic leadership questionnaire
Nanayakkara U, Dilshani W. N. Dissanayaka
PP15    Reliability of the 20 minute whole blood clotting test as an indicator of coagulopathy in patients envenomed by Sri Lankan Viperidae snakes
Wijewickrama P.S.A., Gooneratne L., Weeratunga P., Jayasena G.M, Kularathne S.S.L., Gnanathasan A.

PP16    Factors affecting the compliance to investigations of patients with Diabetes Mellitus attending a medical clinic at a tertiary care hospital
Wickramasinghe D.S. A, Wijewickrama P.S.A., Kularathne S.S.L, Nanayakkara K.D.L, Amarasuriya M.Y, Jayasinghe K.S.A

PP17    Risk factors and prevalence of non fatal stroke in Sri Lanka – a community based study
Wijesundara WRUAS, Weeratunga LL, Wijetunga WMUA, Tilakaratne TAD, Subasinghe S, Atulanda P

PP18    Hla-dq alleles in patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: a preliminary report
Samaranayake TN, Balaji K, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW

PP19    Awareness about factors related to unintentional pediatric poisoning (upp) among Sri Lankan mothers attending Lady Ridgeway children’s hospital
Subasinghe S, Thenuwara AN, Tharanga DAK, Perera J