COLOMBO MEDICAL CONGRESS: ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

DAY 1: 13th FEBRUARY 2020

 

8.00 am – 8.30 am (PLENARY)
New Building Lecture Theatre PLENARY 1

Professor Jennifer Perera

Professor MHR Sheriff

Collaborative Research with University of Oxford on Snake bite and Poisoning (Ox-Col Project)

Professor David Warrell (UK)

8.30 am – 10.00 am (SESSIONS)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

SESSION 1

 

CHALLENGES AND INNOVATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH BEYOND 2020

Chair:

Professor Dulitha Fernando

Professor Rohini De Alwis Seneviratne

Health Care in Sri Lanka Beyond 2020

Professor Wasantha Gunathunga

Achieving Universal Health Coverage through Radical Changes in Teaching Community Medicine

Professor Upul Senarath

Public Health Problems and Solutions in the 21st Century

Professor A Pathmeswaran

Shaping Policy through Evidence: the Past, Present and Future

Professor Manuj C Weerasinghe

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 2

 

 

TROPICAL DISEASES: MALARIA AND LEISHMANIASIS

Chair:

Prof. Deepika Fernando

Dr. Nilakshi Samaranayake

Dr Sarath Gamini De Silva

 

PART 1: Malaria in Sri Lanka

Challenges in Managing Malaria Patients: Clinician’s Role

Dr Anula Wijesundere

Challenges in Preventing the Re-introduction: Roles and Responsibilities

Dr Hemantha Herath

Malaria in Sri Lanka: Past, Present and Future-  the Vision

Professor Kamini Mendis

PART 2: Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka

Challenges in Managing Leishmaniasis: Role of the Health Sector

Dr Indira Kahawita

Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: Current and Future Challenges

Professor Nadira Karunaweera

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

SESSION 3

 

ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION IN SRI LANKA

Chair:

Professor A H Sheriffdeen

Dr Ruwangi Dissanayake

Celebrating Three Decades of Renal Transplant Surgery in Sri Lanka

Vidya Jyothi Professor MHR Sheriff

Kidney Transplantation: New Advances

Dr Rezni Cassim

Liver Transplantation in Sri Lanka

Professor Mandika Wijeratne

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Dr Lallindra Gunaratne)

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 4

 

PAEDIATRICS

Chair:

Dr Kalyani Guruge

Dr D H Karunathilaka

Childhood Obesity and NCDs

Professor Pujitha Wickramasinghe

Birth, Growth and Development of Paediatric Endocrinology in Sri Lanka

Professor Shamya de Silva

Fetal Programming and its Implications on Long term Health

Dr Sumudu Nimali Seneviratne

Nutritional Disorders in Children – Sri Lankan Perspective

Dr Renuka Jayatissa

E

Faculty Board Room

SESSION 5

 

 

NOVEL THERAPIES

Chair:

Professor Vajira H W Dissanayake

Dr Cuda Meedeniya

Novel Therapies in Thalassaemia

Dr Sachith Mettananda

Precision Functional Genomics Approach for Molecular Prevention of Breast Cancer

Professor Deodutta Roy (USA)

Novel Therapies in Rare Neurological Diseases

Dr Channa Hewamadduma (UK)

Enzyme Replacement Therapy in Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Dr Kumudu Weerasekara

Stem Cell Biology of Myelodysplastic Syndrome: Preliminary Findings from Sri Lankan studies and their Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications

Dr Hemali W W Goonasekera

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

 

SESSION 6

 

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY

Chair: Dr Rajitha Samarasinghe

 Dr Manjula Dissanayake

Felicitation: Dr Saroja Siriwardena

Biochemistry in Sri Lanka – Past, Present and Future
Dr Gaya Katulanda
Laboratory Accreditation: Impact on Test Results
Dr Deepani Siriwardhana
Molecular Medicine in Chemical Pathology
Dr Saman Peduruhewa

Optimizing Laboratory Testing for the Management of Common Non-Communicable Diseases
Dr Samuel Vasikaran (Australia)

G

Anatomy block Lecture Theatre

ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Basic Sciences and Allied Health

10.00 am – 10.30 am (LECTURES)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

LECTURE 1

Chair:

Prof Hemantha Senanayake

Dr Ajita Wijesundere

Moving Beyond Maternal Mortality: Maternal Near Miss –  WHO Concept to Quality of Obstetric Care

Professor Birgitta Essén (Sweden)

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 2

Chair:

Professor NadiraKarunaweera

Dr Yamuna Siriwardana

Targeting Safe Havens: A Novel Strategy for Developing Host Directed Therapies for Infections

Professor Abhay R Satoskar (USA)

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 3

Chair:

Professor Lakshman Dissanayake

Professor Narada Warnasuriya

Dialectics in Medicine

Professor Susirith Mendis

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 4

Chair:

Professor Piyusha Atapattu

Professor Indika Karunathilake

Engage, Educate and Transform: Working with the Millennials and Gen Z

Dr Dujeepa Samarasekara (Singapore)

E

Faculty Board Room

LECTURE 5

Chair:

Professor L R Amarasekara

Dr Modini Jayawickrama

Recent Advances in the Understanding of Cancer Immunology: Implications for Clinical Practice

Dr Dinakantha Kumararatne (UK)

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 6

Chair:

Professor Anuja Abayadeera

Dr Shirani Hapuarachchi

Intensive Care: Past, Present and Future

Professor Mahesh Nirmalan (UK)

G

Anatomy block Lecture Theatre

ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Basic Sciences and Allied Health

10.30 am – 11.00 am (TEA)
11.00 am – 12.30 pm (SESSIONS)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

SESSION 7

 

 

DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Chair:

Professor W Lakshman

Professor Nalaka Mendis

Economics and Health
Professor Amala De Silva

Development and Health: Some Paradoxes and Contradictions in Sri Lanka
Professor Kalinga Tudor Silva

An Evolutionary History of ‘Western Medicine’ 

Dr Panduka Karunanayake

SDG’s and Health: Some Policy Implications
Professor Siri Hettige

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 8

 

 

PLANTS AND INDIGENOUS MEDICINES

Chair:

Professor J Welihinda

Professor Shiroma Handunnetti

Folk Medicine to Bed: Discovery of Novel Anti-parasitic and Immunomodulatory Drugs from the Natural Product used by Mayans

Professor Abhay R Satoskar (USA)

Principles of Ayurveda, A Perspective from Allopathic Health

Dr Senaka Pilapitiya

Private Sector Initiated RCTs on Herbal Medicines

Professor Colvin Goonaratna

Elucidating Anti-cancer Properties of Sri Lankan Endemic Plants

Professor Kamani Tennakoon

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

SESSION 9

 

 

NEPHROLOGY

Chair:

Dr Kamani Wanigasooriya

Dr Mathu Selvaraja

Overview of CKDu: Global and Local

Dr. Eranga Wijewickrema

CKDu – Epidemiology in Sri Lanka

Dr Asanga Ranasinghe

CKDu – How Far Have We Succeeded in Finding the Cause?

Dr Chula Herath

Harnessing Data for Prevention: Lessons from Kidney Surveillance Systems

Professor Rajiv Saran (USA)

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 10

 

 

MEDICAL EDUCATION

Chair:

Professor P Jayawickramarajah

Dr Rohana Basil Marasinghe

Technology Enhanced Medical Education
Professor Indika Karunathilake

Professionalism
Professor Madawa Chandratilake

Developing Collaborative Competencies Throughout Medical Student Education
Dr Asela Olupeliyawa

Towards a Licentiate Examination for MBBS?
Professor Gominda Ponnamperuma

E

Faculty Board Room

 

SESSION 11

 

 

RECENT ADVANCES IN CANCER

Chair:

Dr Indrani Amarasinghe

Dr Prasad Abeysinghe

Prevention and Control of Cancer in Sri Lanka
Dr Suraj N Perera

Integration of Personalised Screening, Lifestyle Factors and Genomics for Precision Prevention of Cancer
Dr Harindra Jayasekara (Australia)

Bone Marrow Transplant for Hematological Malignancies: Experience at Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama
Dr Devinda Jayathilake
Recent Advances in Management of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Dr Mahendra Perera

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

SESSION 12

 

UROLOGY:  CURRENT AND EMERGING CHALLENGES

Chair:

Dr Niroshan Seneviratne

Dr Namantha Nandasena

Prostate Cancer Management in the Modern Era – Paradigm Shift

Professor Neville Perera

Renal Stone Disease in Sri Lanka

Dr Manjula Wijewardena

Non-Traumatic Urological Emergencies

Dr  Satish K Goonesinghe)

Urological Issues in Aging Woman

Professor Ajith P Malalasekara

G

Anatomy block Lecture Theatre

ORAL/POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Basic Sciences and Allied Health

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (LECTURES)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

LECTURE 7

Chair:

Dr Henry Rajaratnam

Polycystic Ovarian Disease: the Sri Lankan Perspective

Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 8

Chair:

Dr BandulaWijesiriwardana

Transcending Guidelines in Managing Unusual Cases of Dengue Infection

Professor Kolitha H Sellahewa

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 9

 Chair:

Dr Prasad Katulanda

Dr Mahen Wijesuriya

Precision Diabetes: Where Are We Today?

Dr V Mohan (India)

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 10

Chair:

Professor Gominda Ponnamperuma

Professor Lalitha Mendis

The Future of Medical Education

Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya (Australia)

E

Faculty Board Room

LECTURE 11

Chair:

Prof. Sulochana Wijesundere Professor Preethi Udugama

Tailoring Precision Medicine Approach to Head and Neck Cancers and Lung Cancers using Liquid Biopsy

Professor Chamindie Punyadeera

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

LECTURE 12

Chair:

Dr Ranil Jayawardena

Dr Sumudu Seneviratne

Obesity, Whose Fault Is It?

Professor Dilendra Haritha Weerasinghe (USA)

1.00 pm – 1.30 pm (SNACK LUNCH)
1.30 pm – 3.00 pm (SESSIONS)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

SESSION 13

 

 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Chair:

Dr Gamini Perera

Dr Indu Asanka

Novel Non-hormonal Medications for Hot Flushes
Dr Hemantha Perera
Abnormal Endocrinology in Pregnancy and Fetal Outcome: A Review from Current Evidence
Professor H Dodampahala
Contribution of Research in Improving Reproductive Health
Professor Gunilla Lindmark (Sweden)

Addressing the Challenges of Teenage Pregnancy

Dr Harsha D P Atapattu

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 14

 

NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES

Chair:

Dr Yasoma Thilakarathne

Dr Shalindra Ranasinghe

Challenges in Reducing Transmission of Dengue: Potential of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti

Professor Shiroma Handunnetti

Soil-transmitted Helminths: From Control to Elimination

Professor Nilanthi de Silva

Filariasis in Sri Lanka: Have We Reached the End of the Journey?

Professor Nilmini Chandrasena

Rickettsial Diseases: Can We Neglect Them?

Professor Ranjan Premaratna

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

SESSION 15

 

DIABETES: GLOBAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL

Chair:

Dr Udul Hewage

Dr Manodi Saranapala

DNA Methylation and Complex Disease Traits

Professor John Chambers (UK)

Prevention and Control of Diabetes in Asia: Current Strategies and Challenges
Vidya Jyothi Dr Prasad Katulanda

Models of Care
Dr Samanthi Cooray
Prevention of Diabetes in South Asia
Dr V Mohan (India)

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 16

 

 

RESEARCH AND POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION

Chair:

Professor Vajira H W Dissanayake

Vidya Jyothi Dr Prasad Katulanda

An Overview of Medical Research in Sri Lanka
Vidya Jyothi Professor Janaka de Silva
Role of the Faculty of Medicine in Developing Undergraduate Medical Education in Sri Lanka
Dr Palitha Abeykoon
Research and Development in Sri Lanka and Opportunities for International Partnerships
Professor Sirimali Fernando
Research Promotion in the Faculty of Medicine: The Role of the Research Promotion and Facilitation Centre

Dr Dilshani Dissanayake

E

Faculty Board Room

SESSION 17

 

 

GENETICS

Chair:

Professor Shaman Rajindrajith

Professor Athula Kaluarachchi

Four Decades of Genetics and Genomics in Sri Lanka
Vidya Jyothi Professor Vajira H W Dissanayake
Genetics and Genomics in the Asia-Pacific Region

Professor Lai Poh-San (Singapore)
Genetics and Genomics of Breast Cancer in Sri Lanka
Dr Nirmala D. Sirisena

Genetics of Bladder Cancer in Sri Lanka
Professor Ajith P Malalasekera

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

SESSION 18

 

 

VASCULAR DISORDERS

Chair:

Professor Mandika Wijeratne

Dr Mahanama Gunasekara

Vascular Surgery – the Past and the Future
Professor AH Sheriffdeen
Diabetic Foot: a Clinical Update
Dr Ranjuka Ubayasiri
Acute Mesenteric Ischaemia – a Vascular Surgeon’s Perspective
Dr Chandana Wijewardena (UK)
Vascular Trauma: The Challenges for Extremity Vascular Trauma in a Resource Poor Setting

Dr Joel Arudchelvam

3.00 pm – 4.30 pm (SESSIONS)
A

Main Hall

Administrative Building

SESSION 19

 

 

ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

Chair:

Dr SA Ruwanpathirana

Historical Development of Reproductive Health in Sri Lanka

Professor Harshalal R Seneviratne

Update on Fertility Preservation

Professor Athula Kaluarachchi

Some Ethical Issues in Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Professor Anoja Fernando

Fetal Imaging

Professor Tiran Dias

B

Pathology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 20

 

 

IMMUNOLOGY IN 2020

Chair:

Professor Neelika Malavige

Dr Rajiv de Silva

Mechanisms of Protection against Tuberculosis: “Tales that Patients Tell”.

Professor Dinakantha Kumararatna (UK)

Immunoglobulin Therapy: Ensuring Evidence-based Use
Dr Siraj Misbah (UK)

Autoimmune Encephalitis
Professor Thashi Chang

Autoimmunity and the Microbiome
Professor Suranjith Seneviratne (UK)

C

New Building Lecture Theatre

SESSION 21

 

 

NCDs: INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES & LAUNCH OF GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH UNIT, COLOMBO

Chair:

Professor John Chambers

Dr. Olivia Nieveras

Launch of the Colombo Center of Excellence GHRU

Professor John Chambers (UK)

Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne

Tackling the Burden of NCDs in Sri Lanka – the Way Forward

Dr Vindya Kumarapeli

Gains and Challenges: the NIROGI Diviya Experience
Professor C Arambepola

Scaling up of Health Promotion for NCD Prevention – Missing Link   

Dr Palitha Karunapema

Novel Challenges for NCD Prevention
Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe (Russia)

Summing up-Dr Champika Wickramasinghe

D

Physiology Lecture Theatre

SESSION 22

 

 

DRUG POLICIES IN SRI LANKA

Chair:

Professor Gita Fernando

Professor Rohini Fernandopulle

Senaka Bibile and Evolution of National Medicines Policies
Professor Narada Warnasuriya

Medicines Regulation as the Handmaiden in Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Sri Lanka – the 60-year Journey

Professor Krisantha Weerasuriya

The NMRA Act and Establishment of the NMRA
Professor Laal Jayakody
Recent Intiatives of the NMRA to Increase Access to Medicines
Professor Asitha De Silva

E

Faculty Board Room

SESSION 23

 

 

CRITICAL CARE

Chair:

Dr Vihara Dassanayake

Dr Kanishka Indrarathne

Warning on Early Warning Scores!

Dr Waruni Samaranayake

Advances in Critical Care Medicine

Dr Nuwan Ranawake

Interface between Tropical Disease and Critical Illness

Dr Dilshan Priyankara

Should we Intubate Everybody at the End?

Dr Manoj Edirisooriya

F

Surgery Lecture Theatre

SESSION 24

 

 

HEPATO BILIARY DISORDERS

Chair:

Professor Rohan Siriwardana

Professor Deepaka Weerasekara

Chronic Pancreatitis – Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges

Professor Mohan De Silva
Conquering the Liver, Past, Present and Future – Surgical Perspective

Professor Aloka Pathirana

Gall Bladders – Pluck them Raw, Ripe or Not at All?

Dr S Sivaganesh

Role of ERCP and Endoscopic Ultra Sound in Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Diseases (HBP)

Dr Nilesh Fernandopulle

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (TEA)
6.00 pm onwards  (SOCIAL EVENTS)