The University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2012 will be held on 16th and 17th August 2012 on the theme “Converging Technologies & Sustainable Communities.” The inaugural session will take place at the Senate Hall of the University of Colombo on 16th August 2012 from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Honourable Judge Prof. C.G. Weeramantry, Founder of the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research, and former Vice President, International Court of Justice, and the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will deliver the keynote address on “Sustainable Development and Codes of Scientific Conduct”.

Other invited speakers at the inaugural session are:

  • Professor Simon Chestermon, Dean, Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore on “Convergence and Divergence in 21st Century Academia: Three Visions of a University”
  • Professor Ranjith Senarante, Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission on “Creativity, Innovation and Inclusive Development”
  • Mr. Janaka Jayalath, Senior General Manager, Corporate Planning and Marketing, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd on “Education for All: A Case Study on mLearning”

Symposium Committee

  • Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Vice-Chancellor
  • Dr. Tudor Weerasinghe, Rector/Sri Palee
  • Prof. Athula Ranasinghe, Dean/Arts
  • Prof. Sunil Chandrasiri, Dean/FGS
  • Mr. V.T.Thamilmaran, Dean/Law
  • Prof. Marei Perera, Dean/Education
  • Prof. H.D. Karunaratne, Dean/ Management & Finance
  • Prof. Rohan Jayasekera, Dean/ Medicine
  • Prof. T.R. Ariyaratne, Dean/Science
  • Mr. T.L.R. Silva, Acting Registrar
  • Mrs. K.S.T.S. Jayasooriya, Bursar
  • Mrs. D.C. Kuruppu, Acting Librarian


  • Prof. Neloufer de Mel
  • Mrs. T.D.D.Pathiranage Assistant. Registrar/ Academic & Publications (Convener)

Editorial Committee

  • Dr. Shavika Damunupola Amarasekera- Editor
  • Prof. Amala de Silva (Co- Editor) – Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. T.D. Kodagoda – Faculty of Management
  • Prof. M. Karunanithy – Faculty of Education
  • Prof. K.R.R.Mahanama – Faculty of Science
  • Prof. Jennifer Perera – Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Indunil Dayaratne – Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Prof. Sharya Scharenguivel – Faculty of Law
  • Dr. Dharmakeerthi Sri Ranjan – Sri Palee Campus
  • Mrs. D.C. Kuruppu – Library

Publicity Committee -Sri Palee Campus

  • Dr. Chaminda Jayasundara
  • Dr. Priyanga Ranasinghe
  • Dr. K.A. Karunanayake

Inauguration Committee

  • Dr. N.N. J. Navaratne
  • Dr. Nadira Karunaweera
  • Dr. Sudeera Ranwala
  • Mrs. Indira Nanayakkara
  • Ms. Jeevani Herath
  • Dr. Sandagomi Coperahewa
  • Dr. T. Kodagoda

Food & Refreshments Committee

  • Mrs. K.S.T.S. Swarnalatha (Chair)
  • Dr. Sudeera Ranwala
  • Ms. S. Segarajasingham
  • Ms. Sajeewani Somaratne
  • Dr. Chamari Hettiarachchi
  • Mrs. Sashi Weerawansa

Logistics Committee

  • Mrs. K.S.T.S. Swarnalatha
  • Mr. H.M.W.G.P.R.A. Bandara
  • Ms. Jeeva Niriella
  • Ms. Kumudu Senevirathne
  • Dr. M.N. Kaumal
  • Dr. Suranga Silva
8.30 am – 9.30 am Registration
9.30 am – 9.40 am National Anthem
9.40 am – 9.50 am Lighting the Oil Lamp
9.50 am – 10.00 am Pooja Dance- Sri Palee Campus
10.00 am – 10.15 am Welcome Address by the Vice Chancellor
10.15 am – 10.45 am Tea
10.45 am – 11.00 am Introduction of Keynote Speaker
11.00 am – 11.45 am Keynote address by Honourable Judge C.G. Weeramantry
(Founder, Weeramantry International Center for Peace Education and Research)
‘Sustainable Development and Codes of Scientific Conduct’
11.45 am – 12.00 noon Vote of Thanks
12.00 noon – 1.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm – 1.30 pm Mr. Janaka Jayalath
(Senior General Manager, Corporate Planning & Marketing, Mobitel (Pvt. Ltd)
‘Education for All: A Case Study on mLearning”
1.30 pm – 2.00 pm Prof. Ranjith Senaratne
(Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission)
‘Creativity, Innovation and Inclusive Development’
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Prof. Simon Chesterman
(Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore)
‘Convergence and Divergence in 21st Century Academia: Three Visions of a University’
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm Discussion
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm Tea

Faculty of Medicine
“Converging Technologies and Sustainable Communities”
17th August 2012

  • 8.00 am: Registration and participants take their seats
  • 8.30 am: Academic Procession
  • 8.35 am: Lighting of the oil lamp and National Anthem
  • 8.45 am: Welcome 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

Faculty of Graduate Studies
18th August 2012

  • 9.00 am: Arrival of Guests
  • 9.10 am: Lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp
  • 9.15 am: Welcome Address by Dean-Faculty of Graduate Studies – Prof. Sunil Chandrasiri
  • 9.20 am: Address by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama
  • 9.30 – 10.00 am: Address by the Chief Guest
  • 10.00 – 10.30 am: Tea

Session II Student Presentations

  • 10.30 am – 10.40 am: Presenter I
  • 10.40 am – 10.50 am: Presenter II
  • 10.50 am – 11.00 am: Presenter III
  • 11.10 am – 11.20 am: Presenter IV
  • 11.20 am – 11.30 am: Presenter V
  • 11.30 am – 11.40 am: Presenter VI
  • 11.40 am – 11.50 am: Presenter VII
  • 11.50 am – 12.00 noon: Presenter VIII
  • 12.00 noon-12.20 pm: Discussion
  • 12.20 pm: Vote of Thanks
  • 12.30 pm: Lunch will be served at the Library (Room 306)