Reminiscing 2015 -2016

We reminisce 2015 - 2016 with a vote of thanks to our members for their enormous cooperation and valuable participation and our sponsors for their generosity

- The president and the council of the SLCM .

Council Group

Induction of President & Siri Wickremesinghe Oration 2016

Ceremonial iInduction of the presidentnduction of President and The Siri Wickremes
inghe Oration 2016 was held at the MRI on 11th March 2016.
It was delivered by Dr. Rajiva de Silva, Consultant Immunologist, Medical Research Institute, Colombo. The topic was “Primary immune deficiency in Sri Lanka – The Long March”.

25th Annual Scientific Sessions 2016

The 25th Annual Scientific Sessions 2016 was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation, Colombo 7 from 10th to 12th August 2016. The theme for the sessions was “Microbial Infections: Facing Challenges and Exploring Possibilities”.

This was preceded by a pre-congress workshop on 10th August 2016 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on “Acute Encephalitis – a clinical dilemma”.

The Inauguration of the Annual Scientific Sessions was held on 10th August 2016 at the Sri Lanka Foundation, Colombo 7. Prof. Mohan de Silva, Chairman, University Grants Commission was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony.  The President of the College Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara delivered the presidential address.

Thalle Scientific Pro gramme was held on the 11th & 12th August at the Auditorium of Sri Lanka Foundation, Colombo 7. Eighteen oral presentations and nineteen poster presentations were made during the sessions. The scientific pro gramme was enriched by five plenary lectures and three symposia.

The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

cover-pageThe College published the Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for 2016, to coincide with the scientific sessions. Editorial work was done by Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya and the Editorial Board. It contained the previous year’s Presidential Address delivered by Prof Nilanthi De Silva, the Siri Wickremesinghe orations for 2015 and 2016, abstracts of oral and poster presentations made at the 2016 annual sessions, summaries of some CME lectures, articles and summaries of presentations at the scientific sessions.


Formulation of national antibiotic guidelines in collaboration with other professional colleges in medicine.

book-cover-page-1The antibiotic guideline subcommittee was chaired by Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne. Twenty one national guidelines on empirical and prophylactic use of antimicrobials have been completed and are compiled into one booklet and launching ceremony will be held on 17th of November 2016 and this event will be organized by the Ministry of Health.

Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Project (ARSP)

blood-cultures-2This project is convened by Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala. The ARSP is in its second phase now with participation of newly appointed Consultant Microbiologists as well.  Distribution of sheep blood from NLDB for this project has commenced and is in the second phase now

National Laboratory based surveillance of antimicrobial resistance project (NLBSA)

This project is convened by Dr. Kushlani jayathilake

Antibiotics - Medical Concept. Composition of Medicamen.

Data received in 2014 were analysed and published in Sri Lanka Journal in Infectious Diseases as “Analysis of urine culture isolates from seven laboratories in Western province of Sri Lanka; National Laboratory Based Surveillance- conducted by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists -2014; SK Jayatilleke, G Patabendige, M Dassanayake, GKD Karunaratne, J Perera, RRDP Perera, WRPLI Wijesooriya, NP Sunil-Chandra, J Kottahachchi, D Athukorala, T Dissanayake;

Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2016 Vol.6 (1):17-24; DOI:

Data from 14 laboratories for the year 2015 was analysed by Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke and a report was prepared. This data will be published in the web site dedicated for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in the Ministry of Health as well as the web site of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

Laboratory Information System (LIMS)

limscloudDr. Roshan Jayasuriya, Dr. Rohitha Muthugala, Dr. Nadeesha Badanasinghe, Dr. Surani Udugama & Dr. Danushaka Dasanayake are currently working with the Health Ministry’s Health Information Unit to develop a Laboratory Information System suitable for use in Microbiology laboratories.


Regular CME lectures were held monthly to enable the continuing professional development of membership.


Off site consultancy services

College members continued to assist the Ministry of Health with off site consultancy services for this year as well.


E - Training workshop -A workshop was organized by Dr. Geethani Galagoda for all microbiology trainees. The workshop was held at MRI on 18/2/2016 successfully.

 Workshop on Introduction of Revised Protocol for Anti- Rabies Post Exposure Therapy to the Medical Officers

IMG_2135The workshop was organized for 145 medical officers from all teaching, general and base hospitals of the country by the SLCM in collaboration with the MRI and Department of Public Health Veterinary Services, on 10/6/2016 at MRI Auditorium with funding from all three organizing bodies.

Training program for infection control medical officers and MO Microbiology

This work shop was prepared by Dr. Geethika Patabendige and Dr. Malka Dassanayaka and was organized by MoH and held successfully on 22nd August to 6th September at MRI. Many Consultant Microbiologists and Virologists contributed as resource

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