1. Ministry of Health, Microbiology Task Force

The President Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara, Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne, and other Consultant Microbiologists from Teaching Hospitals  participate in these monthly meetings with the DGHS.

  1. National Laboratory Quality Accreditation Committee (NLQAC)

 Dr. Dhammika Vidanagama, Dr. Lilani Karunanayake Dr. Malka Dassanayaka and Dr. Pavithri Bandara.

  1. National advisory committee on infection control in hospitals

Dr Shirani Chandrasisri, Dr Mahen Kothalawala, Dr Jayanthi Elwitigala, Dr. Dammika Vidanagamage, Dr. Malika Karunarathne, Dr. Sujatha Pathirage, Dr. Lilani Karunanayake and Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkkara .

  1. National Council on Accreditation of Health Care Services in Sri Lanka

Dr Rohini Wadanamby .

  1. National Formulary Committee

Dr. Kushlani Jayathilaka .

  1. National Drugs & Therapeutics Committee

Dr. Geethika Patabendige .

  1. Medicine Evaluation committee of NMRA

Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri .

  1. Advisory committee on tuberculosis control

Dr. Dhammika Vidanagama .

  1. Medical devices evaluation committee (MDEC)

Dr. Geethani Galagoda .

  1. Liaison with GMOA

Dr. Roshan Jayasuriya and Dr. Jude Jayamaha .

  1. Liaison with SLMA

Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke, Dr. Kanthi Nanayakara and Dr. Geethani Galagoda .

  1. Technical committee on improving HIV services

Dr. Jayanthi Elwitigala and Dr. Nadeeka Janage .

  1. Representative from SLCM to the Faculty of Critical Care’ of Anaesthesiologists & Intensivists of Sri Lanka

Dr. Malka Dassanayake .

  1. Panel of experts of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri and Dr. Geethika Patabedige .

  1. Evaluation of files / dossiers submitted to NMRA.

 Dr. Malka Dassanayake, Dr. Geethika Patabendige and Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri (Microbiology), Dr. Janaki Abeynayake and Dr. Jude Jayamaha (Virology), Dr. Primali Jayasekera, (Mycology), Dr. Kanthi Nanayakkara (Vaccines) and Dr. Danushka Dassanayake (Immunology).

  1. Committee for revision of lab items

Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne, Dr. Geethika Patabendige & Dr. Dananja Namalie (Microbiology), Dr. Rohitha Muthugala (Virology), Dr. Primali Jayasekera (Mycology) & Dr. Danushka Dassanayake (Immunology) will represent the College for the next 3 years.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activities for 2016

Regular CME lectures were held monthly to enable the continuing professional development of membership. Lectures were delivered by the following speakers.

1. 23rd  October 2015 ‘Management of carbapenemase producing organisms in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London’

Dr. Kathleen Bamford, Infection Head of specialty and Consultant Medical Microbiologist

2. 06th  November 2015 “Newborn with recurrent sepsis; what it could be?”

Dr. Harshani Thabrew, Registrar in microbiology, TH Karapitiya

‘Liver has gone purple’

Dr. P. Priyaranganie, Registrar in microbiology, TH Karapitiya

‘Unusual pathogen in an unusual situation’

Dr. Bhagya Piyasiri, Consultant Microbiologist, TH Karapitiya.

3. 04th  December 2015 Over view of candida infections in primary immune deficiency”

Dr. Dhanushka Dassanayake, Consultant Immunologist, MRI

4. 07th  January 2016 “The Unlucky Ones” Severe manifestation of common viral infections

Dr. Nayomi Danthanarayana, Consultant Virologist, Teaching Hospital Karapitiya

5. 05th  February 2016 “Repeated attacks of Typhoid”

Dr. S. Vathshalan, Registrar Microbiology Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital

“Neonatal Bacteremia from Common to Uncommon”

Dr. Chathuri Gunasekera, Registrar Microbiology Colombo South Teaching Hospital

6. 04th  March 2016 “Microbiologist, mortuary and field visits” A Glimpse at the true Sri Lankan tropical infections disease pattern

Dr. Muditha Abeykoon, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist , DGH Polonnaruwa

7. 01st  April 2016 “Melioidosis; What more surprises will await us?”

Microbiology team, TH Karapitiya

8. 06th   May 2016 “De-labeling antibiotic allergy; Antimicrobial stewardship’s new weapon?”

Dr. Nadisha Badanasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, ragama.

9. 03rd of June 2016 ‘Recurrent Infections: Immune and genetic defects’

Prof Suranjith Seneviratne ,Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Royal Free Hospital and University College London

10. 01st  July 2016 “Do you know your High Five?

Dr. S.H.C. Kaushalya De Silva, Senior Registrar in Microbiology, Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital

11. 05th  of August 2016 “Optimizing culture methods for diagnosis of prosthetic joint infections”  A summary of modifications and improvements

Dr. Nilanthi Senanayake, Senior Lecturer, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana

12. 02nd  of September 2016 “Blood borne virus screening and clinical virology interpretations”

Dr. Nadeeka Janage, Consultant Virologist, TH Kandy

13. 07th  of October 2016 An outbreak of acute encephalitis & unexpected discovery”A systematic approach to detection of unknown viruses in infectious disease outbreaks

Dr. Rohitha Muthugala, Acting Consultant Medical Virologist, TH Anuradhapura

The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists -2016

The 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.cover-page


The Scientific Programme – 25TH ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS 2016

The  Scientific  Programme 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. Prof. Nelun De Silva, Dr. Malika Karunaratne and Dr. Dulmini Kumarasinghe were the panel of judges for oral presentations. Dr. Rohini Wadanamby, Dr. Hasini Banneheke and Dr. Nayaomi Danthanarayana Were the panel of judges for poster presentations. Cash prizes and certificates were awarded to the first three oral presentations and poster presentations. The scientific programme was enriched by five plenary lectures and three symposia.

 Plenary lectures were delivered by the following speakers.


  • Dr. Jane Stockley
- Quality Assurance in Microbiology Laboratories
  • Dr. Philip Rice
-The transmission, reactivation and evolution of Varicella-Zoster Virus: the solution to a 40 year-old virological mystery?
  • Dr. Kanishka Karunaratne
-Impact of HPV vaccination in prevention of cervical cancer
  • Prof. Sharmini Gunawardane
- The Era of “OMICS” and prospects for Malaria eradication
  • Dr. Nelun Perera
- Interactive Case Discussion

The plenary lectures were chaired by Prof. Vasanthi Thevanesam, Dr. Geethani Galagoda, Dr. Omala Wimalaratne, Prof. Nilanthi de Silva and Dr. Ajith Nagahawatte.

Symposium 1 - Multidrug Resistant Bacterial Infections – How to Combat?

  • Dr. Janake Munasinghe    -  The problem from a clinician's point of view
  • Dr. Jane Stockley     -  Strategies to manage antimicrobial resistance – Attempting to turn the tide .
  • Dr.  Rohan Chinniah  - Application of Behavioural Science in Infection Control and  Antibiotic Stewardship – The Force Awakens

Symposium 2 - Stem Cell Transplants - Sri Lankan perspective

  • Dr. Nicole Gilroy  -  Infective complications in stem cell transplant recipients and  challenges in diagnosis .
  • Dr. Prasad Abeysinghe  -  Overview of future stem cell transplant in Sri Lanka .
  • Dr. Nelun Perera  -  Preventing Invasive Fungal Infections in Stem Cell Transplant  recipients: Writing a policy – Leicester, UK Model .

 Symposium 3 - Pulmonary Aspergillosis

  •  Prof. Arunaloke Chakrabarti  -Types of pulmonary aspergillosis and latest methods for investigation
  • Dr. Amitha Fernando  - Clinical scenarios and situation analysis in Sri Lanka

 The Symposia were moderated by Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke, Dr. Pavithri Bandara, Dr. Samanmalee Gunasekera, Dr. Janaki Abeynayake, Dr. Preethi Perera and Dr. Primali Jayasekera

The five free paper sessions were chaired by Prof. Jennifer Perera, Dr. Madhumanee Abeywardena, Prof. N.P. Sunil-Chandra, Dr. Rajiva de Silva, Dr. Geethani Wickramasinghe, Dr. Rohitha Muthugala, Dr. Sagarika Samarasinghe, Dr. Sujatha Pathirage, Dr. Nadeeka Janage and Dr. Dhanushka Dasanayake.

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 workshop was chaired by Dr. Nalini Withana and Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne. Dr. Udaya Ranawaka, Consultant Neurologist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama spoke on “Challenges in the management of patients with acute CNS infection” , Dr. Nicole Gilroy, Infectious Disease Physician, WestMead Hospital and BMT Network, NSW, Australia spoke on “Acute encephalitis in immune-compromised patients” and Dr. Philip Rice, Consultant Clinical Virologist, Norfolk and Norwich, University Hospital, United Kingdom  spoke on “Laboratory role in patient management” , Dr. Nilmini Wijesuriya, Consultant Anaesthetist, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama spoke on “Anaesthetist’s role in managing the patient in the ICU”.

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.

Fellowships 2016

Prof SN Arseculeratne

 Sarath Nanda Arseculeratne, MBBS (Ceylon), Dip. Bact. (Manchester), D. Phil. (Oxfimg-_216ord), D. Sc. (Hon. Ruhuna) is an Emeritus Professor of Microbiology of the University of Peradeniya.  He held the post of Professor of Microbiology from 1971 – 1982, and 1989 – 1995. He was Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya in KL, Visiting Professor of Microbiology at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kelantan, Malaysia, and was a DANIDA, Wellcome, Commonwealth and Fulbright Research Fellow at universities in Denmark, Thailand and at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., USA.

Dr. S.D. Atukorala

He has been a Visiting Scientist of the World Health Organization at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre, New York City and at Hospitals affiliated to the Harvard img-_225Medical School in Boston, USA. He served as a Consultant to the WHO on numerous occasions and is a co- author of the two WHO guidelines on infection control for South East Asia. He has also authored several booklets on infection control in healthcare settings and also on rational use of antibiotics published by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. He has over twenty publications in local and international journals and has delivered many orations and guest lectures  in Sri Lanka and abroad. He has been a Temporary Advisor to the WHO on numerous occasions and helped the Ministries of Health in Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal in Infection control and rational use of antibiotics. He served as the co-coordinator and a member of the Board of study in Pathology and was also a member of the Board of study in Microbiology of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) of the University of Colombo. He served as an examiner for the Diploma in Pathology and also been an examiner at the MD examination in Microbiology.

At present he is the Visiting Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Asiri group of Hospitals and New Delmon Hospital in Colombo.

Professor Jennifer Perera

In 1974, she entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo for her undergraduate studies in medicine and successfully completed the MBBS degree with second class honors.img-_238 Following completion of her internship she joined the Department of Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, as a young Lecturer in 1980. Successful completion of her postgraduate studies would pave the way for her to be trained at the prestigious Clinical Research Centre in Middlesex in the United Kingdom.  Having been board certified as a Consultant Microbiologist by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, in 1986, she assumed duties as a Senior Lecturer in the department of Microbiology.

She has been a member of the Board of Study in Microbiology of the PGIM since 1990 which she headed from September 2011 to 2014 . She was the President of Section A of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000, the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in 2002 and the Vaccine Forum of Sri Lanka in 2010 and the president of the SLMA in 2015.

Professor Nelun DE SILVA

She served the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo from 1990 to 1997 before joining the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna in August 1997 as Senior Lecturer and Head Department of Microbiology and become the first cadre Chair in 2005.img-_252 During her tenure at Ruhuna her contribution towards Medical Education & Staff Development and the planning and the implementation of the IRQUE QUF project of the Faculty of Medicine needs special mention.

She also served the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences Rajarata University as Visiting professor on assignment basis from 2009 to 2010. Having retired from Ruhuna in 2011 she continues with her enthusiasm and commitment to teach and currently serves as the Professor in Microbiology at Faculty of Medicine, SAITM.




Ministry of Health, Nutrition, Indigenous Medicine

 Second Health Sector Development Project (SHSDP)–Component II

Funded by the World Bank (Credit No. 5228 LK)

Contract No.: SHSDP/Proc/Con/03/a

Consultancy Service for

 Designing, Development, Testing, Implementation and Maintenance of a Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS) for NIHS, Kalutara


Design, Development and Implementation of a Laboratory Information Management software (LIMS)

There are over 40 microbiology laboratories (diagnostic and referral) in the government health sector in Sri Lanka . All these laboratories use paper based processes to carry out their functions.

The ministry of health and the Sri Lanka Collage of Microbiologists has initiated the process to move away from the paper based system and to implement a common Laboratory Information Management System(LIMS) in all state sector microbiology laboratories .

This will be implemented in three phases.

Phase 1

Development of a basic laboratory information management system to be deployed at NIHS Kalutara.

Phase 2

Expansion of the LIMS developed in phase 1 with additional modules such as – Inventory management, Document management, Quality management etc .

Phase 3

Deployment of the expanded LIMS developed in phase 1+2 to other laboratories situated at state health sector institutes.

The first phase (Phase 1) of this initiative will be to implement and Maintain a Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS) at the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) situated in Nagoda, Kalutara.

Phase 1

Development of a basic laboratory information management system to be deployed at NIHS Kalutara  is expected to be initiated in March 2017.