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The Induction of President & Siri Wickremesinghe Oration 2018

The Induction of President & Siri Wickremesinghe Oration of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists  was held on the 13th  of February 2018 at 10.30 am at the “Liberty Ballroom, Ramada Colombo”.

Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was inducted as the  President of Sri lanka College of Microbiologists . The Orator was Professor N.P. Sunil-Chandra, Senior Professor & Chair 
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.

All the members and their spouses were invited to attend the occasion . 



Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was inducted as the  President of Sri lanka College of Microbiologists on the 13th of February 2018 at 10.30 am at the “Liberty Ballroom, Ramada Colombo”.

The speech introducing  Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke was delivered by Dr Enoka Korea the outgoing president of the SLCOM ) .

Sashika Kushlani Jayatilleke had her primary education at Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda and her secondary education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, where she was appointed a prefect.

She received her MBBS degree in 1992 from the University of Colombo, with a Distinction in Microbiology. Subsequently she obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Microbiology from the PGIM, Colombo in 1998, followed by the MD in Medical Microbiology in 2001 from the same institution. She was board certified as a Consultant Microbiologist in January 2003. She completed her overseas training as an Honorary Specialist Registrar at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK and as a Locum for service Specialist Registrar in Microbiology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

On her return to Sri Lanka she was appointed Consultant Microbiologist at the Teaching Hospital, Kurunegala, followed by a posting to the National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara, where she also acted as the offsite consultant to the Kalutara General Hospital, Panadura Base Hospital and the Horana General Hospital. She has been the Consultant Microbiologist at the Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital since 2009.  

Dr Jayatilleke has many years of experience in clinical microbiology, laboratory medicine, bacteriology diagnostic services and laboratory administration. This extensive expertise has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In Sri Lanka, she is Member of the National Advisory Committee for combating Antimicrobial Resistance. She is a trained assessor for Accreditation of Medical Laboratories under ISO 15189 and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and the expert committee to develop specific criteria of the Accreditation Board of Sri Lanka. She acts as the secretary to the Technical Committee for National Laboratory Based surveillance of antibiotic resistance and is a member of its steering committee. She is a member of the Task Force in Microbiology.  Internationally, she is a Member of the Technical Steering Group, Infection Prevention and Control, WHO, Geneva and a Member of the Guideline Development Group, Infection Prevention and Control, WHO, Geneva.

She has been a loyal member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists for long period of time serving as the Joint Honorary Secretary in 2006/2007, 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 and as a member of the council over many years. She is a trainer and examiner for the Diploma and MD examinations and is a member of the Board of Study in Microbiology of the PGIM where she is presently the coordinator of the post-MD training programme. She has taken an active role in her profession by participating in the work of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, where she served as an Assistant Secretary. She is currently the Chairperson of the Expert Group on Healthcare Quality and Safety of the SLMA.

She is active in research in infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and infection control and has 25 publications and 45 presentations to her credit. In this regard, she won a President’s Award for Scientific Publication in 2012. She is an Investigator for the Asian Network for Surveillance of Resistant Pathogens (ANSORP). She has supervised many MD projects and has served as a member of the Board of Examiners for MPhil and PhD examinations.   

Her interests are not restricted to medicine and microbiology. She is a pianist who has passed the Grade 8 examination for the piano and she is a member of the Ethics Review Committee of Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital, Nugegoda.

The Siri Wickremesinghe Oration 2018

The Siri Wickremesinghe Oration was held on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 10.30 am, at the Liberty Ballroom, Ramada, Colombo.

The Orator was Professor N.P. Sunil-Chandra, Senior Professor & Chair
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.

The topic of the oration was ‘One Health approach to studies on plagues in Sri Lanka - Past and Present’.

•  Narapity Pathirannehalage Sunil-Chandra was born on 6th of October 1956. He is a proud product of Sandalanka Central College. He obtained his primary degree in Veterinary Science in 1980 from the Faculty of Medical, Dental & Veterinary Sciences, University of Peradeniya. He obtained his Master of Philosophy (Microbiology) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. In 1991 he received his Doctorate in Virology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He served the post of Post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Immunology, University of Cambridge from 1991-1994.

•  He started his career in Sri Lanka as a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, in 1995 and at present is the Senior Professor & Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, & Chairman, Research Council of the University of Kelaniya

•  He was awarded honorary Fellowship from the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in 2017

•  He has received many awards and scholarships including Vice Chancellor’s Award Kelaniya for Scientific research and President’s Award - Sri Lanka for Scientific research.

•  He is a member of International and National associations namely few, Life member and Past President of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (2006/2007) , Founder member, Executive council member and Vice President of Sri Lanka College of Veterinary Surgeons( 2016/2018) and Member & Country representative of the Asia Pacific Society for Medical Virology (APSMV) 2003-2015.

•  He has many National and International peer reviewed articles in the fields of Virology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology.

27th Annual Scientific Sessions

International Conference on Infectious Diseases and AntimicrobialResistance –

08th -10th August 2018 at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo

Theme - Communicate and collaborate for clinical excellence


Objectives of the Program

  • To raise awareness among clinicians including primary care physicians , policy makers and the public of the burden of AMR and on strategies for prevention and control of Infections and AMR in South Asia.
  • To disseminate knowledge and skills pertaining to infectious diseases and AMR within the South Asian region
  • To promote basic and applied research in infectious diseases and AMR.
  • To promote collaboration among clinicians and researchers in the region to study the epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention and control of infections and AMR.