Program

Day 1 - 10 July 2017

8.30 am            Registration


9.00 am            Inauguration      

 

Address by Co-Chairs Prof. Priya Weerasinghe & Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake.

Address by Prof. Jennifer Perera, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

Address by Guest of Honour, Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake, Vice chancellor, University of Colombo.

Address by Chief Guest, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research.


 

Keynote address

Novel chemotherapeutic agents and Ras signaling pathway                       
    
John Hancock
Vice-Dean of Research,
Executive Director, Institute of Molecular Medicine,
Professor and Chairman, Dept Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas,
USA. 





10.30 am          Tea       


11.00 am          Symposium 1

Treatment of Cancer in Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine


Kamal Perera MD, PhD

Senior Lecturer & Head of Department of Ayurveda Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics,

Institute of Indigenous Medicine, 

University of Colombo, 

Sri Lanka

 



12.00 pm          Lunch and Networking


01.00 pm          Symposium 2



Lactoferrin, an immune modulator with adjuvant capabilities                    
  
Shen-An Hwang,
Assistant Professor of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine
UT Health Mcgovern Medical School
Houston, Texas, USA.




Probing Sri Lankan Biodiversity for pharmaceutical leads

 

 Dilip De Silva
 Former Chair and Senior Professor of Organic Chemistry,
 Department of Chemistry,
 Faculty of Science,
 University of Colombo.



Importance of cultivation of medicinal plants in Sri Lanka



Assoc. Prof. Piyal Marasinghe,
Adviser,
Provincial Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine 
Uva Province,
Former Medicinal Plant Scientist in the Herbal Gardens, Haldummulla.
piyalmarasinghe@yahoo.com

 


2.30 pm            Tea  

3.00 pm            Symposium 3 


Developing cellular platforms for natural product testing


Hemali Goonasekara MBBS, DPath. MD
Senior Lecturer,
Human Genetics Unit, 
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Colombo.






Genetic variants associated with risk and clinico-pathological profile of sporadic breast cancer in Sri Lankan women
 
Nirmala Sirisena, MBBS, MSc
Senior Lecturer,
Human Genetics Unit,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Colombo.


                           

4.00 pm            Close


Day 2 -  11 July 2017


9.00 am            Symposium 4


Medicinal Plant Research and commercialization: Opportunities and Challenges

 
  Aruna Weerasooriya PhD
  Professor
  Texas A & M University,
  Prairie View, 
  Texas, 
  USA




Science behind the nature's ability in cancer prevention and treatment


 Gomika Udugamasooriya PhD
 Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry,
 Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
 University of Houston,
 Houston,
 Texas, 
 USA



10.30 am          Tea


11.00 am          Symposium 5


Implementation of a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) program in a medical school         

 Priya Weerasinghe MD, PhD

 Module Director and Co-Director, Morphoproteomic Research Laboratory
 Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 
 University of Texas Medical School, 
 Houston, Texas 
 USA
 .


                        

12.30 pm         Lunch


01.30 pm          Symposium 6


3D Organisation of the Genome – Implications for Cancer


 Pubudu Samarakoon PhD

 Postdoctoral Fellow
 Institute for Cancer Research
 Oslo University Hospital
 Oslo, Norway




Bioprospecting for drug leads from selected sponges and medicinal plants in Sri Lanka: Pilot studies 


  Prof. Preethi Udugama  PhD
  Professor in Zoology,
  Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences,
  University of Colombo,
  Sri Lanka.

 



Use of animal cell culture in screening of  natural products based drug research

  Dr. S.S.S.B.D Preethi Soysa PhD

  Associate Professor in Biochemistry
  Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
  Faculty of Medicine,
  University of Colombo.
  Sri Lanka.



3.00 pm          Student Presentations


 1.    Anti-diabetic effect of hot water extract of Tragia involucrata L. in high fat diet STZ induced diabetic rats

        MS Pallie1, PK Perera1, CL Goonasekera2, KMN Kumarasinghe2, and LDAM Arawwawala3


         1Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

         2General Sir John Kotelawela Defense University, Rathmalana, Sri Lanka

         3 Herbal Technology Section, Industrial Technological Institute, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka 


 2.    Antipyretic effect of novel preparation Sudarshana suspension in febrile children

        Weerakoon WASS1, Perera PK1, Gunasekara D2, Suresh TS3


         1Institute of indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

         2Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medical sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Sri Lanka

         3 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 


 3.    Effects of two Ayurveda drug regimens for uterine fibroids: study protocol for a single blind three arm randomized controlled trial

        Karunagoda KPKR1, Perera PK1, Senanayake H2


         1Institute of indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

         2Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Colombo, Sri Lanka


 4.    Development of an Ayurvedic pharmaceutical preparation for allergic rhinitis (Peenasa in Ayurveda) and evaluation of its safety and   

        efficacy: Study protocol 

        Dahanayake JM 1, Perera PK1,  Priyadarshani Galappatty2


          1Institute of indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

          2Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


5.     Open label clinical trial for evaluating the effectiveness of HEALING HERBS® cough syrup     

        PK Perera1, Dr. M. W. S. J. Kumari 1, Vajira H.W. Dissanayake2, A.K Thejan 3, S Fernando3


          1Institute of indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

          2Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

          3Astron (Pvt) Ltd, Rathmalana, Sri Lanka


4.00 pm           Closing Ceremony 

                        Address by Chief Guest Hon.Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine.

                        Address by Co-Chairs Prof. Priya Weerasinghe & Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake.

                        

4.30 pm          Tea