Prof. Pujitha Wickramasinghe
Current research interests
Main research interests are related to the fields of maternal & child nutrition, child body composition and metabolic derangements.
Involved in carrying out the following research projects
- Longitudinal Infant Body Composition Assessment.
- Prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency and its association with metabolic derangements among Obese Children and effects of supplementation on Obesity.
- Association of nutritional markers with NCD related metabolic derangements in a group of Sri Lankans: A cross-sectional study
- Role of Probiotics as a Therapeutic Option in management of metabolic derangements of children with obesity.
This is a multicentre international collaborative study funded by the Gates Foundation. I am a co-investigator in the Sri Lankan group.
The Sri Lankan Cerebral Palsy Register:
This is a collaborative project between Sri Lanka and Australia, funded by Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Grant number PG 7016 Sri Lanka CP Register). It is titled as a study towards developing a national hospital based disease surveillance mechanism in Sri Lanka.
The infantile spasm study registry
This is a collaborative study group comprising of all paediatric neurologists currently practicing in this country. This collaboration is likely to establish a pool of patient data regarding a rare epileptic disorder – West Syndrome
I am the current local collaborator in this project involving 20 countries. This is a web-based data entry platform which originated from New Zealand, where information about patients with epilepsy are included. Currently there are over 5000 patients registered in this and thus Sri Lanka is also placed in the map of participating countries. My name has been included as an author in three of their publications.
Dr. Ruwangi Dissanayake
- The role of modifier genes in clinical manifestations and treatment of transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia.
Registered for a M.Phil
- Study on clinical presentation and management of immune thrombocytopaenia in children.
- Screening study on Gaucher disease in patients with splenomegaly in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Sumudu Seneviratne
- Management and prevention of early life/childhood obesity and metabolic complications
- Improving outcomes and establishing multidisciplinary care in children with Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD)
- Congenital adrenal hypeplasia and Newborn screening
- Developmental origins of health and adult disease (DOHaD)
- Rare diseases
- Long term endocrine complications in paediatric cancer survivors