Personal Information

 

Name: Dr. Chamari Weeraratne, MBBS ( Colombo, Sri Lanka), MD Medicine ( Colombo, Sri Lanka), Board Certified as a Specialist in internal Medicine, FCCP

Designation: Specialist Physician, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology,  Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of medicine, University of Colombo

Gender: female

Civil Status: Married


Academic Record

  • M.B.,B.S. (Colombo, Sri Lanka) (1995)
  • MD ( Medicine) (Colombo, Sri Lanka) (2002)
  • Post doctoral Training in Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at Hunter New England Area Health Service, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia from 2003 to 2005
  • Board Certification as a Specialist Physician ( 2004)
  • Awarded Fellowship of Ceylon College of Physicians ( FCCP) in 2013 

Bibliography 

Dr. Chamari Weeraratne is holding the following appointments at present. 

AT THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology

Student Counsellor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Member, Endocrine and Metabolism Module

Member, Infectious and Parasitic disease module

Member, mental health module

Examiner for Medicine, MBBS course: Final year long case, short case, emergency medicine from 2007 to date


OTHER UNIVERSITIES/POSTGRADUATE INSTITUTES

 

AT POST GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE 

  • Was appointed as the member Secretary of the Board of study in Multi disciplinary Study courses at the Postgraduate Institute, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2012 and is continuing in this post to date. 

 

PAST APPOINTMENTS 

FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

 

Administrative

Course Director, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Development from 2011 to 2014

 

Academic

Coordinator, Therapeutics Lecture Series

Coordinator, Introductory ward classes in Pharmacology

Chairperson, Foundation Module

Course Director, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Development

Convenor, Extension Courses Committee

Secretary of Clinical Trials Subcommittee for Ethics Review Committee

Member, Ethics Review Committee

Probationary Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo from 1999 to 2002

 

AT OTHER PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES/ UNIVERSITIES

Indigenous Medicine Institute 

Was appointed as the Medical Faculty Representative for the Board of Management of the Indigenous Institute of Medicine in 2012. 

At Kothalawala Defence University 

Appointed as a visiting Lecturer in Pharmacology

 

Other academic/clinical appointments 

August, 2003 to August 2005 – Medical Registrar, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Newcastle, New South Wales  Australia , while on post MD ( Medicine) overseas training. 

August, 2003 to August 2005: Functioned also as Medical Registrar of the Mater Hospital Acute Care Community Service ( MACCS), Newcastle, New South Wales  Australia. 

August, 2003 to August 2005: Functioned also as the Drug and Alcohol registrar of the Mater Hospital Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. 

2002 Senior Registrar in internal medicine, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka

 

January, 2000 to June 2002 Medical Registrar, National hospital of Sri Lanka 

May 1999 to 2004: Lecturer in Pharmacology at Faculty of medicine, university of Colombo.

 

August , 1997 to April, 1999 – Lecturer in Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

April 1996 to April 1997 – Internship at National hospital Sri Lanka

July 1995 to March 1996 – Demonstrator in Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Publications

 

BOOKS 

1.      Medicines and you: 2015; S Godage and Brothers Publishers:

This is a book written for the purpose of educating the public on safe and effective use of medicine.. It explains important aspects of medicines and their use from the very basics.

2.     awushadha bhawithayata athwelak”:2015; S Godage and Brothers Publishers

3.     I am a hero!! I took my medicines: 2015; M D Gunasena Publishers

 

This is a children’s story book to introduce basic concepts to children on using medicines safely and effectively; a guide to parents is included at the end of the book

4.    “Yahaluwane me ahanna, beheth bonne menna mehema!”2015; M D Gunasena Publishers 

This is a children’s story book to introduce basic concepts to children on using medicines safely and effectively; a guide to parents is included at the end of the book 

5.     Communicating medicine instructions to hearing disabled consumers. 2013; Lambart Academic Publishing. 

This book is based on a research done to validate suitable methods to communicate instructions on taking medicines to hearing disabled persons. I was the supervisor and co investigator of this BSc Science project that was done by Prathiba Desmon. This was published by a German Academic Publisher and is available for purchase in the international market and could be purchased on line via e bay.

6.    awushadha bhawithayata athwelak ” 2009; Ananda press 

This is a book written in Sinhala for the purpose of educating the public on safe and effective use of medicine. It was launched on the 30th of September 2009 at the Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall at an event organized for the commemoration of the late Professor Senaka Bibile. The publication of this book was sponsored by the State Pharmaceutical corporation.  This is the first book of its kind to be published in Sri Lanka in the Sinhala language by an expert in the field. It explains important aspects of medicines and their use from the very basics. The following are some topics covered in the book. 

  • Generic verses brand names of medicines.
  • Prescription and non prescription drugs.
  • What to ask the doctor and pharmacists regarding the drugs prescribed.
  • Issues related to buying medicines at a pharmacy. 
  • How to read and understand the information given in the medicine labels.
  • How to store medicines at home.
  • How to use different medicine preparations such as eye drops, ear drops, inhalers for asthma,  etc,
  • Use of medicine during pregnancy, breast feeding, giving medicines to children safely, issues related to safe use of medicines in the elderly,
  • How to maintain ones own medicine chart, 
  • Special notes on use of asthma inhalers, use of antibiotics, use of insulin for diabetes etc. 


 7. I am a hero!! I took my medicines: Braille translation; 2015;

 8. “Yahaluwane me ahanna, beheth bonne menna mehema!” Braille translation; 2015;

 9. “awushadha bhawithayata athwelak” Braille translation, 2009. 

To enable the visually handicapped people in Sri Lanka to read the book. This was launched at the Sri Lanka Council for the blind. This is the first local medical publication in Braille in Sri Lanka. This book is to be distributed to schools for the  Blind, islandwide, and 3 public libraries in Sri Lanka by the Council for the Blind.  

10. Sri Lanka Patients Formulary. 2011 

Was one of the 4 joint editors,  and a contributory author of Sri Lanka National Formulary which is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. It was written for the use by patients to access reliable, unbiased information regarding the medicines they are using. It was launched at the SPC dealers convention at Taj samudra on  November 29, 2010.

 

This was funded by the World Health Organization. Was the convenor for the Patient Formulary Project. 

11.   Determination of drug levels in chylomicrones. 2013; Lambart academic publishing.

This book is based on a BSc Pharmacy research project by C. Rupasinghe where I was a supervisor and co investigator. This was published by a German Academic Publisher and is available for purchase in the international market and could be purchased on line via e bay. 

12. Abrew K, Weeraratne C L, “Manual on Insulin therapy

A joint publication of the Department of Pharmacology and the Ceylon College of Physicians for the Health Sector Development Project of the Ministry of Health, sri Lanka. July 2009 

13. Post graduate Diploma in Health Development Course Book. 

Was the main editor for the Course books, 2009. 2010, 2010, and 2011

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

1.               “awushadha bhawithayata athwelak”  audio CD in the author’s voice as requested by the Sri Lanka Council for the blind to enable sighted as well as visually disabled people access the contents.

2.              “awushadha bhawithayata athwelak” electronic publication using Digital Assistive Information System (DAISY) to enable blind, deaf , partially sighted and  sighted people access the contents.

3.             Weeraratne C L, Abrew K, DVD on Insulin Therapy, A joint publication of the Department of Pharmacology and the Ceylon College of Physicians for the Health Sector Development Project of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. July 2009

 PUBLICATIONS IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS 

1. Weeraratne, C.L.. Rosa, C.T., Opatha, O.K.D.S.T. Challenges faced by visually disabled people in use of medicines, self-adopted coping strategies and medicine related mishaps. WHO South East Asia Journal of Public health, 2012; 1(3): 256 -267

2. A D C S Rupasinghe, W Pathirana,  C L Weeraratne, S. B. D. P. Soysa and N. Kulathunga. Drug  Levels in isolated chylomicrons as a determinant tool of the hepatic bypass absorption pathway. .International Journal of Pharmaceutical science and technology 2011;.6(2): 24 -33

3. How to minimize pain associated with insulin injections. Weeraratne C, Abrew K. The Sri Lanka  Prescriber 2011; 19(4): 1-3

4. Weeraratne C L, Abrew WK, Kuruppumullage RP. Knowledge on insulin therapy among healthcare professionals. Journal of Ceylon College of Physicians 2010.41

(2): 67 - 71 

5.  Weeraratne CL. Prescribing for the blind and partially sighted patients. The Sri Lanka  Prescriber 2009;17(4): 4-6. Weeraratne CL. Prescribing in pregnancy. The Sri Lanka  Prescriber 2008;16(4) :3-6

7. Weeraratne CL. How to communicate instructions on taking medicines to your hearing disabled patient. The Sri Lanka  Prescriber 2012; 20, (4): 4 -8

8.  P. K. Desman, C. L.  Weeraratne.  Overcoming communication barriers in conveying medicine instructions to hearing disabled persons. The Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka 2013; 2. (2): 42-58

9. Weeraratne C, Luke WANV, Madugalle S, Maduranga S. Limitations for effective health care among a group of South Asian deaf students and strategies adopted by them to overcome these limitations. International Journal of Sciences & Applied Research 2014; 1(2); 64-69.

10. Weeraratne, C.L., Rosa, C.T., Opatha, O.K.D.S.T. Knowledge on medicine use, medicine information needs and medicine information sources accessible and preferred by visually disabled adults. Journal of PharmaSciTech 2015;5 (1); 11-15

11. Weeraratne C L and Fernando. M A L. Study of suitable methods to facilitate independent self- administration of medicines in a group of blind and partially sighted persons in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Pharmacy Review & Research 2015; 5|( 3);183-190.

12. Ishanka MunugodaChamari Weeraratne. Effectiveness of a Home Based Progressive Resistance Training Program in Reducing Pain and Disability in Patients with Osteoarthritis of Knee. Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 2015;. 3, (2); 83 -91

13. Chamari Weeraratne, Dinesh Perera and Anupama Annalingam. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY OF MOTHERS LIVING IN A SEMI-URBAN AREA IN SRI LANKA TO ADMINISTER LIQUID MEDICATIONS TO INFANTS AND PRESCHOOL CHILDREN; International Journal of Pharmacy Review & Research 2015; 5 | (2) ; 103-107.

14. Weeraratne C.L., Annalingam A., Perera K.D.R. Knowledge, beliefs and practices of primary caregivers of children attending a well-baby clinic in a Sri Lankan suburb regarding giving medicines to children. International Journal of Sciences & Applied Research 2015; 2; 56-63

15. BMR Fernandopulle, CL Weeraratne, K Weerasuriya, ND Karunaweera. Efficacy of a five-day course of primaquine in preventing relapses in Plasmodium vivax malaria – a pilot study. Research Letters. Ceylon Medical Journal 2003; 48 (1): 32

16. Chamari Weeraratne, Dinesh Perera. Mumps. Sri Lanka Prescriber 2013;21(1);12-13


COMMUNICATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS PUBLISHED AS ABSTRACTS 

INTERNATIONAL

1. Ishanka Munugoda, Chamari Weeraratne . Effectiveness of a home based progressive training program in reducing pain and disability in patients with osteoarthritis of knee.  Published as full paper in the Paper Proceedings of Second International Conference in Global Public Health 2014 (3-4 July, 2014)

2.Weeraratne,  C L,  Luke WANV, Madurange BBS, Madugalle SSB. Restrictions to effective use of medicine among visually disabled students and strategies adopted by themselves to overcome these limitations. Proceedings of the 5th Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference & 4th Asian Regional Health Technology Assessment Conference-19 & 20 August 2010 (Abstract)

3. Luke WANV, Weer Limitations to effective use of medicine among Blind, Deaf and Mute students and strategies adopted by themselves to overcome the limitations. Weeraratne CL, Luke WANV, Madurange BBS, Madugalle TMSSB. Oral presentation at Disability and Majority World 1rst International Conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK on 7th and 8th July 2011.

 4. Weeraratne,  C L,  Madurange BBS, Madugalle SSB. Limitations to effective se of medicines among deaf students and    strategies adopted by themselves to overcome limitations. Proceedings of the 5th Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference & 4th Asian Regional Health Technology Assessment Conference-19 & 20 August 2010 (Abstract)

5. Weeraratne,  C L,  Luke WANV, Madurange BBS, Madugalle SSB. Problems encounted by blind students with regard to effective use of medicine and strategies adopted by them to overcome these limitations. Proceedings of the Singapore Healthcare. Volume 19. Number 2(Suppl). 2010

6. Weeraratne CL, Rosa, CT, Opatha OKDST. Medicine information needs and sources, their accessibility and acceptability in visually disabled adults in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 10th South East Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. May 2010 (Abstract)

7. Weeraratne CL, Rosa, CT, Opatha OKDST. Difficulties encountered in using medicines, self adopted coping strategies and medicine related mishaps in visually disabled adults. Proceedings of the 10thSouth East Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association. May 2010 (Abstract)

8. Weeraratne,  C L,  Luke WANV, Madurange BBS, Madugalle SSB. Limitations to effective use of medicine among visually disabled students and strategies adopted by themselves to overcome these limitations. Web publication at International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care 2010. website. http://international forum.bmj.com/doc/2010/posters

9. Relationship of Learning approach to performance in basic medical science examination in a developing country medical school with a traditional curriculum. Asoka S. Dissanayake, Chamari Weeraratne, N. Padmalal Gurugama, Proceedings of the fifth  Annual Meeting of the International Medical Science Educators, July 21 – 24, 2001, Mayo Clinic, Rochestr, Minnesota USA.

10. Dissanayake A.S. & Weeraratne C(1997) Learning Approaches of First Year Medical Students in a Sri Lankan Medical School. Proceeding of South East Asian Region Conference on Medical Education Pattaya, Thailand 1997; 256(Abstract) 

NATIONAL

1.         Difficulties encounted in using medicines, self adopted coping strategies and medicine related mishaps in visually disabled adults       Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa CT,Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the University of Colombo to be held in June 2011. 

2.        Medicine information needs and accessible and acceptable sources in visually disabled adults in Sri Lanka Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa CT, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the University of Colombo to be held in June 2011. 

3.        Difficulties encounted in using medicines, self adopted coping strategies and medicine related mishaps in visually disabled adults Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa CT, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Oral presentation at Sri Lanka Medical Association 124th Annual Scientific Sessions, 7th -10th June 2011 at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo 

4.       Use of information about medicinal drugs by visually disabled adults in Sri Lanka Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa CT, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Poster presentation at Sri Lanka Medical Association 124th Annual Scientific Sessions, 7th -10th June 2011 at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

5.        Limitations to effective use of medicine among Blind, Deaf and Mute students and strategies adopted by themselves to overcome the limitations. Weeraratne CL, Luke WANV, Madurange BBS, Madugalle TMSSB. Oral presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions 2011 held at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 2 on 10th July 2011.

6.       Medicine information needs and sources, their accessiblility and acceptability among visually disabled adults. Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa CT. Oral presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions 2011 held at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 2 on 10th July 2011.

7.        Difficulties encountered in using medicines, self adopted coping strategies and medicine related mishaps in visually disabled adults. Weeraratne C L, Opatha OKDST, Rosa. Oral presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions 2011 held at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 2 on 10th July 2011.

8.       Validation of different strategies to improve independent self administration of medicines in visually disabled persons. Fernando MAL, Weeraratne CL. Oral presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions 2011 held at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 2 on 10th July 2011.

9.       Validation of different strategies to improve independent self administration of medicines in hearing disabled persons. Desman PK, Weeraratne CL. Oral presentation at the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka Annual Sessions 2011 held at DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 2 on 10th July 2011. 

10. W.K. de Abrew, C. L. Weeraratne, T.D. Wijeratne, H. Perera, A.G. de Abrew, D. L. S. Lakshmee. Study of diabetes, Hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia and obesity in non-academic staff of a Medical Faculty (DHHO study) using a screening program. Research symposium 2010, Faculty of medicine, University of Colombo. (Abstract)

11. Abrew K, Weeraratne C, Wijesundera S, Gunathunga MW, Perera H, Ihalamulla RL. University Students’ Perception on an Informal Education Programme based on the Noble Eightfold Path for Personal Development. 4th National Conference on Buddhist Studies August 30th – 31st, 2008

12. Weerasooriya K and Weeraratne C (2001) The efficacy of five day course of primaquine for Plasmodium vivax malaria. Ceylon College of Physicians Academic Sessions 2001 ( Abstract) 

13.   Abrew K, Weeraratne CL, Galappatthy P, Jayakody RL, Jayasekara L.M.D.T, Aravithan A, Kempitiya BCTANMRCS, Warapitiya D S, Wijayabandara MDMS. A clinical audit on awareness of recommended devices and practices of subcutaneous insulin injection among nurses at the national hospital of Sri Lanka. 48th Annual academic sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians 2015. Published in the book of abstracts page 114. 

14.   Amarasinghe MADMS, Weeraratne CL, Wetthasinghe A. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A PATIENT EDUCATIONAL LEAFLET FOR MECHANICAL LOW BACK PAIN IN PATIENTS AT RHEUMATOLOGY CLINICS IN NATIONAL HOSPITAL IN SRI LANKA.  128th Anniversary International Medical Congress of Sri Lanka Medical Association. 6th -8th July 2015, Galadari Hotel, Colombo.  Published in the book of abstracts, page. 241.

15.    P. Galappatthy et al: I was a co-investigator in this study. Impact of routine serum carbamazepine monitoring in pregnancy on seizure control and medication adherence: Preliminary results of an ongoing study. Ceylon College of Physicians 47th Annual Academic Sessions 2014:  Won the Deshamanya JB Peiris award for the best paper in neurology. Cinnamon Grand Colombo. October 2014 

16. P. Galappatthy et al: I was a co-investigator in this study. Outcome in babies born to women treated for epilepsy during pregnancy: a case control study. Oral presentation and published in the abstract book of 48th Annual academic sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians 18th September 2015. 

 

PUBLICATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS/CONSUMER MAGAZINES 

* Is a member of the Panel of Experts of monthly consumer health magazine in Sri Lanka “waidyawaraya” 

  •  “Nivaradi Awushadha Bhawithayata Athwelak” ( Sinhala article on Rational use of medicines) - Amathuma, Monthly Journal of the Sri Lanka Telecom employees – April 2008 ( www.slt. lk)
  • Sinhala article with Tamil translation on proper storage of medicines –Amathuma, Monthly Journal of the Sri Lanka Telecom employees – May 2008 ( www.slt. lk)
  • A sinhala article providing a guide to using nonprescription drugs safely and effectively - “Widyavaraya” Monthly Health Journal for consumers – May 2008
  • A sinhala article providing a guide to administering of medicines via different routes,  part 1- Widyavaraya” Monthly Health Journal for consumers – June 2008
  • A sinhala article providing a guide to  administering medicines via different routes part 2-Widyavaraya” Monthly Health Journal for consumers – July 2008
  • A sinhala article providing a guide to administering medicines via  different routes part 3-Widyavaraya” Monthly Health Journal for consumers – August 2008
  • “Nivaradi Awushadha Bhawithayata Athwelak” ( Sinhala article on Rational use of medicines) – “Widyavaraya” Monthly Health Journal for consumers – April 2008
  • How to take medicines safely despite poor eye sight. A guide in Sinhala to care givers of patients with poor vision to help the patients use medicines more independently. “Widyavaraya” magazine January 2010 issue. 

INVITED LECTURES

 International 

  1. Dr. Chamari Weeraratne. Medicine information for patients in Sinhalese. Report of Intercountry meeting on Promoting Rational Use of Medicines, held in New Delhi, India. 13 -15 July 2010 (page 6) 
  1. Invited lecture : “Empowering visually and Hearing disabled” at the Participatory Workshop on “Supporting Health Services for an Enabling Society” Jointly organized by Pharmaceutical Society Sri Lanka and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association held on 9th July 2011 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo 1 

NATIONAL

  1. Faculty of critical care medicine, College of Anaesthesiologists and intensivists of Sri Lanka; Annual academic sessions pre-congress symposium on caring for Kidney in ICU Critical care symposium – Prescribing in patients with acute renal injury 
  1. MCGP training program for general practitioners –Session on prescribing in 2015 
  2. Insulin therapy- Nursing officers training program – Health Education Department, Ministry of Health
  3. Drugs in pregnancy- guest lecture at the Joint session of Ceylon College of Physicians and International Society of Obstetric medicine at 40th annual scientific sessions of the Ceylon college of physicians in 2007

 

Public lectures delivered

  • Delivered the International White Cane Day Special guest lecture at the event organized by the Sri Lanka Blind Graduates Association at Moratuwa Janasetha Kala Kendraya on October 15, 2010.
  • How to prevent and control diabetes. Public lecture at Inco exhibition at Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall in 2008.
  • Prevention and control of hypertension.  Public lecture at Inco exhibition at Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall in BMICH in 2009.
  • How to control your anger. Public lecture at All Ceylon Buddhist Congress hall in 2008.
  • Health benefits of mind training.  Public lecture at All Ceylon Buddhist Congress hall in 2008.
  • How to prevent noncommunicable diseases and stay healthy. Public lecture during health camp in Moratuwa organized by the Lions club. 

Newspaper articles and interviews 

  • Irida Lakbima Haras para : Mabdakiniya: Series of Articles in November, December 2015 and January 2016 to educate consumers on rational use of medicines.
  • Drugs and you. 6 part series educating public on safe and effective use of medicine in Mediscene monthly magazine, Sunday times, January, February, March, April, May and June, 2010.
    • How to defeat your anger – The Nation, Sunday October 12, 2008
    • Defeat your anger – Sunday Observer, Sunday October 19, 2008
    • Bridging knowledge gap in medicine use – Interview in Sunday Observer on November 15, 2009

 TV Programs 

  1. Mihimadala program on Wise use of medicine in Sinhala and English: Produced by the National Science Foundation. Was the single resource person for this session and was involved in designing, writing the synopsis, giving content, expertise, and supervision for the documentary and presenting on TV. Ready for telecastining.
  2. Sirasa debator telecasted on 31 May 2014. Participated in the panel of Judges.
  3. Sirasa TV Senehasa program. Telecasted on 15th March, 2014 Educating mothers on important aspects in giving medicines to small children.
  4. Rupawahini , Akura program: Interview on books published by self for the public in year 2015. 

Radio discussion

A  1 ½ hour discussion in Lak Handa radio program on prevention and control of diabetes in year 2007. 

Professional Achievements and activities 

RESEARCH/ELECTIVE STUDENT TRAINING/SUPERVISION 

UNDERGRADAUTE

 Medical Student Electives/ Research Projects:

         Medical Student Community Research Projects:                              

        BSc Pharmacy : 3 research projects

  1. Validation of Different Strategies to improve independent self administration of medicine in Visually Disabled. Weeraratne C L, Asantha Fernando
  2. Validation of Different Strategies to improve independent self administration of medicine in hearing Disabled. Weeraratne C L, Prathibha Desmond
  3. Drug levels in isolated chylomicrons as a determinant tool of the hepatic bypass absorption pathway. A. D. C. S. RUPASINHA1*, W. PATHIRANA2, C. L. WEERARATNE2, S. B. D. P. SOYSA3 AND N. KULATHUNGA1. 

POSTGRADUATE 

        Completed Postgraduate Diploma Student: 

        1. Descriptive study of patients attending a diabetic clinic at a peripheral medical institution

        2. Utilization of drugs by patients at an outpatient department of a peripheral medical institution.

        3. Descriptive study of diabetic patients attending an Ayurvedic medical institution.

 

Other Activities 

SERVICES TO OTHER ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS

        Visiting Lecturer in Pharmacology to Kotalawala Defence University in 2011-11-29

        Examiner for Theory Paper in Pharmacology for Raja Rata University in year 2010

       Examiner for viva voce examination in Pharmacology for Faculty of Medical Sciences Sri                                  Jayawardenapura in years 2009 and 2010

 

SERVICE AS AN EXAMINER/REVIEWER OF SCIENTIFIC WORK

NATIONAL 

Editor/Editorial Committee Member of Scientific Journals 

Is  the secretary of The Sri Lanka Prescriber, which is a premiere drug information bulletin which is a member of the International Society of Drug Bulletins(ISDB) and provides independent information to medical practitioners. This is a quarterly journal published by the Department of Pharmacology and the State Pharmaceuticals corporation with a circulation of 5500 and all doctors employed by the Ministry of Health and Universities are provided copies free of charge. A Readership survey of Sri lanka Prescriber was carried out in 2007 and due to request by majority of readers, the number of pages of the journal was increased in 2008 . 

Abstract Reviewer for Scientific Sessions:

Reviewer of abstracts submitted for students’ Scientific Sessions in 2008

Contribution to National Development 

Ministry of health

  • Health System Development Project(HSDP) : 

Was a resource person for this project and developed a DVD on insulin therapy and a manual on insulin therapy along with Professor Kusum de Abrew. 

  • Participated in a Stakeholder Meeting for technical assistance to develop health check up guideline under the NCD Prevention Project organized by the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition and japan International Cooperation Agency in July 2008.
  • Participated in a workshop on formulation of a National Policy Framework for Non communicable disease prevention and control 11th & 12th July 2007
  • Participated in the work shop on Developing National Guidelines for protection of “animal Participants” in research.
  • Drug regulatory authority – Served in the expert panel investigating into a death associated with a drug in 2008.
  • Lecture on prevention and management of diabetes at a training programme for Medical Officers of Health,/ Divisional Directors of health of Health Services organized by the ( national cancer control programme) of the Ministry of Health in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  •  Lecture on prevention and management of hypertension at a training programme for Medical Officers of Health,/ Divisional Directors of health of Health Services organized by the ( national cancer control programme) of the Ministry of Health in 2008. 

Postgraduate Institute of medicine

  • MD (Oncology Part 1)- 3 lectures for each batch (3 batches in 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • MD Oncology Part 1 examiner: 2010 and 2013
  • Diploma in Hospital dental practice – 2 lectures for each batch (2008,2009, 2010)

 

Sri Lanka Medical Association:

  • One of the 3 resource persons for NIROGI LANKA project for module on pharmacological management of diabetic patient. This project is funded and mediated by World Diabetic Federation to improve management of the diabetes patients in Sri Lanka  by special training projects for selected nurses, doctors in the government sector and private sector.
    • Was a resource person ( Delivered lectures on insulin and oral antidiabetic medicines and conducted interactive sessions on insulin and oral antidiabetic medicines for 2 batches of trainee diabetic nurse educators of the NIROGI LANKA project.
    • SLMA ( Patient Information Literature leaflets)PILL committee; Convener for the pharmacology and toxicological component in this project. Has produced and submitted information leaflets on
      • generic vs trade name of a drug
      • using antibiotics rationally
      • asthma inhalers
      • medicine use by elderly
      • lithium therapy.

Accepted for publication by the PILL committee. 

Sri Lanka Medical Council:

  • Internal pharmacy: Lectures and examiner
  • External pharmacy: Examiner

Sri Lanka College of Physicians

  • Participated in the Heath System Development project(HSDP) on behalf of the Ceylon College of Physicians.
  • The insulin training module was selected to be presented as a sample training module of the project at the HSDP launching attended by the Health Minister and high Officials of the Ministry of Health and self was invited to do the presentation on behalf of the College.
  • Was the single resource person for the training module on insulin at the Southern Province training of trainers session held by the College in August 2009.
  • Resource person for MD Medicine Part 1 course for several years 

National Diabetes Centre

  • Lecture on insulin therapy for doctors 2008
  • Lecture on insulin therapy for nurses and midwives in 2007 and 2008.  

Contribution to international development: 

Participated in a world Health Organization mediated South East Asian Regional conference in July 2010 to develop a Strategic framework for promotion of rational use of medicine in South East Asia. 

GRANTS

1)       Travel Grant by International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB) to attend the ISDB general assembly which was held in Vancouver, Canada from 24/03/2012 to 28/03/2012. 

2)     Travel Grant by the Ethics Review Committee, faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo,  Sri Lanka to attend the First FERCI ( Forum for Ethics Review Committee), Mumbai, India on 5th and 6th November, 2011 

3)     WHO grant to attend inter-country meeting on Promoting Rational use of Medicines SEARO, New Delhi, 13 – 15 July 2010 

4)     WHO grant to attend the 3 day Regional Conference organized by WHO, SEARO, on Role of Education in Rational Drug Use held at Bangkok, Thailand from 12/12/2007 – 14/12/2007  

5)      Grant by WHO to develop the Sri Lankan Patients’  Formulary for the patients. Was the convener of the Project as well as a joint editor and author. 

AWARDS 

 Was awarded the prestigious social services award “ Susewabhimani sammanaya 2015” for the pioneering interventions and research to improve medicine use in hearing and visually disabled communities. 

The poster on Limitations to use of medicines by blind, deaf and mute students and self adopted coping strategies was awarded the 3rd place in the posters at the 4th Student scientific sessions at the Faculty in year 2009. Was the principle investigator and supervisor of this research project.

 

Workshops attended

International conferences/ work shops attended

  • Attended the General assembly of the international society of drug bulletins (ISDB) held in Vancouver, Canada , 24 -28 March, 2012.
  • Participated at the 1rst FERCI ( Forum for Ethics Review Committees, India) held at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai on 5th and 6th November 2011.
  • Resource person at the Intercountry meeting on Promoting Rational use of medicines, SEARO, WHO, New Delhi, 13 – 15 July 2010
  • 3 day Regional Conference organized by WHO, SEARO, on Role of Education in Rational Drug Use held at Bangkok, Thailand from 12/12/2007 – 14/12/2007
  • Participated in a 3 day workshop on Essential Medicines List organized by WHO, SEARO held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2007.
  • Ethical and Regulatory aspects of Clinical Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of medicine in 2009 ( via webcast)

National level conferences/ workshops attended 

  • Ethics in Research – organized by the National Science and Technology Commission and Section A, Sri lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 20th April, 2012
  • Workshop on Plagiarism organized by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine for PGIM trainers on January 2012 
  • Participated in a Stakeholder Meeting for technical assistance to develop health check up guideline under the NCD Prevention Project organized by the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition and japan International Cooperation Agency in July 2008.
  • Participated in a workshop on formulation of a National Policy Framework for Non communicable disease prevention and control 11th & 12th July 2007
  • Participated in the work shop on Developing National Guidelines for protection of “animal Participants” in research, 2008
  • Design and analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials and Endnote Soft ware organized by MEDARC and SLMA on 27th August 2007 
  • Workshop on “ Community based medical education” conducted by MEDARC 0n 29th September 2008.
  • Workshop on “ Mentoring Junior staff” conducted by the Staff Development centre, University of Colombo on 10th January 2008.
  • Design and analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials and Endnote Soft ware organized by MEDARC and SLMA on 27th August 2007 
  • Workshop on interactive Learning material Development using Microsoft power point and articulate organized by the Virtual Learning Center Faculty of Medicine on 30th August 2007
  • Workshops on integration organized by MEDARC held on 2nd October and 19th November in the Faculty Board room.
  • Attended  a workshop through MEDARC on constructing ‘best response MCQs’ for the Faculty staff by Dr JC Mucklow, Associate Medical Director for specialist examinations of Royal college of Physicians UK, on 20th November 2007 during his visit to attend the Foundation sessions of SLMA
  • Integrating curriculum design, Teaching and assessments to improve learning. Staff training workshop for University academic staff conducted by Staff Development Center, University of Colombo on 27.7. 2007
  • Addressing problems/issues on student learning beyond a teaching course Staff training workshop for University academic staff conducted by Staff Development Center, University of Colombo on 24. 7. 2007
  • pre-congress workshop on Evidence Based drug information and communicating information at the 120th Annual academic sessions of the SLMA held from 21st –24th March 2007.  

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

NATIONAL 

Life Member of Ceylon College of Physicians since 2002

Life Member of the National Diabetes Association since 2005

Life Member of Sri Lanka Medical Association since 1997

Member of Physiology Society of Sri Lanka since 1997

Life member of Sri Lanka Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics since 2015 

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