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As the Chairperson of the research committee, I am delighted and honoured to bring this message to the International Conference on Health Sciences 2019.

This year has been a significant year, as we the Faculty of Medical Sciences, have decided to hold this prestigious conference annually. With that growth, associated challenges tag along. So the 2019 Conference has been structured to address those challenges head-on. Our theme of "Steering Horizons; Aspiring Excellence" was created to leverage this amazing gathering of professionals to bridge the gaps in medicine and to connect the gaps in a new and fresh way. This conference will provide some valuable opportunities on top notch research and medicine, showcasing innovative research that are utilizing revolutionary technologies. With a record number of participants expected this year, I hope that these annual conferences will becoming larger and more substantial every year.

I hope that this conference will allow the participants a productive discourse not only in aspiring excellence in research, but also in managing healthcare. Some of the underlying issues in research and medicine will be covered in depth in our conference, by our key note and guest speakers. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to them.

As a conference chair, I know that the success of the conference depends ultimately on the many people who have worked with us, in planning and organizing the conference. I'm constantly amazed by the support given by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge and our Dean, Prof. Surangi Yasawardene, who have a very clear desire to upgrade research and medicine in the community in which we live in.

In particular, I thank the committee for their wise advice and brilliant suggestions on organizing the conference. All recognition should go to the committee members who have all worked extremely hard on the details of important aspects of the conference programs. A note of appreciation to the academia for their thorough and timely reviewing of the papers.

Most of all, I thank you, the presenters, for enriching the conferences by your presence. As is a tradition with the conferences, I hope you will enjoy the content, renew old fellowships, make new fellowships, get new ideas, and above all, have a great deliberation.

On behalf of the Conference Committee, we're looking forward to seeing you at Sri Jayewardenepura.


Prof. Shamini Prathapan,
Research Committee of the Faculty of Medical Sciences,
University of Sri Jayewardenepura.