CENTRE FOR CANCER RESEARCH

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

"Without Research We Are condemning Tomorrow's Generation to Today's Treatment"

 
INTRODUCTION

Center for cancer research was established in July 2015 under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge and Dean Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof. Surangi Yasawardene. The aim of this project was to initiate, facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research related to cancer by universities and multidisciplinary collaborative research centres that address themes of national importance.

The activities of the centre are mainly focused on the scientific community in Sri Lanka through provision of funds under the cancer research grant. By providing funds the centre will support numerous research, development & innovation activities/ programmes in all related fields of cancer with a view to enhance the outputs and outcomes which will ultimately benefit the Sri Lankan society. The scientists are encouraged to carry out quality research and innovations which will have a direct impact on the health care system of Sri Lanka.

 
VISION & MISSION

Vision

To promote high quality cancer research that will have a significant impact on the
prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer


Mission

To reach the highest standard of scientific research and to disseminate high
quality scientific information related to cancer.

 
OBJECTIVES
  1. Expand the methods of early diagnosis of cancer by developing effective screening tests
  2. Enhance promising research towards early stage disease
  3. Better understanding of the causative factors of cancer
  4. Promote research in molecular biology of cancer
  5. Prioritize the development of new biomarkers
  6. Facilitate a major shift in preventive methods of cancer
  7. Discover & develop new therapeutics for cancer
  8. Re-define the treatment options of cancer
  9. Encourage collaborative approaches in cancer research
  10. Develop the cancer research leaders of tomorrow
 
GRANTS

Research grants are awarded following the assessment of the scientific quality by rigorous, independent, expert peer review process. Centre for cancer research will continue to support projects that can make a difference in the fight against cancer.

In the year 2015 the following proposals were awarded research grants through the Centre for Cancer Research, USJP.

  1. Establishment of the immunohistochemistry laboratory
    Project co-ordinators – Dr. Bimalka Seneviratne, Dr. Isha Prematillake, Dr. Udani Kiriwandeniya

    Budget – Rs.600,000/=
     
  2. Role of HBME - 1 and Cytokeratin 19 in the histological diagnostic approach of papillary carcinoma of thyroid
    Bimalka Seneviratne1, Subodha Jayathilake2
    1Senior Lecturer/Consultant Pathologist, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    2Senior Medical Laboratory Technician, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

    Budget – Rs. 500,000/=
     
  3. Project on determining the efficacy of Gedunin and other plant extracts on cytotoxicity on acute leukaemia cell lines
    Dr. Sameera Samarakoon: IBBM, University of Colombo, Dr. Neelika Malavige: University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Dr. Dulhari Wijeratne
    Budget – 1,100,000/=
     
  4. Prevalence of incidental carcinoma of the prostate in cadaveric prostates in a tertiary care centre in Sri Lanka
    Dr. Isha Prematilleke1, Dr. Sanjaya Hulathduwa2, Dr. T.N.R. De Mel2, Mrs. W.J.M. Fernando1, Mrs. M.D.S.S. Jayathilake1.
    1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    2Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

    Budget – Rs. 500,000/=
     
  5. Derangement of coagulation parameters in malignancy as a prediction of bleeding
    Dr. D. Gunawardena, Dr. C. Kulathilake, Dr. B. Fernandopulle, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Budget – Rs. 513,824/=
     
  6. D dimer levels – an independent prognostic marker for overall survival in patients with solid and haematological malignancies
    Dr. B. Fernandopulle, Dr. D. Gunawardena, Dr. C. Kulathilake, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Budget – Rs. 518,000/=
     
  7. High Factor VIII levels - an independent marker for venous thromboembolism in patients with solid and hematological malignancies
    Dr. C. Kulathilake, Dr. D. Gunawardena, Dr. B. Fernandopulle, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Budget – Rs. 498,000/=
 
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL

Patron

     
       

Prof. Sampath Amaratunga
Vice Chancellor
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Prof. Surangi G. Yasawardena
Dean
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

       

Acting Director

     
       
Dr. Bimalka Seneviratne
Senior Lecturer / Consultant Pathologist
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
   
       

Members

     
       
Prof. Pathmalal Manage
Director / Research Centres
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. Lalitha Fernando
Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
       
Dr. Theshini Perera
Senior Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Applied Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. Pradeepa Jayawardene
Chairperson / Research Committee
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
       
Prof. Hemantha Peiris
Centre for Kidney Research
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Prof. Neelika Malavige
Centre for Dengue Research
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
       
Dr. Rasika Perera
Center for Kidney Research
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Miss. Nadeeka Ranasinghe
Co-opted Member
Faculty of Medical Sciences
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
 
INQUIRIES

Dr. Bimalka Seneviratne
Acting Director /Centre for Cancer Research

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