The Department of Parasitology commenced its teaching activities in 1995 for the Faculty’s first batch of medical students. The department currently has staff strength of five academics, six non-academic staff members and three teaching assistants (demonstrators).
Parasitic diseases represent an important cause of human morbidity and mortality. Knowledge and skills in this area will enable medical graduates to practice medicine successfully and scientists to pursue a career in the discipline of Parasitology or health sciences.

 
Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes
 

The department participates in the following undergraduate degree programmes conducted by the faculty.

  • MBBS
  • B.Sc. (Human Biology) - General and Special
  • B.Sc. (Nursing)
  • B.Sc. (Medical Laboratory Sciences)
 
Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes
 

The Department of Parasitology is a recognized training and examination centre for the following postgraduate training programmes of Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo.

  • Diploma in Medical Microbiology
  • Diploma in Clinical Microbiology
  • MD in Medical Parasitology

We also provide training in diagnostic aspect to doctors from the Ministry of Health preparing for postgraduate examinations such as,

  • Qualifying Examination for MD in Paediatrics
  • Qualifying Examination for MD in Medicine
  • Qualifying Examination for Diploma in Paediatrics

We assist in assessments in

  • Diploma in Family Medicine
  • MD in Family Medicine
 
Teaching Activities
 

Lectures, practicals, small group discussions are conducted regularly by the academic staff members for all the above mentioned degree programmes.

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Facilities
 

The department is located on the second floor of the Anatomy building. It comprises a fully air-conditioned seminar room, which has the capacity to accommodate 40 students. Two laboratories are located within the Department. One, a student laboratory that can accommodate 80 students, is shared with the Department of Microbiology. The other is a research laboratory that is equipped with a range of facilities, including those for culturing of parasites and identification through serology.

 
Services to the Community
 

The Department provides free laboratory diagnosis of parasitic diseases to the following:

  • Colombo South Teaching Hospital
  • Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital
  • University Medical Centre
  • University Family Practice Centre
  • Cancer Institute - Maharagama

Grants

Prof. Renu Wickramasinghe

  1. Immunopathology of malaria - Funded by UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) 1994 USD 10,000.
  2. To assess the therapeutic efficacy of Anti-malarial drugs for uncomplicated Plasmodium vivax malaria in Sri Lanka - Funded by UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). 2002 Rs. 477,500.00.
  3. To assess the therapeutic efficacy of Chloroquine and SP for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Sri Lanka - Funded by UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). 2002 Rs. 680,200.00.
  4. Plasmodium vivax relapse pattern in Sri Lanka following a 5-day treatment with primaquine - Funded by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka 2004 Rs. 592,343.00.
  5. Comparison of the prevalence of Toxoplams gobdi, strongyloides stercoralis and cryptosporidium parvum infections in a selected group of immunocompramised patients with that the normal population. - Funded by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2006 Rs 357,707.40.
  6. Antibody testing in a sample clinically diagnosed and laboratory confirmed malaria patients to assess the accuracy of diagnosis - Funded by the Global Fund for the elimination of Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and GFATM 2010 Rs 400,715.00.
  7. Detection of Leishmania donovani in clinical samples using DNA based techniques in Sri Lanka. Funded by the National Research Council 2009 Rs. 2,964,800.00.
  8. Detection of Leishmania antigen in cutaneous leishmaniasis skin lesions using a rapid diagnostic test kit - Funded by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2014 Rs. 416,600.00.
  9. A sero-epidemiological study to provide supportive evidence to establish malaria elimination in Sri Lanka 2016 - funded by the National Research Council Sri Lanka Rs. 5,900,000.00.
  10. A sero-epidemiological study to provide supportive evidence to establish malaria elimination in Sri Lanka 2016 - Funded by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2017 Rs. 1,450,000.00.

Dr. Shalindra Ranasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura Grant

  • Prevalence of sand flies in and endemic focus for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka (2008-2011) National Research Council Grant.
  • Detection of Leishmania donovani in clinical samples using DNA based techniques in Sri Lanka (2010-2012).

Dr. Hasini Banneheke

University of Sri Jayewardenepura Grant

  • "Profile of micro organisms with special emphasis on trichomoniasis among patients presenting with leucorrhoea and vaginal discharge", University grants 2005, University of Sri Jayewardenepura - (ASP/06/RE/MED/2005/09)
  • "Performances at grade 5 scholarship examination and its correlates; IQ, child behaviour and home environment", University Grants 2011, University of Sri Jayewardenepura - (ASP/06/RE/MED/2011/14)
  • "Laboratory diagnosis of Cryptosporidiu.parvum and Giardia intestinalis among children under 12 years of age admitted to hospital with diarrhea", Medical research institute grants 2012