prof-surangi g. yasawardene

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS


 

Prof.  Surangi G. Yasawardene

Prof. Surangi G. Yasawardene MBBS, PhD

Dean and Senior Professor of Anatomy
Department of Anatomy

Telephone - Office : +94 11 2881500 Ext: 1240     
E-mail : deanfms@sjp.ac.lk, surangiy@hotmail.com


 

PRESENT RESEARCH INTERESTS


Currently working on the immunogenicity of recombinant Gram Positive bacteria for mucosal immunisation using malaria merozoite proteins as model antigens. Both intra-nasal and oral immunisation procedures are being studied.

Investigating the Effect of age of mice on the systemic immune response to oro-nasal immunizations with Plasmodium falciparum antigen 2 expressed on cell walls of Lactococcus lactis and investigating the gross anatomical, histological and pathological changes in mucosal associated lymphoid tissue.

Normal morphological and morphometric studies of mitral and aortic valve in a Sri Lankan population.

Incidence of Antisperm Antibodies (ASA) and its association to subfertility in couples undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technologies at a selected centre.

An anatomical study of human skeletal remains from the excavation site in Bellanbadipalassa in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka.

Micro array gene expression and grey matter changes in treatment - naïve schizophrenia patients in Sri Lanka. This study is carried out in collaboration with University of Newcastle, Australia.

Conventional osteology, anthropology and mitochondrial DNA polymorphism of prehistoric human skeletal remains excavated from Pothana and Cobra hood cave, Sigiriya and present primitive groups in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.

Localization of cholinergic nerves and their cognate receptors in tissues of the immune system.

Anatomical location of parathyroid glands in Sri Lankans and distribution of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs) in normal and diseased thyroid tissue.

Normal morphology and morphometry of the prostate gland and study of benign prostatic hyperplasia: proportion, treatment modalities and outcomes at selected tertiary care centres and private hospitals in Western Province, Sri Lanka.

 

 

SPECIAL AWARDS


  1. The President’s Research Bonus - 1999 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  2. The President’s Research Bonus - 2001 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  3. The President’s Research Bonus - 2003 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  4. The President’s Research Bonus - 2006 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  5. The President’s Research Bonus - 2013 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  6. The President’s Research Bonus - 2016 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka.
  7. AMBO Fellowship from Asian Molecular Biology Organization, Japan for International Training Course on "Molecular Microbiology in Genome and Post-Genome Era" March 21-30, 2000 held at Research Institute for Microbial Diseases and Genome information Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan.
  8. JICA Training Award of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Third Country Training Programme International Seminar on Biotechnological Techniques in Tropical Medicine, 14 August - 02 September 2000 held at Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  9. WHO Fellowship from World Health Organization for Advanced WHO Course on Immunology, Vaccinology and Biotechnology Applied to Infectious Diseases, Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 September - 23 October, Annecy, France, 23 to 27 October 2000.
  10. UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and training in Tropical Diseases Training Award for 2nd Training Course on Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics Applied to Insect Vector of Human Diseases, September 19-30. 2005 held at Centre for Bioinformatics and Applied Genomics (CBAG) and Centre for Vector-Borne Diseases (CVVD), Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  11. World Bank funded Fellowship through Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education (IRQUE)/QEF to visit Universiti Sains Malayasia and University of Malaya, Malayasia for inspection and familiarization of Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum and Information Technology Development Activities in Medical Teaching/Learning, March 12-26, 2006.
  12. WHO Fellowship from World Health Organization for Advanced WHO/TDR Refresher Course on Immunology, Vaccinology and Biotechnology Applied to Infectious Diseases, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 November - 13 December 2006.
  13. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Award to attend Keystone Symposia 2008 - E3: Malaria: Immunology, Pathogenesis and Vaccine Perspectives, June 8-13. 2008 held at the Alpbach Congress Centrum, Alpach, Austria.
  14. Paul Ehrlich Foundation Fellowship to attend Ehrlich II - 2nd World Conference on Magic Bullets Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize Award to Paul Ehrlich, 3-5 October 2008 held at Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Nurnberg, Germany.
  15. Gordon Research Fellowship to attend Gordon Research Conference on Malaria, Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom, 6 - 11 September 2009.
  16. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award to attend Keystone Symposia 2011 - X5: Mucosal Biology: A Fine Balance between Tolerance and Immunity, February27- March 3 2011 held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada.
  17. Poster titled "Distribution of functional acetylcholine receptors in human and murine immune tissues - a comparative study" authored by M. Thayabaran and S.G. Yasawardene was adjudged the Best Poster at the Fifth Annual Scientific Sessions of the Association of Srilankan Neurologists, 2-4 Dec. 2011.
  18. University of Sri Jayewardenepura Fellowship to attend the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers - 18CCEM Post-Secondary and Higher Education Leaders’ Forum - Meeting the Demands for Post-Secondary Education: Practical Solutions to Difficult Questions, August 27-30, 2012 held at University of Mauritius, Mauritius.
  19. Poster titled "Autonomic innervation and distribution of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in lymphoid tissues - An immunohistochemical study" authored by Thayabaran M and Yasawardene SG was adjudged the Best Poster at the 3rd Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP-3), November 7-10, 2012 held in Sri Lanka.
  20. National Science Foundation Travel Award to attend XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine & Malaria and XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, 23-27 September 2012 held at the Royal Tulip Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  21. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award to attend Keystone Symposia 2012 - S3: Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination, December 13-18, 2012 held at the Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  22. Gordon Research Fellowship to attend Gordon Research Conference on tropical Infectious Diseases, Galveston, Texas, USA, 10 - 15 February 2013.
  23. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award to attend Keystone Symposia 2014 - F1: The Science of Malaria Eradication, February 2-7, 2014 held at the Fiesta Americana, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

 

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS


  1. Ramasamy R, Yasawardene SG, Kanagaratnam R, Buratti E, Baralle FE, Ramasamy MS. Mammalian cell expression of malaria merozoite surfaca proteins and experimental DNA and RNA immunisation. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1999;1453:1-13.
  2. Ramasamy R, Yasawardene SG, Kanagaratnam R, Buratti E, Baralle FE, Ramasamy MS. Antibodies to a merozoite surface protein promote multiple invasion of red blood cells by malaria parasites. Parasite Immunology 1999;21:397-407.
  3. Yasawardene SG 1999. Immunisation with genetically engineered immunogens from merozoite surface antigens of Plasmodium falciparum and the effects of antibodies on red cell invasion. Ph.D dissertation. University of Colombo.
  4. Ranjan Ramasamy, Manthri Ramasamy and Surangi Yasawardene. Antibodies and Plasmodium falciparum merozoites. Trends in Parasitology 2001;17(4):194-197.
  5. Ramasamy R, Yasawardene SG, Ramasamy MS, Kok J and Leenhouts K. Rabbit antibody response to Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. Immunology 2001; 104 (Supplement 1) 36.
  6. Ramasamy R, Yasawardene S, Kanagaratnam R and Ramasamy MS. Immune evasion by merozoites : A conundrum for malaria vaccine development against asexual blood stages. In : Malaria in Sri Lanka - Current knowledge on transmission and control 2002 : pp43
  7. Yasawardene SG, Lomonossoff GP and Ramasamy R. Expression and immunogenicity of malaria merozoite peptides displayed on the small coat protein of cowpea mosaic virus. Indian Journal of Medical Research 2003;118:115-124.
  8. Ramasamy R, Moorthy G and Yasawardene SG. Antibody responses and gut-associated changes in mice of different ages oronasally immunised with recombinant Lactococcus lactis. Immunology 2005; 116 Supplement 1, 109.
  9. Ramasamy R, Yasawardene SG, Zomer A, Venema G, Kok J and Leenhouts K. Immunogenicity of a malaria parasite antigen displayed by Lactococcus lactis in oral immunisations. Vaccine 2006; 24: 3900-3908.
  10. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM and Adikari G. Comparison of stature of Bellanbandi Palassa man with historic, vadda and present population. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka 2008; LIV: 43-52.
  11. Moorthy SAV, Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Age-dependent systemic antibody responses and immunization-associated changes in mice orally and nasally immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. Vaccine 2009; 27: 4947-4952.
  12. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM and Adikari G. Human fossils found at Bellanbandi Palassa prehistoric site (In sinhala). In : Introduction to Anthropology 2009 : pp 151-161. Godage and Brothers, Colombo.
  13. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM and Adikari G. Revisiting Bellanbandi Palassa Mesolithic heritage site in Sri Lanka - Reconstruction of stature from fragmented skeletal remains. Spolia Zeylanica 2008; 45: 27-35.
  14. Pathmalal MM, Yasawardene SG, Wedage WS  Hepatotoxic Effects of Microcystis aeruginosa (PCC 7820) on Wister Rats. Joint Golden Jubilee Issue of Vidyodaya - Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Journal of Management & Commerce and Journal of Science Special Volume 2009:pp 53-68
  15. Varuni Tennakoon, Surangi G. Yasawardene and Deepal S. Weerasekera. Antisperm antibodies: Incidence, isotypes and location on spermatozoa, their implications on fertilization and on pregnancy rate at a selected centre in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010; 32: 8-16.
  16. Varuni Tennakoon, Deepal S. Weerasekera and Surangi G. Yasawardene. Successful pregnancy outcomes following in-vitro fertilization in infertile couples with high levels of antisperm antibodies. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010; 32: 47-48.
  17. Varuni Tennakoon, Deepal S. Weerasekera and Surangi G. Yasawardene. Possible risk factors for the formation of Antisperm antibodies in a subfertile population. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011; 33: 12-19
  18. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Morphological and morphometric analysis of prehistoric human skeletal remains excavated from Sigiriya Potana in Sri Lanka. Archaeologea 2011; 01:32-34.
  19. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. and Namalgamuwa H. Determination of age, sex and stature of the prehistoric human skeleton displayed in pre and protohistoric gallery at Colombo National Museum, Sri Lanka. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (Submitted)
  20. Udhayakumar S and Yasawardene S. A preliminary study on Anatomy of the Main trunk of Left Coronary Artery in Sri Lankans. Proceedings of Jaffna University International Research Conference (JUICE) 2012 pp129-135.
  21. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G, Boyd WE and Pathmalal MM. Re-visiting the Bellan-bandi Palassa human remains of the Mesolithic period, Sri Lanka. Man and Environment, Journal of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quarternary Studies 2012 (July-December); XXXVII:02:7-17.
  22. Kumarasinghe N, Beveridge NJ, Gardiner E, Scott RJ, Yasawardene S, Perera A, Mendis J, Suriyakumara K, Schall U, Tooney PA. Gene expression profiling in treatment-naïve schizophrenia patients identifies abnormalities in biological pathways involving AKT1 that are corrected by antipsychotic medication. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2013;Feb 27:1-21 [PubMed]
  23. Thisara Weerasuriya, Surangi Yasawardene and Narendra Pinto. Proximal Extension of the Flexor Retinaculum: A Cadaveric Study. Advances in Medicine and Biology, Volume 64 [Leon V. Bernhardt; Nova Pub;Jun 2013] (pp267-274)(Chapter 10)
  24. Thisara Weerasuriya, Francis Chan, Surangi Yasawardene and Narendra Pinto. Preference of Medical Students of Formaldehyde Preserved Cadaveric Dissection Versus Pre-Dissected Specimens as a Teaching Tool in Human Anatomy. Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 460465, JMED Research.

 

 

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS OF ORAL AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS


  1. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Synthesis of a malaria merozoite surface protein in mammalian cells and experimental nucleic acid immunisation. Sri Lanka Medical Association 112th Anniversary Academic Sessions, 24 - 28 March 1999.
  2. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R, Multiple invasion of erythrocytes and immune evasion by malaria parasites. Sri Lanka Medical Association 112th Anniversary Academic Sessions, 24 -28 March 1999.
  3. Yasawardene SG, Wijeratne TK and Yasawardene S. Relationship between the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the inferior thyroid artery in Sri Lankans. Proc. of 56th Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 27 Nov - 01 Dec, 2000.
  4. Yasawardene SG. Expression of a malaria merozoite peptide displayed on the small coat protein of chimaeric cowpea mosaic virus. Sri Lanka Medical Association 115th Anniversary Academic Sessions, 24 - 28 March 2002.
  5. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R, Malaria merozoite surface peptides expressed on the small coat protein of chimaeric cowpea mosaic virus. Proc. of 58th Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 02 - 07 Dec, 2002.
  6. Kulasekera SI, Perera NRP, Seneviratne LN and Yasawardene SG, Students’ views on computer assisted teaching in gross Anatomy and cadaver dissections. 6th International Medical Congress 13 - 15 Dec, 2002.
  7. Perera NRP, Seneviratne LN, Kulasekera SI and Yasawardene SG, Anatomical variations in Bronchial tree of Sri Lankans: an aid to bronchoscopy. Sri Lanka Medical Association 116th Anniversary academic Sessions, 26-29 March, 2003.
  8. Waidyasekera PGK and Yasawardene SG, Occurrence of variations of prominences of the bony palate in Sri Lankan adult skulls. 17th Annual Academic Congress and 1st Japan Sri Lanka Bilateral Dental Congress. 09-10 Aug, 2003.
  9. Seneviratne LN, Yasawardene SG, Perera NRP and Kulasekera SI, Topographic Anatomy of the lateral wall of the nasal cavity: A guide for endoscopic sinus surgery. The Aannual Sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and the International Conference of the SAARC Surgical Care Society, 13-17 Aug, 2003.
  10. Yasawardene SG, Leenhouts K and Ramasamy R Rabbit antibody response to mucosal immunization with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. 12th International Congress of Immunology. 18-23 July 2004, Montreal , Canada.
  11. Kulasekera YN, Yasawardene SG, Arambage KS and Waidyasekera PGK. Morphological studies on the renal papillae of the kidney in Sri Lankan adults. The Annual Sessions of The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, 17-19 Aug, 2004.
  12. Yasawardene SG and Waidyasekera PGK An analysis of the variations in position and number of greater and lesser palatine foramina in Sri Lankan human skulls. 60th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 17-22 -Dec. 2004
  13. Yasawardene SG, Amerasinghe SD and Jayathilaka MHA. Variations of obturator vessels in Sri Lankan adults. The Annual Sessions of The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, 2-5 Aug, 2006.
  14. Somasundaram M, Yasawardene SG and Adhikari G. Estimation and comparative analysis of stature calculated from long bones of prehistoric, historic and vedda population with modern present population. Annual Research Sessions, Eastern University, 24-25 Aug, 2006
  15. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Metrical variations of mandibles in prehistoric, vedda, historic to recent modern population. Pandit G.P.Wickramarachchi Memorial Research Symposium - 29th Sep.2006
  16. Moorthy G., Yasawardene SG. and Ramasamy R. Antibody responses and gut-associated changes in mice of different ages oronasally immunised with recombinant Lactococcus lactis. 16th European Congress of Immunology. 6-9 September 2006, Paris, France
  17. Yasawardene SG., Samaranayake S., Moorthy G. and Ramasamy R. Effect of age of mice on the systemic immune response to oro-nasal immunization with Plasmodium falciparum surface antigen 2 expressed on cell walls of Lactococcus lactis. Australasian Society of Immunology Conference 3rd-7th December 2006, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  18. Manjula SMP, Yasawardene SG, Abesekera AMWC. Unusual formation of median nerve and absent musculocutaneous nerve 5th Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18-19 Jan. 2007
  19. Bandusena MM, Yasawardene SG, Liyanage WDSNW. Students Perceptions of Teaching / Learning and assessment of anatomy 5th Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18-19 Jan. 2007
  20. Dissanayake S, Yasawardene SG, Welgama DC. Variant axillary brachial arterial system 5th Annual Academic Sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18-19 Jan. 2007
  21. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Metrical variations of mandibles in prehistoric, vedda, historic to recent modern population. National Archaeological Symposium, Department of Archaeology, 5-6 July 2007
  22. Tennakoon V, Weerasekera DS, Yasawardene SG, Ralapanawe MSB. Successful pregnancy following intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and embryo transfer in a female with high antisperm antibody (ASA) levels. 40th Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 3-4 Nov 2007.
  23. Tennakoon V, Weerasekera DS, Yasawardene SG. Effect of antisperm antibodies on fertilization and cleavage rates in subfertile couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization. 40th Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 3-4 Nov 2007.
  24. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM, Adikari G. Reconstruction of stature from fragmented skeletal remains of a prehistoric population in Bellanbandi Palassa in Sabaragamuva Province. 63rd Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5-8 Dec. 2007.
  25. Tennakoon V, Yasawardene SG. Incidence of Antisperm Antibodies (ASA) in male and female subjects undergoing subfertility treatment at a selected centre. 63rd Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5-8 Dec. 2007.
  26. Yasawardene SG, Leenhouts K, Ramasamy MS, Ramasamy R. Systemic immune response of rabbits to mucosal immunization with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. IX International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases, 15-17 Feb. 2008, Puri, Orissa, India.
  27. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM, Adikari G. Comparison of stature of Bellanbandi Palassa man with historic, vadda and present population. Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka 2nd Research Conference, 28-29 March 2008.
  28. Ramasamy R, Moorthy SAV and Yasawardene SG. Age variation in antibody responses and immunization-associated changes in mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria protein. Keystone Symposia 2008 - E3: Malaria: Immunology, Pathogenesis and Vaccine Perspectives, 8-13 June 2008 Alpach, Austria.
  29. Tennakoon V, Weerasekera DS and Yasawardenen SG. Detection of Antisperm antibodies, pattern of distribution on spermatozoa and its implications on assisted reproductive technologies. 41st Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists In association with Asia - Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and supported by Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists 27-29 June 2008.
  30. Tennakoon V, Weerasekera DS and Yasawardenen SG. Descriptive analyses of Antisperm antibodies (ASA) in a subfertile population. 41st Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists In association with Asia - Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and supported by Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists 27-29 June 2008.
  31. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM, Adikari G. Balangoda man: reconstructed from fossils of Bellanbandi Palassa, a Mesolithic heritage site in Sri Lanka. International Conference on Social Sciences Sri Lanka, 18-20 July 2008.
  32. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Immunogenicity of mucosally delivered Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria protein in rabbits. Ehrlich II - 2nd World Conference on Magic BulletsCelebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize Award to Paul Ehrlich, 3-5 October 2008 Nurnberg, Germany.
  33. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Yasawardene SG, Pathmalal MM, Adikari G. Reanalysis of the Minimum Number of Individuals at Bellanbandi Palassa prehistoric site using skeletal remains. 64th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 1-6 Dec. 2008.
  34. Tennakoon V, Yasawardenen SG and Weerasekera DS. The influence of Antisperm antibodies (ASA) on embryo cleavage and pregnancy rate in subfertile couples undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Sri Lanka Medical Association 122th Anniversary academic Sessions, March, 2009.
  35. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Analysis of the mandibular molar dental measurements of skeletal remains of prehistoric and recent human populations in Sri Lanka. Pandit G.P.Wickramarachchi Memorial Research Symposium - 03rd April 2009.
  36. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Effect of age of mice on the systemic immune response to oronasal immunization with malaria proteins expressed on Lactococcus lactis. Gordon Research Conference on Malaria, Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom, 6 - 11 September 2009.
  37. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Age variation in antibody responses and histopathological changes in mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. X International Symposium on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases, 4-6 November 2009, Goa, India.
  38. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Determination of sex, age and stature of prehistoric human skeletal remains excavated from Sigiriya Potana in Sri Lanka. 65th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 7-12 Dec. 2009.
  39. Kanthilatha WSPYN, Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. Comparison of reconstructed stature of prehistoric populations in Bellanbandi Palassa and Sigiriya-Potana in Sri Lanka. 50th Anniversary Academic Conference, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 10-12 December 2009
  40. Yasawardene SG and Ekanayake S. Improvement in computer based active self-learning among medical undergraduates before and after the establishment of a computer laboratory. 7th Asia Pacfic Medical Education Conference, 4-8 February 2010, National University of Singapore, Singapore. (Accepted for presentation)
  41. Yasawardene SG, Gunawardene MBP and Gunasoma LPAI. Views of medical graduates of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka regarding methods, relevance and depth of teaching / learning of Anatomy. 7th Asia Pacfic Medical Education Conference, 4-8 February 2010, National University of Singapore, Singapore. (Accepted for presentation)
  42. Tennakoon V, Yasawardenen SG and Weerasekera DS. Effects of antisperm antibodies on fertilization, cleavage and pregnancy rate in infertile couples undergoing In-vitro Fertilization at a selected centre in Sri Lanka. The Third World Congress on Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction, Yokohama, Japan, 30-31 July 2010.
  43. Tennakoon V, Yasawardenen SG and Weerasekera DS. Effects of immunoglobulin isotype and sperm surface location of antisperm antibodies on fertilization, cleavage and pregnancy rate in human - A Sri Lankan study. The Third World Congress on Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction, Yokohama, Japan, 30-31 July 2010.
  44. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Gut associated faecal antibody response to oral and nasal immunizations with malaria parasite proteins expressed on Lactococcus lactis expressing in rabbits. 14th International Congress of Immunology, Kobe, Japan, 22-27 August 2010. International Immunology Meeting Abstracts (2010) 22 (Suppl I Pt 1) i25-i35
  45. Kumarasinghe N, Schall U, Beveridge N, Gardiner E, Perera A, Mendis J, Yasawardene S and Tooney P. Gene expression analysis of treatment naïve schizophrenia patients. Australian Schizophrenia Conference, Sydney, Australia, 22-24 September 2010.
  46. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Mucosal delivery of Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria protein and its immunogenicity in rabbits and mice. Keystone Symposia 2011 - X5: Mucosal Biology: A Fine Balance between Tolerance and Immunity, February27- March 3 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
  47. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG, Adikari G. and Namalgamuwa H. Determination of age, sex and stature of the prehistoric human skeleton displayed in pre and protohistoric gallery at Colombo National Museum, Sri Lanka. 4th Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 25-26 March 2011.
  48. Tennakoon V, Yasawardenen SG and Weerasekera DS. Screening for antisperm antibodies in subfertile couples - what is the best sample to check? 8th South Asia Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Sessions, 23-26 April, 2011, Sri Lanka.
  49. Thayabaran M, Yasawardenen SG and Dilrukshi KPP. Immunohistochemical localization of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the lymphoid tissues - An animal study Sri Lanka Medical Association 124th Anniversary academic Sessions, June, 2011.
  50. Chandimal KM, Illeperuma RJ and Yasawardene SG. Extraction and analysis of aDNA from human skeletal remains from Sri Lanka 12th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya. 3-4 Nov. 2011.
  51. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. The Distribution of ABO and Rhesus (Rh) blood groups in purana inhabitants at the foot of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 12th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya. 3-4 Nov. 2011.
  52. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. The Distribution of ABO and The Dental analysis of prehistoric skeletal remains of Pothana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. 12th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya. 3-4 Nov. 2011.
  53. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Immunohistochemical localization of alpha 1 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the lymphoid tissues of humans. 12th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya. 3-4 Nov. 2011.
  54. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Expression of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in human lymphoid tissues. 24th Annual Scientific sessions of the Physiological Society of Sri Lanka. 18 Nov. 2011.
  55. Tennakoon V, Yasawardenen SG and Weerasekera DS. Functional effects of antisperm antibodies (ASA) on fertilization and cleavage of embryo 24th Annual Scientific sessions of the Physiological Society of Sri Lanka. 18 Nov. 2011.
  56. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Distribution of alpha1 subunits of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in lymphoid tissues of Balb/C mice and humans - a comparative study 67th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5-9 Dec. 2011.
  57. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. Morphometric and morphological analysis of prehistoric skeletal remains excavated from Pothana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 67th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5-9 Dec. 2011.
  58. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Distribution of functional acetylcholine receptors in human and murine immune tissues - a comparative study. 5th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Association of Srilankan Neurologists. 2-4 Dec. 2011.
  59. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. Variations of stature from prehistoric to present purana inhabitants in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. 5th Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 30-31 March 2012.
  60. Udhayakumar S and Yasawardene SG. Morphological variations of the papillary muscles of mitral valve in normal human hearts Nineteenth Annual Session of the Jaffna Science Association, Jaffna. 4-9 April. 2012.
  61. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Localization of the neural profiles of human lymphoid tissues - An immuhistochemical study. Fifth Annual Scientific Sessions, Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 27 April 2012.
  62. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Illeperuma RJ. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA recovered from old human bones in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Association 125th Anniversary academic Sessions, 2-6 June, 2012. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2012; 57 Supplement 1, 91.
  63. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Innervation and the distribution of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in human lymphoid tissue. Sri Lanka Medical Association 125th Anniversary academic Sessions, 2-6 June, 2012. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2012; 57 Supplement 1, 105.
  64. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. The Morphometrical and morphological analysis of prehistoric skeletal remains in Pothana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka Archaeology Symposium, 9-10 July 2012.
  65. Sivananthini Udhayakumar and Yasawardene SG. A preliminary study on anatomy of the main trunk of left coronary artery in Sri Lankans. Jaffna University International Research Conference, University of Jaffna. 20 July 2012
  66. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Neuronal control of turpentine induced localized inflammation through functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors - mice study. Annual Scientific Sessions of Batticaloa Medical Association. 3-5 August 2012.
  67. Shiyanth S, Chandrasekera S, Dissanayake PH and Yasawardene SG. Ultrasonographic morphometrical measurements of normal prostate gland - A preliminary study. The 41st Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka jointly held with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburge. 15-18 August. 2012.
  68. Shiyanth S, Chandrasekera S, Senaratna BCV, Dissanayake PH and Yasawardene SG. Psychometric validation of Sinhala version of the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS SI) for Benign Prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The 41st Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka jointly held with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburge. 15-18 August. 2012.
  69. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Faecal antibody response, age related immunogenicity and microscopic cellular changes in immune tissues of mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine & Malaria and XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, 23-27 September 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  70. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Adikari G. Facial (Prosopic) Index in Purana Inhabitants at the Foot of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Annual Research Symposium 2012, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  71. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Distribution of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the sites of turpentine induced inflammation - mice study. 3rd Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists, 7-10 Nov. 2012.
  72. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Autonomic innervation and distribution of functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in lymphoid tissues - An immunohistochemical study 3rd Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists, 7-10 Nov. 2012.
  73. Shiyanth S, Chandrasekera S, Dissanayake PH and Yasawardene SG. Morphometrical variation of prostate gland in patients without lower urinary tract symptoms - An ultrasonographic study. 3rd Biennial Conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists, 7-10 Nov. 2012.
  74. Thayabaran M and Yasawardene SG. Immunohistochemical localization of Vesicular Acetylcholine Transporters and the Choline acetyl transferase enzyme activity in lymphoid tissues of Wistar rats and Balb/C mice. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 6-7 Dec. 2012.
  75. Edirisinghe EAST and Yasawardene SG. Students views on learning anatomy: cadaveric dissections and computer assisted learning. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 6-7 Dec. 2012.
  76. Shiyanth S, Dissanayake PH, Chandrasekera S and Yasawardene SG. An evidence of variation of Prostate and Urinary bladder morphometrical measurements of Sri Lankans from standard Western values. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 6-7 Dec. 2012.
  77. Edirisinghe EAST and Yasawardene SG. Emotional feelings experienced by medical students at cadaver dissections. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 6-7 Dec. 2012.
  78. Udhayakumar S and Yasawardene SG. An autopsy study on aortic annular measurements at the sinutubular junction in adult Sri Lankans. 68th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 10-12 Dec. 2012.
  79. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Illeperuma RJ. Extraction and analysis of ancient DNA from human remains from the Polonnaruwa historic site in Sri Lanka. 68th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 10-12 Dec. 2012.
  80. Thayabaran M, and Yasawardenen SG. Anatomical evidence of cholinergic neuroimmune interactions in lymphoid tissues - an immunohistochemical study. 68th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 10-12 Dec. 2012.
  81. Shiyanth S, Chandrasekera S, Senaratna BCV, Dissanayake PH and Yasawardene SG. Linguistic translation and validation of Sinhala version of International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS Si): Evidence of equality to original American English version. 68th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 10-12 Dec. 2012.
  82. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Systemic antibody response in different ages and microscopy of immune tissues in mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria protein. Keystone Symposia 2012 -Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination, December 13 -18, Ottawa, Canada.
  83. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Faecal antibody response, age variation in antibody responses and histopathological changes in mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. Gordon Research Conference on tropical Infectious Diseases, Galveston, Texas, USA, 10 - 15 February 2013.
  84. Edirisinghe EAST and Yasawardene SG. Students views on learning anatomy: using cadaveric dissections and computer assisted learning. Sri Lanka Medical Association 126th Anniversary academic Sessions, 9-13 July 2013. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2013; 57 Supplement 1, 105.
  85. Edirisinghe EAST and Yasawardene SG. Emotional reactions of medical students to cadaver dissections. Sri Lanka Medical Association 126th Anniversary academic Sessions, 9-13 July 2013. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2013; 57 Supplement 1, 105.
  86. Romini Niranjan, Sivananthini Uthayakumar and Surangi G. Yasawardene. Branching pattern of Inferior thyroid artery and its relationship to the recurrent laryngeal nerve in Sri Lankans. 1st Ruhunu International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON) 2014, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanks, January 22-23, 2014.
  87. Yasawardene SG and Ramasamy R. Gut associated and systemic antibody response, age variation in antibody responses and histopathological changes in mice immunized with Lactococcus lactis expressing a malaria parasite protein. Keystone Symposia 2014 - F1: The Science of Malaria Eradication, February 2-7, 2014, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
  88. Chandimal KM, Yasawardene SG and Illeperuma RJ. Ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis of 4,500 year old human skeleton found in Sri Lanka. 5th International Congress of Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA) 2014, February 14-18, 2014, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
  89. Edirisinghe EAST and Yasawardene SG. Knowledge of basic Anatomy among Medical Officers Sri Lanka Medical Association 127th Anniversary academic Sessions, July 2014. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2014; 57 Supplement 1, 105. Anatomical location of parathyroid glands in relation to the cricoid cartilage and tracheal rings.

 

 

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION


  1. Dr. Sivananthini Uthayakumar - "Normal morphological and morphometric studies of mitral and aortic valve in a Sri Lankan population". M.Phil Degree awarded by Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, January 2007.
  2. Ms. W.S.P.Y. Nelum Kanthilata - "An anatomical study of human skeletal remains from the excavation site in Bellanbadipalassa in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka". M.Phil Degree awarded by Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, January 2009.
  3. Dr. V. Tennakoon - "Incidence of Antisperm Antibodies (ASA) and its association to subfertility in couples undergoing Assisted Reoroductive Technologies at a selected centre". M.Phil Degree awarded by Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, January 2011.
  4. Mr. K.M. Chandimal - "The conventional osteology, anthropology and mitochondrial DNA polymorphism of prehistoric human skeletal remains of Potana & Cobrahood cave, Sigiriya and present primitive groups in Sigiriya region, Sri Lanka". Ph.D Degree awarded by Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, November 2013.
  5. Ms. M. Thayabaran - "Identification and localization of cholinergic nerve endings and acetylcholine receptors in tissues of the immune system - an animal and post-mortem human study". Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura for the award of PhD degree on 23rd May 2013.
  6. Dr. K.M.N. Kumarasinghe - "Micro array gene expression and grey matter changes in treatment -naïve schizophrenia patients in Sri Lanka". Registered for a split Ph.D degree programme, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Australia effective from October 2006. I am one of the local supervisors.
  7. Dr. S. Shiyanth - "Normal morphology and morphometry of the prostate gland and study of benign prostatic hyperplasia: proportion, treatment modalities and outcomes at selected tertiary care centres and private hospitals in Western Province, Sri Lanka" Registered for a M. Phil degree, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura effective from 01st January 2012.
  8. Dr. R. Niranjan - "Anatomical location of parathyroid glands in Sri Lankans and distribution of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs) in normal and diseased thyroid tissue" Registered for a M. Phil degree, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura effective from 01st September 2012.

 

 

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS


  1. Member of the editorial board of the journal-The Sciences-Asian network for Scientific Information, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Since 2002.
  2. Research News Letter, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura Since 2006
  3. Member of the Editorial Board of the journal - Animal Science Journal - Innovative Scientific Information & Services network, Faisalabad, Pakistan Since 2008
  4. Member of the Editorial Board of the journal - Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Sri Lanka - Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. From inception in 2014.

 

 

NATIONAL POLICY DOCUMENTS / NATIONAL COMMITTEES


I as a member of the Biotechnology Committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF) took a main role in preparation and writing the monograph titled "Towards Promoting the Development of Biotechnology Industries in Sri Lanka" which was published by National Science Foundation in 2004 and presented to the Minister of Science & Technology.

Sirimali Fernando, Priyanie Amerasinghe, Kumudu Fernando, Kshanika Hirimburegama, Athula Perera, Ranjan Ramasamy, G.S. Widanapathirana and Surangi Yasawardene

As a member of the National Biotechnology Committee took a main role in drafting the "National Biotechnology Policy" in 2007. which was circulated to all the research institutes, universities, relevant Ministries, Non Governmental Organizations and was published on the web site of National Science Foundation requesting comments before seeking cabinet approval.

As a member of the National Biotechnology Committee took a main role in drafting the "National State-of-the-Art Report" in 2009 which was submitted to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat.

 

Seminars / Symposia & Courses (Speaker/Resource Person)

  1. "Experimental Nucleic Acid Immunization in Malaria" - Research Colloquium held at Institute of Fundamental Studies on 7th October 1998.
  2. "GMO/GMF and vaccines" - Awareness Workshop on Genetically Modified Organisms / Genetically Modified Foods and Biosafety for Scientists conducted by National Biosafety Framework Development Project and National Science Foundation on 2nd December 2003
  3. "Genetics and Anatomy related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology" - MD(Gyn. & Obs.) Part II training programme held at Colombo South Teaching Hospital on 19th October 2004.
  4. "Prenatal Diagnosis" - Seminar on Role of Health Care Providers from Different Specialties Towards Better Perinatal Health conducted by Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka on 25th October 2004
  5. "Current Status and Opportunities for Medical & Animal Biotechnology in Sri Lanka" - Biotechnology Information Network for Asia (BINASIA) - Sri Lanka National Workshop held on 6th-7th April 2005 in Sri Lanka
  6. "Proposal Writing" - Workshop on Proposal Writing in Biotechnology conducted by Working Committee on Biotechnology of the National Science Foundation held on 15th August 2005.
  7. "Utilization of Information Technology Laboratory in the Reproductive Module" - Workshop on Phase I Module Development of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 28th April 2006
  8. "Reproductive System Module" - Workshop on Finalizing Phase I Modules held on 29th - 30th June 2006
  9. "Human Biology - Reproductive & Human Genetics Module" - Workshop to finalize the implementation schedule of the proposed B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Sciences course held on 15th - 16th December 2006.
  10. "Summary of Academic Staff Participation" - Workshop on Evaluation of New Curriculum - First Two Terms of Phase I, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 03rd January 2008
  11. Organized and participated at Third Meeting of the SAARC Working Group on Biotechnology, 4-5 June 2009 held at Colombo
  12. "Academic Plan - Phase I" - Curriculum Revision Workshop of Faculty of medical Sciences held at Kukuleganga Resort on 28th - 29th December, 2011.

 

Membership of Professional Associations

  1. Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association
  2. Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
  3. Member of the American Association of Anatomists
  4. Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  5. Member of the British Alumni in Sri Lanka