Due to the current trends in non-communicable diseases [NCDs] worldwide, it has become a clinical, public health, and research priority globally and locally. NCD-related policy, management guidelines and control strategies need to be informed by relevel local evidence to be successful. The Non-Communicable Diseases Research Centre [NCDRC] aims to facilitate evidence-informed management of clinical and public health burden of NCDs through generation of evidence and advocacy. Its main objectives are;

  1. To generate evidence for NCD-related public health, clinical and research concerns, and propose and test methods and strategies to address such concerns
  2. To provide evidence-based advocacy to manage NCDs as clinical and public health concerns
  3. To build and strengthen capacity for NCD-related research in Sri Lanka


To be a leading research organisation that conducts and facilitate high-quality multidisciplinary research on NCDs to inform policies and strategies to minimise the NCD burden


1. To conduct and facilitate high-quality research into NCD-related risk factors, consequences, and management to inform public health and clinical interventions to prevent and manage NCDs

2. To promote and establish multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations in NCD-related research with local and international researchers, experts, and institutions

3. To facilitate postgraduate research that generate pivotal evidence related to prevention and management of NCDs and thereby create a critical mass of local expertise in NCD-related strategic research

Director & Members

Prof. Sampatha Goonewardane

+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4176,

Prof. Sharaine Fernando
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4526,
Prof. Guwani Liyanage
+94 11 2758654,
Prof. Rasika Perera
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151,
Prof. Shyamalee Samaranayake
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4220,
Prof. Maheeka Seneviwickrama
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4176,
Mrs. Warnika Amaratunga
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4010,
Mrs. Manoja Kumbukage
+94 11 2881788 Ext: 4040,


  1. NCD risk factors and consequences
    Investigates NCD risk factors and consequences in a local community cohort.
  2. Chronic respiratory diseases in children
    Investigates the prevalence, risk factors and consequences of chronic respiratory diseases in children in a local community.
  3. Perinatal anxiety and pregnancy outcomes
    Investigates the prevalence of antenatal and postnatal anxiety and how this affects maternal and foetal outcomes.
  4. Maternal and infant Vit D deficiency
    Collates current evidence related to maternal and infant Vitamin D deficiency.
  5. Air pollution and sleep disordered breathing
    Investigates the association between air pollution and sleep disordered breathing.
  6. Chronic low back pain and quality of life
    Investigates the disabling effect of low back pain on the quality of life of patients.
  7. Sleep quality and breast cancer
    Investigates the effect of sleep quality on breast cancer survival.
  8. Chronic sleep disorders in antenatal women
    Investigates how sleep disordered breathing and insomnia affect pregnancy and its outcomes.


Non-Communicable Diseases Research Centre (NCDRC)