134th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2021

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Day 2 – Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Session 2 – 8.30 – 10.00 am

Hall A

Symposium 1

Communicable diseases

  1. The changing landscape of CNS infections – Prof. Udaya Ranawaka
  2. Leptospirosis – Dr. Wimalasiri Uluwattage
  3. Rickettsial infections in Sri Lanka; an overview – Dr. Kheminda Thilakarathne

Hall B

Symposium 2

“No one is safe until every one is safe”

Health sector preparedness and response to disasters

  1. Enhancing disaster and emergency preparedness and response within Sri Lankan Health system: A success story – Dr. Hemantha Herath
  2. Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Health Sector in Sri Lanka – Dr. Priyanga Ranasinghe
  3. Hospital Preparedness in Emergencies: HOPE and Beyond – Joint session Dr. Novil Wijesekera & Frederick John Abo

Day 2 – Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Session 4 – 11.15 am – 12.45 pm

Hall A

Symposium 3

Practical approach in Geriatric care

  1. Nutrition and sarcopenia – Prof. Matteo Cesari
  2. Practical approach to management of Diabetes in elderly – Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya
  3. Detection of frailty in primary care – Dr. Duncan Ronald Forsyth

Hall B

Symposium 4

Microplastics: Are we under threat

  1. The problem of microplastics: are we under threat? – Dr. Sajith Edirisinghe
  2. Current status of microplastic pollution in Sri Lanka: findings of concern on human health – Mr W R W M A P Weerakoon
  3. Legal provisions on micro plastics and single- use plastic waste control in Sri Lanka – Mr. N. S. Gamage

Day 3 – Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Session 10 – 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Hall A

Symposium 5

Future of medicine and medical technology

  1. Wearables in healthcare- Prof. Gamini Rajapakse
  2. Robotic arm and minimal invasive surgery – Dr Alastair John
  3. Retinal gene therapy to for the blindness – Prof. Robert MacLaren,

Hall B

Symposium 6

Learning from paediatric deaths

  1. Clinician’s perspective on paediatric deaths & review – Prof Shaman Rajindrajith
  2. Paediatric Death Reviews – Dr. Rajesh Mehta
  3. Infant Death surveillance – The Sri Lanka’s model – Dr. Kapila Jayaratne 

Hall C

Symposium 7

Nurses/ Allied health programme

Communication in action (Role play)

Prof. R. M. Mudiyanse/ Dr. Amila Jayasinghe/ Dr. Sajith Edirisinghe/ Miss Anuradha Rathnayake/ S. Krishna Pradeep/ Dr. Kanthi Hettigoda/ Dr. Amali Dalpadadu/ Ms Ramya Ekanayaka

Day 3 – Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Session 11 – 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Hall A

Symposium 8

3D’s of Geriatric Psychiatry

  1. Depression in older adults – Dr. Kapila Ranasinghe
  2. Dementia – Dr. Anuprabha Wickramasinghe
  3. Delirium simple but complex – Dr. Rashi Nigi,

Hall B

Symposium 9

Health effects of indigenous and traditional foods

  1. Health effects of coconut oil – Prof. Ranil Jayawardene
  2. Sri Lankan cereal food habit: a double edged sword in health – Prof. Anoma Chandrasekara
  3. Traditional fermented foods and their health benefits – Prof. Terrence Madhujith

Hall C

Symposium 10

Nurses/ Allied health programme


  1. Working as a team – Dr. Upul Dissanayake
  2. Ensuring workplace safety – Mrs R A D C Karunaratne
  3. Achieving work-life balance – Dr. Chathurie Suraweera

Day 3 – Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Session 13 – 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Hall A

Symposium 11

Birth Defects: An emerging challenge

  1. Overview of birth defects – Dr. Nathalie Roos
  2. Genetic disorders – Prof Vajira Dissanayke 
  3. Counting Birth defects for practice change – Dr. Kapila Jayaratne 

Hall B

Symposium 12

Current concepts in spinal cord rehabilitation

  1. Basic concepts of spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation – Dr. Champika Gunawardena
  2. Medical issues and modern concepts in spinal cord injury rehabilitation – Dr. Gerard Weber
  3. Physiotherapy interventions in SCI rehabilitation – Mrs. Samanthi Jayathilake
  4. Occupational therapy interventions in SCI rehabilitation – Dr. Ajith Kithsiri

Day 4 – Friday, 24th September 2021

Session 15 – 8.30 am – 10.00 am

Hall A

Symposium 13

Management of surgical emergencies

  1. Dr. Rezni Cassim – Vascular emergencies
  2. Dr. Malic Samarasinghe – Abdominal pain is children: surgical?
  3. Prof. Neville Perera – Current concepts in management of Urological emergencies

Hall B

Symposium 14

The impact of sexual Gender-based Violence (SGBV) on maternal and child health

  1. Ms Upala Devi
  2. Dr Harsha Atapattu
  3. Out of the shadows: The impacts of SGBV on maternal and child health from a disability perspective – Ms Niluka Gunawardena

Day 4 – Friday, 24th September 2021

Session 17 – 11.15 am – 12.45 pm

Hall A

Symposium 15

Essentials in childhood: Food, play and safety

  1. Eat right  – Prof V P Wickramasinghe
  2. Encouraging play for a healthy childhood – Dr Pavithra Godamunne
  3. Are the children safe? – Dr Nayana Liyanarachchi

Hall B

Symposium 16

Adolescent health

  1. Chronic disease management in adolescent health – Prof. Susan Sawyer
  2. Positive mental health in pandemics for adolescents-Dr Usman Hamdani
  3. Bridging gaps: Transition from paediatric to adult health -Dr Surantha Perera