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Novel Polyherbal Formulation with Rapid Skin Repair Potential

Invention selected by WIPO EIE programme - to be mentored by University of Oxford Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It harbors a wide range of “stem cell niches” which help maintain skin stability. Stem cells are the raw material that make and maintain the human body, with their inherent ability to [...]

A Healthy Glass of Water Against the Silent Killer

"We are trapped between kidney diseases and day-to-day income" A common yet despairing phrase among individuals, particularly in North Central Sri Lanka. Some of them might not know that the water they drink is contaminated with inorganic species such as heavy metals and fluoride, which is considered hazardous in many parts of the world. Chronic [...]

A microbial bio-fertilizer to replace 50% urea usage in rice

Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population. To obtain required rice yields sufficient to feed the increasing world population, with the challenge of decreasing arable lands, increased productivity needs to be aimed at. Specified amounts of inorganic fertilizers containing three major nutrients N, P, K are therefore being added [...]

Ethnic Reality of Sri Lankans: A Hidden Story Unravelled

How related are we to each other? Can we predict the kinship between two individuals no matter how distant and complex the relationship is? Are Sri Lankans truly one big family? How related are we to other nationalities? These intriguing questions that have piqued the interest of many Sri Lankans have finally being addressed, in [...]

Sri Lankan Bats and Bat-Coronaviruses

ENGLISH සිංහල தமிழ் New Scientific Finding by the Scientists of the University of Colombo; Sri Lankan Bats and Bat-Coronaviruses "Corona" has been a word that tormented a whole world for more than a year since the end of 2019. What is this Corona? It created a global level pandemic by infecting more than 180 million [...]

Transgenic mosquito resistant to multiple serotypes of the dengue virus

Transgenic mosquito resistant to multiple serotypes of the dengue virus: Development of the first transgenic Animal in Sri Lanka Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo in collaboration with the Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya The dengue virus causes epidemics in more than 100 tropical and sub-tropical countries, where [...]

Tropical Medicine Research Center (TMRC) Project – Support Staff

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS THE CASE-CONTROL STUDY – FIELD TEAM Ms. Ruksala Ranatunga (2018-2019) Ms. Sacheebhanu Piyasiri (2018- To Date) Mr. Nishanthan Chandrasekharan (2018-2019) Mr. Dasun Madushan (2018) Mr. Chathura Priyadharshana (2019) Mr. Sandeep Hasinthara (2019) Ms. Gishani Parameswaran (2020) VECTOR AND ITS ENVIRONMENT Mr. Raushan Siraj (2018 - 2020) Mr. M. Ariyapala (Field Assistant) (2019 - [...]

Tropical Medicine Research Center (TMRC) Project – Achievements from 2011-2017

KEY SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS OF PUBLIC HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE With the recognition of a leishmaniasis outbreak in 2001 a series of studies that followed enabled in-depth investigation of CL patients using clinical, biological and latest molecular techniques. Key scientific findings of public health significance achieved are as follows: PUBLICATIONS (2001-2018) Karunaweera ND, Ferreira MU. (2018). Leishmaniasis: current [...]