Prof Indran Indrakrishnan honoured by Georgia Senate

Recently, the Georgia Senate (USA) honoured Prof Indran Indrakrishnan, a graduate from Colombo Medical Faculty through its bipartisan resolution unanimously passed by the senators at the state assembly. No other physician has received such a distinguished recognition in the history of Georgia Senate. Prof Indrakrishnan was honoured for his exceptional work in treating and raising awareness on colon cancer and other gastroenterological diseases. He is the first physician of Asian origin to be appointed by any governor to serve on Georgia Board for Physician work force.
Prof Indrakrishnan has graduated from Colombo Medical Faculty in 1985 and currently he is the Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine.

Faculty of Medicine, Colombo emerges World Champions at the International Inter-Medical School Physiology quiz, held in Malaysia

The Faculty of Medicine, Colombo secured the world championship when they won the Prof A Raman Challenge trophy at the 15th Inter-Medical School Physiology Quiz (IMSPQ) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16-17 of August 2017.

The team from Colombo comprising Poorni Fernando, Sathee Hewakuruppu, Chamath Jayakody, Supun Prabhashwara and PamodhYasawardene of the AL 2013 intake competed against 463 medical students representing 103 universities from 22 countries worldwide from Asia, Australia and UK. The National University of Singapore, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Charles Darwin and Flinders Universities of Australia and University of Bristol, UK were among the competitors for this prestigious trophy. Colombo Medical faculty team was the second runners-up in 2016.

The quiz is organised to honour the late Professor A. Raman who was the first Malaysian

Professor of Physiology and Head of Department of Physiology of the oldest university in Malaysia, University of Malaya. The IMSPQ is one of the key events in the Physiology academic calendar that enables and inspires both students and teachers to enjoy this basic science which forms the backbone of Medicine. The quiz has become a model for the national physiological societies of many other countries to achieve the goals of enhancing the learning and teaching of Physiology. 

The information portal (tobaccounmasked.lk) of the Sri Lankan tobacco observatory, the Centre for Combatting Tobacco (CCT) was launched by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo on 07th July 2017 at The Hotel Kingsbury, Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is now accessible to the public. 

Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT) was established at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (UCFM). The aim is to monitor the activities of the tobacco industry related to the Article 5.3 of the Frame work Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Sri Lanka and the region. The findings would be disseminated to the policy makers and general public via the  MediaWiki information portal tobaccounmasked.lk

CCT is a project powered by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The UNION) and the FCTC secretariat of the World Health Organization (WHO). The local partners to this project are National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) and the Expert Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs of Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA). The technical support was provided by the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) of University of Bath and Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco (UCSF).