Professor Christeine Ariaranee Gnanathasan

MBBS, MD (Col), MRCP (UK), M Phil, FRCP (UK)

  • Professor in Medicine
  • Consultant physician

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: Residence: +94-11-2364088, +94-11-2508200 

              Office: +94-11-2695300 (Ext 134, 135)

Fax: +94-11-2689188

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • MBBS February 1985 (University of Peradeniya) 
  • MD (Col) May 1992 (University of Colombo) 
  • MRCP April 1997 (UK) 
  • MPhil December 2004 
  • FRCP May 2007 (UK)   

APPOINTMENTS

  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • Professor in Medicine
  • Chairperson, Neurology Module since 2000 - 2008
  • Convenor, Neurology Module since 1998 -2000
  • Convenor, Community stream since October 2000 – 2003
  • Director- Clinical Programme of the Faculty of Medicine, April 2006 – January 2009, & 2011 to date
  • Member, Growth & Development, Musculo-Skeletal, Toxicology, Haematology & Immunology Modules since 1997
  • Member of the community stream since 2000 onwards
  • Member of the clinical sciences stream 2005
  • Member, Academic Committee on Clinical Medicine and Allied Specialities
  • Member, Curriculum Development and Evaluation Committee since January2000 
  • Member of Ethics Review Committee of the Faculty of Medicine since2006 – 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Member of the Research and Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Medicine 2008
  • Sub-warden of the De Saram’s Womens Medical Hostel from 1994-1996
  • Warden of the De Saram’s Women’s Medical Hostel since 1998 to January 2009
  • Consultant in Charge, Snake Venom Research Laboratory & Herpetarium since 2002
  • Member, Hostel subcommittee of the senate since 1998
  • Member, Building committee of the University of Colombo since 1994
  • Member of Language committee of IRQUE Project , Faculty of Medicine
  • Member of the Students Support Group, Faculty of Medicine
  • Member of the Canteen committee, Faculty of Medicine
  • Senior Student Counsellor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo 2007 to January 2009
  • Head, Department of Clinical Medicine, 2008
  • Member of the Senate, University of Colombo, 2008, 2011, 2012

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • The Course Coordinator of MD Medicine Training Programme (MD Medicine) of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo since 2003 to July 2006. I am actively involved in the Training, RITA assessment and Appraisal & Evaluation of the MD Medicine Programme of the PGIM up to date
  • Secretary of the Board of Study Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo from November 2003 –July 2006
  • Member of the MCQ Core Group of the MD Training Programme of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo (2002 – 2008, 2011 & 2012).
  • Member of the Board of Study Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo from July 2003 to July 2006 – 2008.
  • Trainer for the Postgraduate trainees in MD Medicine, MD Dermatology, Diploma in Family Medicine, MD Hematology and MSc Medical Toxicology assigned to the University Medical Unit of the National Hospital, Sri Lanka – since 1998 
  • Clinical Coordinator, MD Medicine Part 2 Examination, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (1999- 2004)
  • Member, Board of Examiners for MD Medicine Part I and Part II – 2003, 2004, 2005 ,2006, 2007, (Chief Examiner of Viva/ Voce – MD  Examination) , 2008 and 2011.
  • Member, Board of Examiners for MSc Community Medicine 2005
  • Member of the Board of study of MSc Medical Toxicology, PGIM in 2007/2008
  • Member of Board of Examiners of Msc Medical Toxicology 2008 
  • Module coordinator and tutor of the module on snake bites and insects bites, of the Msc course on Medical Toxicology, 2008 / 2009
  • Member of the Board of study, Critical Care Medicine, PGIM 2007/2008
  • Member of Board of Examiners for Diploma in Critical Care Medicine, 2008 
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the Workshop on Evaluation of MD Medicine Training Programme of the Post graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo, 2005
  • Joint Editor of the Report of the Evaluation Workshop of MD Medicine Training Programme of the PGIM
  • Joint Editor of the Guidelines for Selection of Examiners for MD Medicine, Postgraduate Training Programme of the PGIM
  • Chairperson of the Programme Committee of the Organizing Committee of the First Academic Sessions Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, July 1-2, 2005
  • External Assessor of the RITA (Record In service Training Assessment) & Appraisal Programme of the MD (Medicine) training programme
  • Examiner of the case book for MD / Medicine programme 2003 to date
  • Theory, Viva/ Voce & Clinical Examiner, MD Medicine Examination, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo February, 2006.
  • Organizer & Resource person, Workshop on RITA & APPRAISAL, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 3rd March 2006
  • Chairperson of the Programme Committee of the Organizing Committee of the First Academic Sessions Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, October 18-20, 2007
  • General Secretary of the Post Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) oration in 2007 to date

University of Colombo

  • Sub-warden of the De Saram’s Women’s Medical Hostel, University of Colombo  from 1994-1996
  • Warden of the De Saram’s Women’s Medical Hostel, University of Colombo since 1998 to date
  • Member, Hostel subcommittee of the senate, University of Colombo since 1998 to date
  • Member, Building committee of the University of Colombo since 1998
  • Member of Senate, University of Colombo, 2008, 2011, 2012

Professional Associations

  • Honorary Assistant Secretary (1998, 1999), Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA)
  • Council Member(1997-2000) , Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA)
  • Member, Expert Committee on Snake bite, Sri Lanka Medical Association (1991 to date)
  • Convenor, Committee on Poisoning, Sri Lanka Medical Association (2002 to date)
  • Honorary Secretary, Ceylon College of Physicians (2003)
  • Council Member, Ceylon College of Physicians (2002 -2004)

National bodies & others

  • Council Member of the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009)
  • Council Member of the National Toxicology Society of Sri Lanka, 2008, 2009
  • Examiner / Coordinator for the Clinical Component of the Examination of (ERPM) since2005/ 2006/2007/2008,/2011

Ministry of Health

  • Panel member of the Listen to dissatisfaction (LID) of patients at the MOH
  • Evaluation of the drugs especially antivenom for Drug evaluation Sub Committee (DESC)
  • Evaluation of surgical items, First aid instrument for registration of the Product for CDDA for the Medical Supplies Division, Ministry of Health

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Emily Wickramanayake Memorial Prize for Biochemistry in 1981
  • Scholarship for the Best Performance in 2nd MBBS Examination in 1981
  • Senaka Bibile Memorial Prize for Pharmacology in 1983
  • Dr John F Stokes Gold Medal for MD (Medicine) in May 1992
  • Wijerama Prize for the Best presentation “Renal involvement in Snake bite” at the Young Physician Forum 1993
  • “The President’s Research Bonus 1999” in appreciation of the effort in the authorship of the Journal articles, Am. J. Trop.Med & Hyg. 61:259-265, Trop.Med.& Intern.Hlth. 4:266-273, 1999, in the Science Citation Index 1999
  • “The President’s Research Bonus 2000” in appreciation of the effort in the authorship of the Journal articles, Heart 83: 301-306, 2000, in the Science Citation Index 2000
  •  “ The President’s Research Bonus 2001” in appreciation of the effort in the authorship of the Journal articles, Trans.Royal Soc. Trop.Med.&  Hyg., 95, 74-80, 2001, in the Science Citation Index 2001.
  • Award for Excellence in Research 1999, 2000 by the University of Colombo.
  • University of Colombo, Sri Lanka presented a certificate in felicitation of receiving a Presidential Award for Research in Year 2001.
  • Travel award to participate and present a scientific paper in the International sessions of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy, June 22-24 2001 Osaka, Japan.
  • Travel award to study community based curriculum in Nepal (B P Koirala Institute and Institute of Health Sciences at Kathmandu,  in March 9th -16th March 2007 ( IRQUE Funded)
  • Travel Award to present a scientific paper in the International Conference on Global issues in Clinical Toxinology at University of Melbourne, Australia from 23-28 November 2008 by the Australian Government through their organization for international development , AusAID
  • NSF Travel Grant was awarded to present a scientific paper in 8th Asia- Pacific Meeting on Animal, Plant and Microbial toxins at Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam on 2 -6th December 2008, Organized by A-P Section of International Society of Toxinology.
  • GSI small Grants Scheme : prevention of krait bites by promotion of sleeping above ground level and bed net use 2011/2012

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate teaching & evaluation 

  • Teaching (lectures, seminars, problem based learning, bed side clinical teaching and small group discussions) and student evaluations of the following streams and modules: final year professional clinical appointment of the clinical stream, introductory clinical stream, behavioural sciences stream, community stream, respiratory module, cardiovascular module, neurology module, endocrine & metabolic module, toxicology module, growth and development and nutrition and special topics module and community stream. 
  • External examiner for the final MBBS medicine at the Universities of Galle, Peradeniya, Sri Jayawardenapura , Kelaniya and Jaffna
  • Chairperson of Neurology module, Convenor Neurology and Community stream and committee member of the several modules  

Postgraduate teaching & evaluation 

  • Postgraduate trainer for the trainees in MD Medicine, MD Haematology, MD Dermatology, Diploma Family Medicine, MSc in Medical Toxicology and MSc Community Medicine to the University Medical Unit, NHSL 
  • Participated in the postgraduate courses for MD Part I and MD Part II conducted by the Ceylon College of Physicians
  • Examiner for MD Medicine Part I MCQ & OSCE (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)
  • Examiner for MD Medicine Part II theory, viva & clinicals (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)
  • Examiner for MSc Community Medicine Clinicals (2005)
  • Examiner for Selection Examination – Dermatology 2006 (March/ April)
  • Examiner for Diploma in Family Medicine – 2007
  • Examiner for the Diploma in Critical care – 2008
  • Examiner for the MSc in Medical Toxicology – 2008, 2011 

POSITIONS HELD

  • Present post, Professor in Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine (University of Colombo), 25 Kinsey Road, Colombo 08                                           
  • Honorary Consultant Physician,University Medical Unit,National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Regent Street, Colombo 10 
  • May 1985 – May 1986, Intern House Officer, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya (6 months each in Medicine and Surgery)
  • May 1986 – August 1986, Resident House Officer, Professorial Paediatric Unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya
  • September 1986 – September 1989, Registrar in Medicine, Professorial Medical Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya
  • September 1989 – May 1992, Registrar (rotations in General Medicine and Subspecialties), National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo
  • July 1992 – July 1993, Senior Registrar (General Medicine), Professorial University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo
  • August 1993 – September 1993, Acting Visiting Physician, Base Hospital, Matale
  • September 1993 – April 1994, Resident Physician, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo
  • April 1994, Lecturer in Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • May 1996 – May 1997, Honorary Registrar in General Internal Medicine (Professor David Warrell), Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, UK
  • May 1997 – October 1997, Research fellow at the WHO Venom anti-venom Research Laboratory, Tropical School of Medicine, Liverpool, UK
  • April 1997, Senior Lecturer in Medicine (Grade 2), Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • April 2002, Senior Lecturer in Medicine (Grade 1), Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • January 2008, Head, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colomb
  • January 2009, Associate Professor in Clinical Sciences, International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

INVITED LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Abstracts & Communications

  1. S Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987). Effect of Oral Alcohol on the Maximum Expiratory Flow rate of Asthmatics. Proceedings Kandy Society of Medicine, 10, 45-47
  2. S. Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987) The Relationship of Reported parental History and Relative Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. Proceedings of Kandy Society of Medicine, Volume 1, 4a
  3. S. Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987) Hypotensive Action of Garlic (Allium Sativum). Proceedings of Kandy Society of Medicine, Volume 10, 48-49a
  4. L Karaliadde, A Ariaratnam, S. Mendis, I Amarasinghe, N. Senanayake (1987) Successful Partus following Severe Organosphosphorous Poisoning in the 36th week of gestation Abstracts SLMA Anniversary Sessions, 24 a
  5. L Karaliadda, A Ariaratnam, N Senanayake (1987) Delayed Onset Respiratory Failure in Acute Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Abstracts SLMA Anniversary Sessions, 23-24a
  6. N Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1992) Delayed Cerebellar Ataxia complicating Falciparum Malaria. Abstracts International Medical Congress Kandy, Sri Lanka, Handbook and Abstracts.13
  7. N. Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1990) Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, Annual Sessions8.      N. Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1990) Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 22
  8. S W. Gunasekera, R Sivaganeshan, P A J Perera U Ilangasekera, A. Ariaratnam (1990)  Blunted Insuling Responses in Tropical Diabetes. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 62-64.
  9. A Ariaratnam, U Ilangasekera, P A J Perera (1989) Clinical Profile of the Tropical Diabetes Syndrome in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 11-27.11.  P A J Perera, S W Gunasekera, U Ilangasekera, A Ariaratnam (1989) Revealing Tropical Diabetes. Abstracts SLMA Annual Sessions 29.12.  U Ilangasekera, A Ariaratnam (1989)Chiroarthropathy in Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus. Proceedings Kandy Society of Medicine, 28.
  10. De Silva SA, Ariyaratnam CA, Chandrasekharan NV, Karunanayake EH & Sheriff R (1994) Urinary N-acetyl-b-D glucosaminidase (uNAG) as an index of renal damage: a preliminary  study.  Proc Sri Lanka Assoc Adv Sci 50(1), 4-5. 
  11. Ariaratnam A , David Warrell. Yellow Oleander Poisoning in Sri Lanka, British Venom Group, EIST meeting in Wales, September, 1996
  12. Ariaratnam A , David Warrell. Russells viper bite and Mono specific Russell’s viper antivenom in Sri Lanka, British Venom Group, EIST meeting in Wales, September, 1996
  13. Ariaratnam CA, Meyer WP, Kularatne SAM, Attapattu S, Perera G, Eddlestan M, Sheriff R. Theakstan RDG, Warrell DA,A New Monospecific Ovine Fab Antivenom (Pulchella TAB) for bites by Sri Lankan Rusell’s viper (Daboia russelii ruselii): A Preliminary Dose – Finding Study. Scientific Programme & Abstract Book, 13th IST & BVG 1998:19.
  14. CA Ariaratnam, DA Warrell et al, (1998) “A New Monospecific Ovine Fab antivenom (Pulchella Tab) for bites by Sri Lankan Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii russelii):P A preliminary Dose – Finding study, 13th European Symposium on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (ELIST) London, England April 19-22, 1998.
  15. Ariaratnam CA, Lanerolle RD, Saranapala DMK, Nanayakkara LSH, Sheriffdeen AHS, Sheriff MHR, (2001) Post transplant diabetes in Sri Lanka. Journal of Japanese Society of Dialysis therapy, 34 supplement 1,644.
  16. Ariaratnam CA, Chang APTT, Jayasinghe KSA, Sheriff MHR ( 2001) Bilateral Cortical Necrosis following Hump nosed viper bite. Programme & Abstracts, 14th European Symposium on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins, 7, 4-6 October, 2001.
  17. G M Upendra N Seneviratne, W Pathirana , C A Ariaratnam. (2002)  Determination of the potency of Anti Snake Venom Serum by challenge test in mice as per pharmacopial requirements.   The Colombo Medical Faculty Scientific Sessions. 2002.
  18. Pushpakumara K S R, Gunawardena L D N, Ariaratnam C A, Sheriff M H R. Perspective Presentation and Clinical Scenario of the victims of Snake Bites presented to the Government Hospitals in Mahaweli Zone H. The Colombo Medical Faculty Scientific Sessions. 2001.
  19. MHR Sheriff, ADS Gunasekera, SR Sirimanne, CA Ariaratnam, EH Karunanayake (2003) Biochemical and toxicological study of Venom of Sri Lanka Cobra (Naja naja),  Snake Venom Research Laboratory & Herpetariaum, Department of Clinical Medicine, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Zoology, University of Colombo – Programme & Abstracts book, 116th Anniversary Academic Sessions, SLMA March  2003.
  20. Ariaratnam A, Sheriff M H R, Warrell D A (2006) Distinctive epidemiology and clinical features of common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) bite in Sri Lanka, Abstract book, 15th World congress on Animal, Plant Toxins, Glasgow, UK. 25th July 2006
  21. Ariaratnam A, Sheriff R, Warrell D A (2006) Severe Systemic envenoming by hump-nosed vipers (Hypnale hypnale) in Sri Lanka, Abstract book, 15th World congress on Animal, Plant Toxins, Glasgow, UK. 25th July 2006
  22. Gnanathsan C A (2006) Clinical Syndrome or Snake Identification? Abstract book, 5th Asia pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, Colombo, 5th - 8th August 2006
  23. Gnanathasan C A (2006) “Clinical Syndrome or Snake Identification?”, Abstract book , 2nd Conference on Natural Toxins, Egyptian Society of Natural Toxins, Cairo, 18-20 December 2006.
  24. Gnanathasan A, Katulanda et.al., Patterns and correlates of adult height in Sri Lanka, The Colombo Medical Faculty Scientific Sessions. 2008.
  25. Gnanathasan CA, Rodrigo PC, Peranantharajah S, Anitha Coonghe,Pieris P (2008) A case series of envenoming by Saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus) in Sri Lanka at the International Conference on Global Issues in Clinical Toxinology (GICT), university of Melbourne, Australia, 23-28 November 2008.  
  26. Gnanathasan CA1, Rodrigo PC1, Peranantharajah S2, Anitha Coonghe3,Pieris P 4 (2008) A case series of envenoming by Saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus) in Sri Lanka at the 8th Asia- Pacific Meeting on Animal, Plant and Microbial toxins at Hanoi and Halong Bay , Vietnam on 2 -6th December 2008.
  27. Gnanathasan CA1, Rodrigo PC1, Peranantharajah S2, Anitha Coonghe3,Pieris P 4 (2009) A case series of envenoming by Saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus) in Sri Lanka at the  Asia- Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) – 8th Scientific conference , Beijing, China , 19th -22nd October 2009.
  28. Shahmy S1, Makarim M F M1, Abeysinghe C2, Karunatilake H2Gawarammana IB1, Ariaratnam C A3Isbister GK1,4 EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REVIEW OF SNAKE BITES IN NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE OF SRI LANKA at the  9th Asia- Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT) –Vietnam 17th November 2010.
  29. Christeine Ariaranee Gnanathasan, Francis Ifejika Achike, Juriah Abdullah (2010) Perceptions of examinees (students) and examiners (faculty) of OSCE at the International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia, proceedings of 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference in Singapore 4th -8th February 2010.  Abstract is published in MEDICAL EDUCATION 2010; 44 (Suppl. 4): 1–13.
  30. Christeine Ariaranee, Francis I. Achike, Juriah Abdullah( 2010) Perceptions of Examinees (Students) and Examiners (Faculty) of OSCE at the International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia Part 2”, proceedings of International Medical Education Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 24-26th March 2010.
  31. Sow CF, Subramanian R, Gnanthasan CA, Introducing Integrated Selective during Pre-Clinical Year in the medical curriculum, proceedings of 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference in 26- 29th January 2011.
  32. Choo-Hock Tan, Si-Mui Sim, Christeine A. Gnanathasan, Shin-Yee Fung, Gnanajothy Ponnudurai, Nget-Hong Tan. 2011. Pharmacokinetics of the venom of hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) in rabbits. Proceeding of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Pharmacological Society and the 11th Southeast Asian Western Pacifica Regional Meeting of Pharmacologists. In Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, 115(1), pp.235P. P2J23-3. Yokohama, Japan. (22-24 March, 2011)
  33. Isbister GK 1,2 Shahmy S2, Makarim M F M2, Fahim M2, Abeysinghe C3, Karunatilake H3, Ariaratnam C A4 2011 A randomised controlled trial of two infusion rates to decrease reactions to antivenom,   XXXI European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) at Congress at Valamar Lacroma Resort, Conference & Spa****Dubrovnik,Croatia 24-27 May 2011.
  34. The abstract is published in Clinical Toxicology (2011) 49, 197–269, 2011 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. ISSN 1556-3650 print/ISSN 1556-9519 online DOI: 10.3109/15563650.2011.568269 Clinical Toxicology vol. 49 no. 3 2011.

Guest lectures

1992 - Renal involvement of Snake Venom’ Young Physicians’ Forum, Ceylon College of Physicians (June 1992, Colombo)

1993 - The management of Snake bite at the Anuradhapura Clinical Society and SLMA sessions in 1st August 1993

1993 - The management of Snake bite at the Ampara Clinical Society and SLMA sessions in 30th October 1993.

1994 - The management of snake bite at the Galle / Matara Clinical society and SLMA annual sessions in December 1994

1995 - The management of Snake bite in Humans at the Symposium on Snake bite at the Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAS) on 22nd December 1994.

1996 - Yellow Oleandar poisoning in Sri Lanka British Venom Group Meeting: Wales, 26-27th September, 1996.

1998 - “A New Monospecific Ovine Fab Antivenom (“Pulchells Tab”) for bites by Sri Lanka Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii russelii). A preliminary Dose – Finding Study”, 13th European Symposium on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins (EIST) London, England April 1998.

1999 - “Recent advances in Venom Research in Sri Lanka”, Organization of Professional Associations (August 1999, Colombo) OPA.

1999 - “Recent advances in venom research” Bench to Bedside -112th Anniversary academic sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 24-28, March 1999.

2000 - “New developments in Anti venom therapy” at the Joint meeting of the Ceylon Collge of Physicians and the Galle Medical Association at Faculty of Medicine auditorium, Galle 2000

2000 - “Challenges in the management of Snake bite in Sri Lanka” at the 38th Annual Academic Sessions (28th – 30th September 2000) of the Ceylon College of Physicians.

2000 - “Management of Snake bite” at the Clinical Society meeting of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital on the 20th January 2000.

2001- “Post transplant diabetes in Sri Lanka” at the International sessions of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy, June 22-24 2001 Osaka, Japan

2001- “Snakes & Snake bite” – A Health Education programme – at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital on the 6th August 2001.

2001- “Bilateral cortical necrosis following Hump-nosed viper bite” at the 14th European Symposium on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxins Stockholm, 4-6 October 2001.

2001- “Snake bite” at the clinical society meeting of the Watthupitiwela, Base Hospital on the 10th October 2001

2001- Presented a thematic poster sessions on “Evaluation of the Neurology Module in the Curriculum of Colombo Medical Faculty, Sri Lanka” at the Annual Network Conference, Community Partnership for Health through Innovative Education, Service and Research, October 20-25, 2001, Londrina Parana, Brazil.

2001- “Snakes & Snake Bite” at Mathugama, Organized by Lion’s Club Mathugama on 24th December, 2001

2001- “Pathophysiology of Snake bite” at the Academic Annual Session of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologist, 1st December 2001

2002 - Delivered the first H. Molligoda Memorial Lecture on “Snakes: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly “on 11th October 2002, Organized by the committee for the popularization of Science, SLAAS at the SLAAS Auditorium

2003 - “Working towards an Indigenous Anti snake Venom Serum” on 29th December 2003 at the Workshop organized by the Snake Venom Research Venom Laboratory And Herpetarium of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2004 - “Critical Care Symposium II on Snake bite “ at the 29th Annual Academic Scientific Session of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka, on 25th January 2004

2004 - “Management of Snake bite” at the Annual Sessions of the Jaffna Medical Association, 29th August 2004

2004 - “Lifestyle Modification” for Women at the Young Men’s Christian Association, Colombo April 2004

2005 - Health education Seminar on “Prevention of Non Communicable disease like Diabetes, Hypertension and Hypercholestralemia” for the Women’s Guild of the Jaffna Diocise of Church of South India, Francis Road, Colombo  06, 11th June 2005

2006 - “Clinical syndrome or Snake identification” at the 5th Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, 6th August 2006

2006 - Guest lecture on “Healthy Living” for the Women’s Guild of the Methodist Church, Moors Road, Colombo 06

2006 - Guest lecture on “Snake bite” at the Clinical Society of Base Hospital, Puttalam on 18th September 2006

2006 - Guest Lecture on Prevention and First aid & Prevention on Snake bite and Poisoning and Child care at the Bodyline (Pvt) Limited on 28th October 2006

2006 - “Syndromic Approach or Snake Identification” at the 2nd International Conference on Natural Toxins, Cairo- Egypt - December 2006

2007 - Guest lecture on ‘The management of Snake bite’, at the clinical meeting of the Ceylon College Physicians and the Clinical Society of Galle, July 2007

2007 - Errors in the Management of Snake bite’ at the meeting of the clinical Society of Uva and SLMA, Snake bite Expert Committee.

2007 - Guest lecture on “Healthy Living” for the Women’s Guild of the Methodist Church, Moors Road, Colombo 

2007 - Guest Lecture on “ Snake bite in Sri Lanka” at the 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Critical Care” in 6th – 9th December 2007 , New Delhi.

2008 - Guest lecture on “Life style Modification” for the Women’s Guild of the Methodist Church, Moors Road, Colombo 

2008 - Invited to participate in the WHO Bi-Regional Workshops on Antivenom Guidelines  in Jakarta (26-30 May 2008)

2008 - Invited to the SLE Clinical Trial - Investigator’s meeting of Lajolla pharmaceutical company at Taj Exotica, Goa, India on 18-19 July 2008

2008 - Invited guest speaker at a symposium on “Autoimmune disorders –Management” by the College of Haematologists, September 2008.

2008 - Ariaranee Ariaratnam, Management of Snakebite in Sri Lanka” CME & Conference on snakes, venom and snakebite. national and international perspective. 20th -21st September 2008 - Angamaly- Kochi, Kerala

2008 - Invited Guest lecture on "Bites and stings" at the the 10th International conference of the Society of Emergency Medicine in India, a Level 1 Emergency, Trauma, Critical care and Toxicology
Congress EMCON2008 held from 12th to 16th November 2008 at Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar Medical College and Hospital, Salem,Tamilnadu,India in association with the American Academy for Emergency Medicine in India and SUNY Upstate University New York, USA., at Vinayaka Missions University, Salem, India 

2008 - Invited for a plenary lecture on “Snakes!!!  Friend or Foe?” at the Ecological Medicine Sessions on Saturday the 25th October, 2008, at the Old Biology Lecture Theater, Faculty of Science , University of Colombo

2010 - Invited for a plenary lecture on The toxinological properties of Merrem's humped-nose pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) and its neutralization by commercial antivenoms. Tan NH, Tan CH, Fung SY, Ponnudurai G,  Ariaratnam CA and Sim SM at 1st National Conference on Animal, Microbial, Plant Toxins & Snakebite Management “BIO-TOXINS IN HEALTH & DISEASE” 11-12 December, 2010 Kolkata, India

2011- Invited for a Plenary Lecture on Renal Involvement of snake bites at Nephrology CME May 2011organized by Nephrology Urology Transplant Society at PGIM Auditorium.

2011 - Invited for a Plenary Lecture on Snakes friend or foe !!  at the Sri Lanka Advancement of Science Scientific Session on 7th December 2011

Orations/ Memorial Lecture

  • Delivered the first H. Molligoda Memorial Lecture on “Snakes: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly “on 11th October 2002, Organized by the committee for the popularization of Science, SLAAS at the SLAAS Auditorium
  • Delivered the 4th K Rajasuriya Memorial Oration 2007, on “Syndromic Approach to snake identification – A Clinico-Epidemiological Study of Victims of Snake bites” on 28th December 2007, under the auspicious of CCP at the Lionel Auditorium, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07

Organizer or resource person at workshops

  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the Workshop on Evaluation of MD Medicine Training Programme of the Post graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo, 2005
  • Organizer & Resource person, Workshop on RITA & APPRAISAL, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 3rd March 2006
  • Organizer & resource person, Toxicology Day , Day Workshop for Postgraduates of  National and International Doctors at the PGIM, in collaboration with the 5th Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, 5th August 2006

I have organized the following CME as Assistant Secretary / SLMA,

  • Joint clinical meeting with Avissawella Clinical Society in Avissawella
  • Joint clinical meeting with Chillaw Clinical Society and the North Western branch of college of General practitioners in Chillaw
  • Joint clinical meeting with Kalutara Clinical Society of medicine in Kalutara
  • Joint clinical meeting with Ruhunu Clinical Society in Matara
  • Joint clinical meeting with the Clinical Society in Panadura
  • Joint clinical meeting with the Anuradhapura Clinical Society in Anuradhapura
  • Joint clinical meeting with the IMBA branch the General Practitioners in Colombo
  • Monthly clinical updates of the Sri Lanka Medical Association

Contribution to health education of the public through mass media 

Health education programs on National television (Tamil) 

  • Rupavahini channel Participated in the “Udaya Tharisanam” Programme, Sunday Morning 9.00 A.M on the following subjects 
  • Moderator: Dr Nadaraja Sivakumar
  • Topics: ‘Strokes’, ‘Epilepsy’, ‘Diabetes mellitus’, ‘ Acute Renal Disease’ ‘Chronic Renal Disease’, ‘Dementia’,‘Snake bite’, ‘Dog bites & Rabies’, ‘Home Accidents’, ‘Lung infections’, ‘Asthma’,  ‘Migraine’, ‘Peptic ulcers’, ‘Counseling for Tsunami victims’

Participated in the Health Education Programme 

  • Topic: Snake bite & Newer Antivenom Treatment 
  • Moderator: Thusitha Malalasekara (Health Education Bureau)

Sakthi channel 

  • Topic : Snake bite, Diabetes Mellitus , Stroke

Health education programs on Radio (Tamil)

  • Sri Lanka Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC)
  • Suwa Valvu sponsored by the State Pharmaceutical Company (SPC) Questions & Answers session, ½ hour weekly series
  • Talk on ‘ Prevention & First Aid on Snake bite’ , ‘Asthma’, ‘Epilepsy’,  ‘Diabetes’, ‘Stroke’
  • Talk on Diabetes especially preventive aspects for general public in tamil to commemorate the World Diabetic day organized by DPTF, SLMA 
  • I was one of the active participant / presenter of a documentary film on ‘Sri Lankan Russell’s Viper’ produced by YAP film group from UK was transmitted in Europe &UK in National Geography Channel in July/ August 2003.
  • Actively participated in snake exhibition and health education related to snake bite awareness program with the medical students as an activity from the Snake Venom Research Laboratory & Herpetarium at the Medical Exhibition, University of Colombo, 2008
  • Video on Identification of Snakes of Sri Lanka with the help of our Audio- Visual unit, Medical Faculty, Colombo for Students 
  • Hobby Music, Wild life & Herpetology and Christian Gospel witnessing

PUBLICATIONS 

Books

  • SNAKES ARE FASCINATING CREATURES, Ariaranee Gnanathasan. Vijitha Yapa Publications, First Edition October 2009
  • Your Child Your Family
  • A Guide to Health & Nutrition
  • Revised Encyclopaedic Edition With colour Plates, Herbert A Aponso, Dennis Aloysius, Ariaranee Gnanathasan, D G Harendra de Silva, Antonette Perera & Vinya S Ariyaratne.  Vijitha Yapa Publications, 4th Edition April 2011

Chapters in books 

  • Ariaratnam A. Snakes and Snake bites; Your Child Your Family: A guide to Health & Nutrition. Ed. Aponso, De Silva & Aloysius. Kandy Third Edition 2003. 
  • Ariaratnam A. Renal Failure (kidney failure): Your Child Your Family: A guide to Health & Nutrition . Ed. Aponso, De Silva & Aloysius. Kandy Third Edition 2003. 
  • Ariaranee Gnanathasan   ‘MAD’ DOG BITES – RABIES (HYDROPHOBIA): A guide to Health & Nutrition. Ed. Aponso, De Silva & Aloysius. Kandy  Third Edition 2003. 
  • Ariaranee Gnanathasan.  “Snake bite"  Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine   7E – Online Appendix. (Published by Elsevier Ltd)

Books translated in to Tamil  

  1. SNAKE BITE – Prevention and First aid 1994. Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo.  
  2. Let’s talk epilepsy” by Nimal Senanayake, A Sarvodaya visvha Lekha Publication, First Edition, 2000 
  3. Let’s talk migraine” by Nimal Senanayake, A Sarvodaya visvha Lekha Publication, First Edition, 2001
  4. Let’s talk stroke” by Nimal Senanayake, A Sarvodaya visvha Lekha Publication, First Edition, 2003 
  5. I have produced a video lesson on Identification of snakes (for Medical Students & doctors) as CD in 2002
  6. I have produced a “Learning module on the management of snake bite” for Doctors and Medical Students – an Interactive CD – 2007 
  7. I have produced a video on “20 minutes Whole blood Clotting test” (20WBCT) with the help of our Audio- Visual unit, Medical Faculty, Colombo for Students, 2008.  
  8. I have produced a Video lesson on “Examination of superficial Lymph nodes” and video on “obtaining consent from a patient for lymph node biopsy” by using a Simulated Patient for students with the help of Audi- visual unit, International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia, 2009
  9. I have produced a “Manual of Twenty-minutes Whole Blood Clotting Test (20WBCT)” a clinical Skill needed for Medical students, Doctors and Nurses for the management of snake bite patients in the hospital, 2007  
  10. Guidelines for the Management of Snake Bite in Hospitals, SLMA Snake bite Expert Committee (2004) 
  11. Management of Snake bites, National Guidelines, Ministry of Healthcare & Nutrition 2007 used by the Hospital staff 
  12. Interactive electronic learning module on Snake bite for students, doctors and general public, 2008 
  13. Interactive electronic learning module on plant poisoning for students and general public, 2008 
  14. Website on Plant poisoning Guide – http://plantpoisoning.cjb.net. For general public and health care workers, 2009
  15. Website on snake bite created as an elective project under my supervisionwww.geocities.com/mfcnaya  for general public and students. 
  16. I was one of the active participant / presenter of a documentary film on ‘Sri Lankan Russell’s Viper’ produced by YAP film group from UK was transmitted in Europe &UK in National Geography Channel in July/ August 2003 
  17. I was instrumental in the television production The Snake Crusader series, being broadcasted internationally on the Animal Planet network, by PROSPERO Productions, Western Australia, 2007.   

Published abstracts  

  1. S Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987) Effect of Oral Alcohol on the Maximum Expiratory Flow rate of Asthmatics. Proceedings Kandy Society of Medicine, 10, 45-47. 
  2. S. Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987) The Relationship of Reported parental History and Relative Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. Proceedings of Kandy Society of Medicine, Volume 1, 4a. 
  3. S. Mendis, A Ariaratnam (1987) Hypotensive Action of Garlic (Allium Sativum). Proceedings of Kandy Society of Medicine, Volume 10, 48-49a. 
  4. L Karaliadde, A Ariaratnam, S. Mendis, I Amarasinghe, N. Senanayake (1987) Successful Partus following Severe Organosphosphorous Poisoning in the 36th week of gestation Abstracts SLMA Anniversary Sessions, 24 a. 
  5. L Karaliadda,A  Ariaratnam, N Senanayake (1987) Delayed Onset Respiratory Failure in Acute Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Abstracts SLMA Anniversary Sessions, 23-24a. 
  6. N Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1992) Delayed Cerebellar Ataxia complicating Falciparum Malaria. Abstracts International Medical Congress Kandy, Sri Lanka, Handbook and Abstracts.13. 
  7. N. Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1990) Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, Annual Sessions, 
  8. N. Senanayake, A Ariaratnam (1990) Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 22. 
  9. S W. Gunasekera, R Sivaganeshan, P A J Perera U Ilangasekera, A Ariaratnam (1990)  Blunted Insuling Responses in Tropical Diabetes. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 62-64.
  10. A Ariaratnam, U Ilangasekera, P A J Perera (1989) Clinical Profile of the Tropical Diabetes Syndrome in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 11-27.
  11. P A J Perera, S W Gunasekera, U Ilangasekera, A Ariaratnam (1989) Revealing Tropical Diabetes. Abstracts SLMA Annual Sessions 29.
  12. U Ilangasekera, A Ariaratnam (1989)  Chiroarthropathy in Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus. Proceedings Kandy Society of Medicine, 28.
  13. A Ariaratnam, Leading Article on Snake Bite and its management SLMA News Letter October/November 1993, 1-2.

Published papers  

  1. N.Senanayake,A Ariaratnam, L Karaliedda (1988) Acute Organosphosphorous Insecticide Poisoning during Pregnancy. Human Toxicology, 7, 363-364.
  2. N.Amarasekara, A Jayawardena, A Ariyaratnam, U C L Hewage & Anslem De Silva. (1994) Bite of a sea snake (Hydrophis spiralis): a case report from Sri Lanka. J Trop Med Hyg; 97: 195-198.
  3. K S A Jayasinghe and A Ariaratnam (1994) Letter to the Editors: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) in Russell’s viper envenomation. Ceylon Medical Journal; 39, 2, 112-113.
  4. Ariaratnam A Angina. Patient information Booklet Ceylon College of Physicians, S 2.3,1995.
  5. Ariaratnam A Migraine. Patient information Booklet Ceylon College of Physicians, S 2.4,1995
  6. Ariaratnam A (1995) Management of Snake bite. Critical Care Booklet by College of Physicians Sri Lanka,1995
  7. Ariaratnam C A, Meyer W P, Perera G. Eddleston M, Kuleratne S A M, Attapattu W, Sheriff R, Richards A M, Theakston R D G  & Warrell D A (1999). A new manospecific ovine Fab fragment antivenom for treatment of envenoming by the Sri Lankan Russell’s viper (Daboia ruselii russelii): a preliminary dose – finding and pharmacokinetic study. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 61, 259-265.
  8. Eddleston M, Ariaratnam C A, Meyer PW, Sheriff MHR etal. (1999) Epidemic of Self – poisoning with seeds of the yellow oleander tree (Thevitia peruviana) in northern Sri Lanka. Trop Med Int Health:4: 266-73.
  9. M  Eddleston, CA Ariaratnam, L. Sjostrom, S Jayalath, K Rajakanthan, S Rajapakse, D Colbert, WP Myer, G. Perera, S Atapattu, SAM Kularatne, MHR Sheriff, DA Warrell. (2000) Acute yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) poisoning: cardiac arrhythmias, electrolyte disturbances, and serum cardiac glycoside concentrations on presentation to hospital. Heart, 83: 301-6
  10. Rezvi Sheriff, CA Ariaratnam, HD Shiromani Nissanka, KRN Sandanayake, JSPJ Fernando & R Fernando (2000), Early studies using the IPCS Intox data sheets in poison information at the National Hospital, Sri Lanka.  Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 33, 130-134.
  11. Senaka Rajapakse, K Rajakanthan, H Ariyasena, S Mangaleshwaran, W Atapattu, Ariaranee Ariaratnam, Rezvi Sheriff ( 2000) Guidelines for the management of yellow oleander poisoning (with special reference to the use of Kanerutab),  Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 33,145-148.
  12. C Ariaranee Ariaratnam, Lena Sjostrom, Zeenia Raziek, S Abeysinghe M Kularatne, RWK Kodikara Arachchi, MH Rezvi Sheriff, R David G Theakston and David A Warrell (2001). An open randomized comparative trial of two antivenoms for the treatment of envenoming by Sri Lankan Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii russelii). Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 95, 74-80.
  13. C A Ariaratnam, APT Chang, KSA Jayasinghe, Rezvi Sheriff (2001) Bilateral cortical necrosis following hump nosed viper bite. Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 34, 35.
  14. Eddleston M , Senarathna L, Mohamed F, Buckley N, Juszezak E, Sheriff M, Ariaratnam A, Rajapakse S Warrell D, Rajakanthan K (2003) Deaths due to absence of an affordable antitoxin for plant poisoning.  The Lancet, Sep 27, 362, (9389): 1041-44.
  15. C A Ariaratnam (2003) Sri Lankan Persepective of Snakes & Snake bites. Sri Lankan Doctor Volume 1; August
  16. Manouri P Senanayake, C Ariaranee Ariaratnam et. Al., (2005) Two Sri Lankan Cases of identified sea snake bites without envenoming. Toxicon, 45, 861-63.
  17. Dr C A Ariaratnam (2004) M Phil Thesis “ A National, Hospital Based Survey of snakes (Venomous and Non Venomous ) responsible for human bites in Sri Lanka – A Clinico – Epidemiological Study:”
  18. Michael Eddleston, Ariaranee Ariaratnam et.al.,(2007) The hazards of gastric lavage for intentional self-poisoning in a resource poor location. Clinical Toxicology, 45 (2) 136-143.
  19. C A Ariaratnam, V. Thuraisingam , S.A.M. Kularatne , M.H.R. Sheriff , R.D.G. Theakston,  A. de Silva , D.A. Warrell ( 2008) Frequent and potentially fatal envenoming by hump-nosed pit vipers (Hypnale hypnale and H. nepa) in Sri Lanka: lack of effective antivenom. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, (2008) 102,1120 -1126.
  20. Warrell. Distinctive Epidemiologic and Clinical Features of Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus) Bites in Sri Lanka. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 79(3), 2008, pp. 458-462.
  21. C A Ariaratnam, M H R Sheriff, Carukshi Arambepola,  R D G Theakston, D A Warrell (2009) Syndromic approach for treatment of snake bite in Sri Lanka: based on results of a prospective national hospital-based survey of patients envenomed by identified snakes. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 81 (4). 2009. pp.725-731
  22. C A Gnanathasan,F I Achike, J Abdullah (2010) Perceptions of Examinees (Students) and Examiners (Faculty) of OSCE at the International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. MEDICAL EDUCATION, 44 (Suppl. 4): 1–13
  23. Tan CH, Leong PK, Fung SY, Sim SM, Ponnudurai G, Ariaratnam C, Khomvilai S, SitprijaV, Tan NH (2010) Cross neutralization of Hypnale hypnale (hump-nosed pit viper) venom by polyvalent and monovalent Malayan pit viper antivenoms in vitro and in a rodent model. Acta Trop. 2010; 117: 119-24.
  24. Isbister GK, Shahmy S, Makarim MFM,Fahim M, Abeysinghe C, Karunatilake H,  Ariaratnam CA (2011) A Randomised Controlled Trial of Two Infusion Rates to Decrease Reactions to Antivenom. Clinical Toxicology vol. 49 no. 3.
  25. Rodrigo C, Ariarathnam A (2011) Hypothyroidism causing paralytic ileus and acutekidney injury - case report, Thyroid Research, Vol 4: 7.
  26. Ariaratnam, Ariaranee; Rodrigo, Chaturaka; Peranantharajah, T; Coonghe, Anita (2012) Saw-scaled viper bites in Sri Lanka, is it a different subspecies? Clinical evidence from an authenticated case series. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 2012; 86(2),pp. 254-257.
  27. Tan CH , Sim SM , Gnanathasan CA , Fung SY , Ponnudurai G , Pailoor J , Tan NH  (2011)  Enzymatic and toxinological activities of Hypnale hypnale (hump-nosed pit viper) venom and its fractionation by ion exchange high performance liquid chromatography . The Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical DiseasesJVAT ISSN 1678-9199 | 2011 | volume 17 | issue 4 | pages 473-485.
  28. Choo Hock Tan, Nget Hong Tan,  Si Mui Sim,  Shin Yee Fung, Christeine A Gnanathasan (2012) Immunological properties of Hypnale hypnale (hump-nosed pit viper) venom: Antibodies production with diagnostic and therapeutic potentials Acta Tropica122 (2012) 267-275. 
  29. Isbister GK, Shahmy S, Makarim MFM, Fahim M, Abeysinghe C, Karunatilake H, Ariaratnam CA (2012) A randomised controlled trial of two infusion rates to decrease reactions to antivenom. Plos one ( in press)
  30. Christeine Ariaranee Gnanathasan, Juriah Abdullah, Francis Ifejika Achike (2012) Promoting students’ acceptability: a survey of examinee (students) and examiners (faculty) perception of OSCE in a Malaysian medical school. Journal of Medical Education (Taiwan). (in press)
  31. Champika SSK Gamakaranage, Chaturaka Rodrigo , Sajitha Weerasinghe, Ariaranee Gnanathasan, Visvalingam Puvanaraj, Harshani Fernando (2011) Complications and management of acute copper sulphate poisoning; A case Discussion. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2011, 6:34 doi:10.1186/1745-6673-6-34