Professor Ravindra Fernando
Senior Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology,Faculty of Medicine,University of Colombo.

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 M.B.B.S. (Ceylon), University of Sri Lanka, 1975,              

Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Clinical and Pathology), Society of Apothecaries, London, 1980 

M.R.C.P. (UK), Royal College of Physicians, London, 1981

M.R.C.Path. (UK), Royal College of Pathologists, UK, 1983

M.D. (Sri Lanka), University of Colombo, 1984

F.R.C.P. (London), Royal College of Physicians, London, 1994   

F.R.C.Path. (UK), Royal College of Pathologists, UK, 1996

F.C.C.P. (Sri Lanka), Ceylon College of Physicians, Sri Lanka, 1996  

F.R.C.P. (Glasgow), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, 1999    

F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh), Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, 2000

F.C.G.P. (Sri Lanka), College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka, 2001

 

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS:

 A.        Second Class Honours in 2nd M.B. (1973) and Final M.B.B.S. Examinations of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1975)

B.        Commonwealth Scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan tenable in the United Kingdom for postgraduate training in Forensic Medicine, October 1979 - September 1981

C.         WHO Fellowship on ‘Medical Education’ tenable in Singapore for 3 months, 1989

 D.        WHO Fellowship on ‘Management of Poisoning’ tenable in The Philippines for 10 days, 2004

 

OTHER SPECIAL AWARDS:

 A.      Sri Lanka Jaycees “Outstanding Young Persons Award for Social Medicine,” 1987.

B.        Lion's “Most Outstanding Citizen's Award for Medicine and Health Care,” 1

C.        President's Award for Excellence in Research, 1999 and 2002.

D.        Award of Excellence “For the Efforts in Prevention of Drug Abuse and Support to NGOs in Sri

           Lanka,” presented at the 20th International  Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse (IFNGO) held in Colombo, 2003.


PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS AND PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS:

 1.         “Acute Poisoning” Ceylon Medical Journal 1977; 22: 90-93.

 2.         “Some epidemiological aspects of poisoning” (with Professor N. Kodagoda). Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement  of Science, December 1977, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

3.         “Attempted homicide with arsenic” Clinical Toxicology 1979; 14: 575-577.

 4.       "Examination and reporting of victims of assault to Police and Courts in Sri Lanka” (with Professor H.V.J. Fernando). Tenth Meeting of the International  Association of Forensic Sciences, Oxford, England, September 1984.  Journal of Forensic Science Society, 1984; 24: 397.

 5.       “Sudden natural death - comparative analysis of Pathology in Sri Lanka and England". Proceedings of the 98th Annual Sessions of the Sri  Lanka Medical Association, March 1985, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 6.      “Social and medico-legal aspects of restrictive laws on termination of pregnancy in Sri Lanka”. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1986 - 87; 13: 110-112.

 7.         “Gluten sensitive enteropathy in a patient with dermatitis herpetiformis” (with  D.G. Harendra de Silva, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine,  University of Ruhuna, Galle and W.Chularatne, Consultant Dermatologist,  Teaching Hospital, Galle). Ceylon Medical Journal 1985; 30: 183-185.

 8.    “An unusual case of fatal accidental paraquat poisoning” (with D.G. Harendra de Silva and T.S.D. Amarasena, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna). Forensic Science International, 1990; 44: 23-26.

  9.    “Respiratory failure from severe organophosphate toxicity due to absorption through the skin” (with J.B. Peiris and Kusum de Abrew, Institute of Neurology, General Hospital, Colombo). Forensic Science International 1988; 36: 251-253.

10.   “Sudden unexpected death due to familial hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy”. Forensic Science International 1990; 46: 285-288.

 11.       “A National Poisons Information Service for Sri Lanka”. Veterinary and Human Toxicology 1987; 29 (suppl.2): 2-3.

12.       “Non-accidental injury to children - report of a fatal case in Sri Lanka” (with Professor Priyani Soysa and Professor J.C. Nanayakkara) Ceylon Medical Journal 1986; 31: 193-196.

13.       “Medical certification of cause of death in the General Hospital, Colombo”.  Ceylon Medical Journal 1990; 35: 71-74.

14.       “Alopecia totalis due to arsenic poisoning” (with Dr. C.N. Wijeyaratna, Dr. S.R. Jayatilleke, Dr. M.H.R. Sheriff and Professor K. Dharmadasa). Proceedings of the Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, March 1987, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 15.       “An unusual type of traffic fatality in passengers in private buses” (with Dr. Sydney Premathiratne). Proceedings of the Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, March 1987, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

16.       “The first kidney transplantation in Sri Lanka” (with Dr. Rezvi Sheriff et al.).  Ceylon Medical Journal 1987; 32:15-34.

 17.       “Plant poisoning in Sri Lanka”. In: “Progress in Venom and Toxin Research” Editors: P.Gopalakrishnakone and C.K.Tan, National University of Singapore, November 1987: 624-627

  18.       “Poisoning - emerging trends in Sri Lanka”. Proceedings of the Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine, 14th February 19

  19.       “Poisoning in Sri Lanka”. Editorial. Ceylon Medical Journal 1988; 33: 39-41.

 20.       “Effects of agro-chemicals on human body”. In “Use of Pesticides and Health  Hazards in the Plantation Sector”, Published by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Colombo, 1988. ISBN 955-607-000-1

21.       “Medico-legal aspects of kidney transplantation”. The Law Commission Bulletin 1988; 9: 23-27

22.       “Preventable acute organophosphate poisoning deaths”. Ceylon Medical Journal 1989; 34: 139-142.

 23.       “A prospective study of acute poisoning at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for  Children” (with Dr. G.N. Lucas, Consultant Paediatrician Lady Ridgeway  Hospital, Colombo). Proceedings of the 102nd Anniversary Sessions of the Sri  Lanka Medical Association, 1989, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

24.       “The first year of the National Poisons Information Centre of Sri Lanka”.  Proceedings of the 102nd Anniversary Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical  Association, 1989, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 25.       “The Poison Centre of Colombo”. Journal de Toxicologie Clinique et  Experimentale, 1989; 9: 144-146.

26.       “Suicide by electrocution” (with S. Liyanage). Medicine, Science and the Law 1990; 30: 219-220.

27.       “National Poisons Information Centre in a Developing Asian Country - The First Years Experience”. Human and Experimental Toxicology 1990; 9: 161-163.

 28.       “Setting Up a Poisons Information Service - Experience in Asia.” Proceedings  of the First Malaysian/Asian International Meeting and Workshop on Prevention  and Management of Poisoning by Toxic Substances, 1989.

 29.       “Health Status of Tea Pluckers in Sri Lanka”, (Sir Marcus Fernando Oration of   the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1990). Journal of the Ceylon College of  Physicians, 1995; 28: 100-108.

30.       “Poisoning with Plants and Mushrooms in Sri Lanka: A Retrospective Hospital   Based Study.” Veterinary & Human Toxicology, 1990; 32: 578 - 581.

31.       “Contraception, pregnancy loss and child survival in the plantation sector.”Proceedings of the Seminar on “Family planning research and emerging issues for the nineties”, 15th-17th June 1990, Colombo.

32.       “Preliminary observations on faunal succession (Cyclorrhapa) of animal and  human corpses in Sri Lanka” (with S. Liyanage et al.). Annual Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka,

33.              “Acute Poisoning: A Major Health Concern in Sri Lanka” (with Prof. Dulitha Fernando). Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 1991; 5: 297-301.

 34.       “Accidental disc battery ingestion.” Ceylon Medical Journal 1992; 37: 53-54.

 35.       “The role of the medical expert in medical negligence cases.” Proceedings of  LAWASIA '93 12th-16th September 1993, Colombo.

 36.       “Plants used for suicidal purposes”. Proceedings of Symposium on "Plant Poisons", Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, UK. 24th February 1994.

 37.       “Estimation of time elapsed since death of a corpse using entomological methods - I. Succession of the species of sarcosaprophagous flies on carcasses in different areas of Sri Lanka” (with S. Liyanage, N. Kodagoda and W.A. Samarawickrama). Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 51st Annual Sessions, November 1995.

38.       “Estimation of time elapsed since death of a corpse using entomological methods - II. Duration of    the immature stages of Ch. rufifacies and Ch. megacephala and the application of the data to estimate the time of death of 6 human cases” (with S. Liyanage, N. Kodagoda and W.A.

amarawickrama). Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 51st Annual Sessions, November 1995.

  39.       “Childhood Poisoning in Sri Lanka” (with Prof. Dulitha Fernando). Indian   Journal of Paediatrics, 1997; 64: 17-19.

  40.       “Application of Entomology in Forensic Science in Sri Lanka” (with S. Liyanage, N. Kodagoda and W.A. Samarawickrama). Proceedings of the 14th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Science, Dublin, 1997. Accepted for publication in Forensic Science International.

41.       “Olinda Keliya- a fatal kids' game” (with Dr. S. Wijeratna et al). Proceedings of  the Scientific Sessions of the Ceylon College of Paediatricians, July, 1997.

42.       “Poison Control Centre in Sri Lanka: Highlights and Experiences” In: Essentials of Clinical Toxicology. Ed: Prof. S.B. Lall. Narosa Publishing

House, New Delhi. 1998: 275 - 279.

 43.       “Medico-legal Aspects of The Thai Air Bus Crash near Kathmandu, Nepal” (with Prof. Peter Vanezis). The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 1998; 19 (2): 169 - 173.

44.       “Toluene di-isocyanate exposure in a glove manufacturing plant” (with Dr. S.H. Siribaddana and Dr. Anula Wijesundera). Clinical Toxicology. 1998;  361(1&2): 95-98.

45.       “Homicidal poisoning with Glibenclamide” Medicine, Science and the Law,  1999; 39: 354-358.

46.       “Chronic occupational poisoning”. In Occupational Health: A Handbook for Doctors. Published by the Department of Community Medicine, University of  Colombo, 1998; 80 - 84.

47.       “Prevention of non-communicable diseases - challenges in the next century” (Presidential address of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1998).

Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1999; 32:

48.       “A study of forensically important Sarcosaprophagous fly species recovered from human corpses in Sri Lanka” (with J.A.S. Liyanage and W.A. Samarawikrema). Proceedings of the International Association of Forensic Sciences Meeting, 22 – 28 August 1999, Los Angeles, US

49.     “Poisoning: Dissemination of life saving information - Activities and experience over a decade” (Murugesar Sinnatamby Oration of the Sri

Lanka Medical Association 199

 50.       “National Poisons Information Centre in Sri Lanka – Experience of the First Ten Years”, Proceedings of the "20th International Congress of European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists", 2 - 5 May 2000, Amsterdam, The Nethe

51.     “Torture, Disappearances and Death in Custody in the Civil War Situation in Sri Lanka”. Proceedings of the 7th Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia. 16 – 21 September 2001.

52.        “Deficiencies in the English Coroner System, as practised in a Former British Colony”. Proceedings of the 7th Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia. 16 – 21 September 2001.

53.        “Medical Negligence – The Sri Lankan Scene”, E.M. Wijerama Endowment Lecture of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 16th November 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

54.    “Human Rights, Torture and Death in Custody in Sri Lanka”. Medico-Legal Society Oration, 9th August 2002.

55.       “The National Poisons Information Centre in Sri Lanka: The First Ten years”. Clinical Toxicology, 2002; 40(5): 551-555

56.       “Pesticide poisoning in the developing world - a minimum pesticides list” (with M. Eddleston et al). The Lancet, 2002; 360: 1163-1167.

57.       “Landmark Case of Medical Negligence in Sri Lanka”, Ceylon Medical Journal, 2002.

58.         “Pesticide Exposure in Sri Lanka”, In: “Silent Invaders - Pesticides, Livelihoods and Women's Health” Edited by Miriam Jacobs and Barbara Dinham. Published by Zed Books, London, UK, 2002

59.       “Toxicological analysis of body fluids and samples in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the 116th Anniversary Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2003, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

60.      “A Study of the Investigation of Death (Coroner System) in Sri Lanka”, Medicine, Science and the Law, 2003; 43(3) 236-240.

61         “Poisoning in Sri Lanka – The Past, Present and the Future”. Presidential  address,  Sri Lanka Medical Association, January 2004.

62         “Unsuspected Meningoencephalitis in a Case of Assault by Blunt Force Trauma.”  (with Marjorie Black, David Graham and David Kean)

The  American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 2003; 24(4): 356

63.      “Development and implementation of a web-based Poison Information Service (PIS)”, (with Dr. S. P. Premaratna and Dr. D. S. Gunaratna). Proceedings of the  17th Anniversary Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2004,  Colombo, Sri Lanka.

64.       Human rights, torture and deaths in custody in Sri Lanka”; In “50 Years of Excellence – Ranjith Abeysuriya P.C.” Ed: Thanuja Rodrigo.published by Rasa Publication, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2005.

65.       “A study of victims of Road Traffic Accidents Admitted to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka” (with Ravi Nanayakkara). Proceedings of the

7th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, Hong Kong. 21-26 August 2005.

66.       “Torture in Custody and Kill on the Road”. Proceedings of the 17th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, Hong Kong. 21-26 August 2005

67.       “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Sri Lanka”  Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 25th February 2006.

68.       “The impact of pesticide regulations on suicide in Sri Lanka”. (With Prof. David Gunnel et al) International Journal of Epidemiology.2007 Dec;36(6):1235-42.

 69.      “Acute paracetamol poisoning – A new epidemic in Sri Lanka”. 6th Annual Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology,Bangkok, Thailand. 12-14 December 2007.    

70.       “Pesticide Poisoning in Sri Lanka” (With A.D. Weerasuriya) 6th Annual Congress of Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, Bangkok, Thailand. 12-14 December 2007. 

71.       “Poisoning – A Modern Epidemic in Sri Lanka”. Centenary Colonel Henry Steele Olcott Memorial Oration of the Old Boys Association of Ananda College, Colombo. November 2008.

72.       “The effectiveness of an educational intervention on behaviour change among health care providers on gastrointestinal decontamination practices of patients with acute ingestion of poison.” (With W.D.A.S. de Silva and S. Shahmy) “7th Congress of the Asia Pacific Association of

Medical Toxicology”, Chandigarh, India. 8-10 December 2008.

73.      “The National Poisons Information Centre, Sri Lanka – Twenty Years of Service” “7th Congress of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology”, Chandigarh, India. 8-10 December 2008.

74.       “Sudden infant death syndrome/unexplained infant deaths in Sri Lanka”.(With Dr. N. Abeyasinghe) The Medicine Science and

the Law. 2008;48(4):325-8.

75.       “Improvement in survival after paraquat ingestion following introduction of a new formulation in Sri Lanka.” (with Wilks MF,  Ariyananda

PL, Eddleston M, Berry DJ, Tomenson JA, Buckley NA, Jayamanne S, Gunnell D, and  Dawson A.) PLoS Med. 2008 Feb;5 (2):e49.

76.       “Homicide of six family members using multiple methods in Sri Lanka.” (With Dr. N Abeysinghe and Dr. S. Niranjan) Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Medicine. 2009;16(8):486-8.

 77.       “A study of suicides reported to the Coroner in Colombo, Sri Lanka.” (With M. Hewagama et al). Medicine Science and the Law 2010;50:2528.

78.       “Time trends and factors influencing survival following paraquat ingestion in Sri Lanka”. (with Martin Wilks et al). Presented at the 12th International Congress of Toxicology “IUTOX 2010”. Barcelona, Spain. 19-23 July 2010.

79.       “Formulation changes and time trends in outcome following paraquat ingestion in Sri Lanka” (with Martin Wilks et al) Clinical Toxicology 2011;49:21-28.

BOOKS PUBLISHED:

 1.   “Bibliography of Publications in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences Relating to Sri Lanka 1811-1984” August 1986. Published by the Natural  Resources, Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka. ISBN 955-9047-00-0.

2.   “Management of Pesticide Poisoning” October 1988,  Published by the Pesticides Association in Sri Lanka. ISBN 955-9047-00-0. 

 3.   “First-Aid and Treatment for Poisoning” September 1988. Published by Mackwoods-Winthrop Ltd. ISBN 955-9053-00-0.

4.   “Management of Acute Poisoning” Published by the National Poisons Information Centre. Sponsored by the World Health Organization. 1991. ISBN 955-9126-00-8.

5.     “Pesticide Poisoning in Sri Lanka - Review of Eighties and the Outlook for nineties” (with Prof.  Dulitha Fernando) Published by the National Poisons Information Centre. 1995.  ISBN No. 955-9126-01-6.

 6.    “Principles of Medical Negligence” (with Dr. L.C. de Silva). Published by the Institute of Health Studies, 1996, ISBN 955-9495-00-3.

7.      “Management of Poisoning”. Published by the National Poisons Information Centre. Sponsored by the World Health Organization. 1998, ISBN 955-8083-01-1

8     “Impunity in Sri Lanka”, (with D.S.W. Munasinghe). Published by the Family  Rehabilitation Centre, Colombo. 1999, ISBN 955-8267-00-7

 9.   “Medico-Legal Aspects of Torture”. Published by the Family Rehabilitation Centre, Colombo. 2001, ISBN 955-8267-02-3

10.    “Inquest” (in Sinhala) Published by Vijitha Yapa Publishers. Colombo. 2002, ISBN 955-80-95-24-9

11.       "First-aid and Prevention of Poisoning" with Dr Shantha de Silva (in Sinhala). Published by the National Poisons Information Centre, Colombo. Sponsored by the World Health Organization. 2002, ISBN 955-9126-02-4

12.       “Management of Poisoning” Second Revised and Updated Edition. Published by  the National Poisons Information Centre, Colombo. Sponsored by the World     Health Organization. 2002. ISBN 955-8083-02-3

13.    “A Murder in Ceylon – The Sathasivam Case” Published by Vijitha Yapa Publishers, 2006. ISBN 955-1266-20-X

14.   “Banned Chemicals in Sri Lanka” with Dr Shantha de Siva. Published by the National Poisons Information Centre. 2007 ISBN 955-9126-03-2

15.    “Sri Lanka, LTTE and the British Parliament” Published by Vijitha Yapa Publishers. 2007. ISBN 978-955-1266-86-8

 16.  “Management of Posoning.” (Third Revised and Updated Edition) Published by the National Poisons Information Centre. Sponsored by the World Health Organization. 2007. ISBN 955-8083-01-1

17.    “20 Years of Life Saving Information: National Poisons Information Centre” Published by the National Poisons Information Centre, Colombo. 2008

18.    “Trends of Firearm Injuries in Sri Lanka” Published by the Medical Defence Organisation (Private) Limited. 2010 ISBN 978-955-0417-00-1

EDITED PUBLICATIONS:

  1.    “Pesticides in Sri Lanka” 1989, Published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung,   Colombo. ISBN 955-6057-001-X

  OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

 1.   Brochure in all National Languages and English on “First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning”, sponsored by the World Health Organization, 1988.

 2.   Colour posters in National Languages and English on “Poisoning”, sponsored by the World Health Organization, 1990.

3.    Colour posters in all National Languages and English on “Plant Poisoning”, “Food Safety”, and “Snake bite”, sponsored by the World Health Organization, 2002

 MEMBERSHIP/POSTS HELD/HOLDING IN THE UNIVERSITY, LEARNED  SOCIETIES, PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND COMMITTEES:

1 Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 1977 to date.

2. Joint Secretary, Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, 1978/79.

3. Founder Council Member, Sri Lanka Doctors' Association in United Kingdom, 1982.

4.  Member, Medico-Legal Society of Great Britain 1982/83.

5.  Honorary Treasurer, Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, 1984/85.

6.   Founder Council Member, Ceylon College of Pathologists, 1985/86.

7.  Secretary, Research & Higher Degrees Standing Committee, Faculty of  Medicine, University of Colombo, 1988/89.

8.   Member and Examiner, Board of Studies in Forensic Medicine, Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine, 1985 to 2009.

9.   Member, Medical Committee of the Family Planning Association, 1986 to 1998.

10.  Member, Sub-committee on Treatment & Rehabilitation, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1988.

11.  Secretary General of the 2nd Indo-Pacific Congress in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences held in August, 1986 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

12. Founder Secretary General, Indo-Pacific Association of Law, Medicine and  Science, August 1986 to 1989.

13.   Member, National AIDS Committee for Prevention and Control of AIDS in Sri  Lanka, Ministry of Health, 1988 to 1990.

14.   Founder Council Member, Sri Lanka Association of Nephrologists and  Transplant Surgeons 1988 to 1992.

15. Member, International Programme on Chemical Safety (ILO-UNEP-WHO)/International Development Research Centre (Canada) working group on "Preparation of a Poisons Information Package for Developing Countries, 1988 to date.

 16.  Corresponding Member, World Federation of Association of Poison Control  and Clinical Toxicology Centres, 1988 to 1990.

17. Member, Senate of the University of Colombo, 1988 to date.

18. Member, International Programme on Chemical Safety (ILO-UNEP-WHO)/Commission for the European Community (CEC) Working Group on “Evaluation of Selected Antidotes used in the Treatment of Poisoning” 1989/90.

19. Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989.

20.  Founder Vice President, Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, 1989/90.

21.  Honorary Secretary, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1990 and 1994.

22.  Founder President, Toxicology Society of Sri Lanka, 1990.

23. Member, World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel for Vector Biology and Control, 1990 to date.

24. Regional Secretary for Asia, World Federation of Associations of Clinical  Toxicology and Poison Control Centres, 1990 to  1992, and 1994.

25. President, Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, 1991 to 1994.

26.  Member, “Scientific Committee on Pesticides” of the International  Commission on Occupational Health, 1991 to 1994.

27.   Assistant Editor, POISINDEX Information System Editorial Board, USA, from March 1994 to date.

28.  Member, Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Advisory Committee of the Ministry of  Health, 1995 to 1998.

29.  President, Faculty of Medicine Teachers’ Association, 1995/96.

30.  Board member, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, 1996 to 1998.

31.   Member, Board of the Family Rehabilitation Centre, 1996 to 2008.

32.   President, Ceylon College of Physicians, 1998

33.   Council member, British Scholars Association of Sri Lanka, 2001 and 2002.

34.   Member, “Sub-committee on Law and Order” of the National Chamber of Commerce, 2001 to 2006.

35.  Founder member, Sri Lanka College of Forensic Pathologists, 2000.

36.  Council member, Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, 2002 to 2009

37.  President, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2004.

38.  President, College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka, 2006.

39.  Chairman, Board of Studies in Forensic Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, 2006 to 2009.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENC

1.   Since October 1986 to April 2008, I was the Head of the National Poisons Information Centre, which I established in the General Hospital (now National Hospital of Sri Lanka), Colombo.  I was responsible for entire administration including preparation of budgets, staff administration preparing reports and planning.

2.   Since September 1988 to 1999, I was the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. I was responsible for all administrative activities and providing a service function to police and courts in all aspects of medico legal work. The department has a staff cadre of 18.

3.   Since September 1997 to 2009, (except for a period of 18 months), I was the Director of the Centre for the study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. The Centre functions with a Board of Management, chaired by the Vice Chancellor. My responsibilities include administration, negotiating project grants from donors and implementing projects. The Centre has a staff cadre of 20.

4.   From March 2001 to May 2004 (except for a period of 3 months), I was the Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, established under the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Act no. 11 of 1984. The Board is the principal National institution charge with the formulation and review of National Policy relating to the prevention and control of Drug abuse. Its functions include co-ordination of activities of all agencies engaged in the prevention and control of drugs, promotion of treatment and rehabilitation measures for drug dependents undertaking research studies in to all aspects of drug abuse (medical, legal, social, cultural, and economic), and maintaining liaison with national, regional and international organisations involved in drug control activities. The also has for rehabilitation centres for drug dependents. The Board has a staff cadre of 175.

INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL COOPERATION:

 1.  The National Poisons Information Centre in Sri Lanka was established with the technical cooperation of the National Poisons Unit, London, UK, resources provided by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, and the assistance of the International Programme on Chemical Safety (Joint venture of the ILO, UNEP, and the WHO).

2.   I have assisted professional colleagues to establish the Poison Information Centres in New Delhi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal.

RESEARCH AWARDS:

 1. “Bibliography of publications on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences” Natural resources, Energy and Science Authority of Sri Lanka (1985).

 2.  “The cases of sudden natural death in a community”, University of Colombo (1985).

 3.  “National Poison Information Service for Sri Lanka”, International Development  Research Centre, Canada (1986-1989). This grant was given to establish a   National Poisons Information Centre in Sri Lanka. The Centre was started in the  General Hospital, Colombo, on 11th January, 1988.

 4.  “Determination of time of death using Sarcosaprophagous insects as forensic indicators” Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority of Sri Lanka (1991-1993).

5.  “Socio-economic factors associated with poisoning at home” Voluntary Fund for the International Year of the Family (IYF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (1995-1996).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/NOMINATIONS:

1.   Member of the British team which investigated the Thai Airways crash in Kathmandu, Nepal. August, 1992.

2.   Nominee of the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Expert Group on Exhumations and Missing Persons in Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2000.

3.    Member, Presidential Task Force on Child Abuse, 1998/99.

4.    Conducted a critical review of two research documents on “Information Needs of Adolescent Sexual Behaviour” for Plan International 2006.

5.    International Consulting Editor, “Medicine Science and the Law”- from 2010

PRIVATE/BUSINESS ACTIVITIES:

 1.    Chairman, Medical Defence Organisation, from 1996 to date. 

 2.   Director, The Colombo Pharmacy Co. Ltd, from 2000 to 2009