Dr. P.H.I.U.Waidyatilaka

MBBS, MSc, MIBiol, PhD

 

SENIOR LECTURER

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

FACULTY OF MEDICINE

UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

SRI LANKA

 

Contact information:

Residence : No 40, Nandimitra Place, Colombo 6, Sri Lanka.

Office : Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.

Telephone : 0777347722 (Mobile)

0112697485 (Office)

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ACADEMIC RECORD

1996 MBBS (1st class honours)

2008 MSc in Medicine

2010 Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, University of Colombo

2010 Accreditation from the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), United Kingdom

2014 PhD

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2013 Presidents Award for Scientific Publication

2013 Sri Lanka Medical Association prize for the best poster presentation - 126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association.

2014 National research Council (NRC) merit award for scientific publication

2015 Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) Postgraduate Research Award (Merit Award)

2015 Sir Nicholas Atygalle Award –128th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association.

2015 Nutrition investigator award Asian Congress of Nutrition, Yokohama, Japan -Awarded to an established researcher with proven excellence in the field of nutrition research.

 

FELLOWSHIPS

2009 International Atomic Energy Agency Fellowship on Assessment of body composition and micronutrients in Nutrition at Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

2012 International Atomic Energy Agency – Workshop on “ Nuclear techniques related to nutrition and non-communicable diseases”. ST. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India.

 

PROFFESSIONAL DETAILS

1996 – 2008 Medical officer attached to the Ministry of Health serving in multiple hospitals in different categories of hospitals in various parts of Sri Lanka.

2008 Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2014 todate Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2015 todate Visiting Senior Lecturer, MSc in Human Nutrition, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2016 Visiting Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Pathology, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo.

 

PROFFESSIONAL DETAILS

1996 Medical Officer registered with The Sri Lanka Medical Council: registration number 12728

2014 Additional qualifications registered with The Sri Lanka Medical Council

PhD (Field of specialization – Nutrition)

Certificate of proficiency as a Nutritionist

Resulting in registration as a Nutritionist: registration number - 081

 

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka - Life member

Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka – Joint Secretary 2016-todate

Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka – Council member 2015-2016

Sri Lanka Medical Association - Life member

Sri Lanka Medical Association - Communicable Diseases committee – committee member 2008 -2012

Sri Lanka Medical Association - Non communicable diseases committee – committee member 2009 – 2012

Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Life Member

Institute of Biology – Life member (MIBiol)

Fellow – Academy of General Education

Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka – Life member

Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists – Life member

 

NATIONAL ADVISORY AND REVIEW COMMITTEE

2017 National consultation to develop policy to regulate marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages (FNAB) to children. World Health Organization and Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine.

2016 Consultative meeting on Nutrition Profiling and WHO recommendation on marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children. Ministry of health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

2015 Consultative meeting to review and finalize the graft guidelines on food fortification of the National Policy Guidelines developed by the Food advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

 

TECHNICAL COMMISSIONED REPORTS: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

2015 National Medicines Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Health.

 

PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED INDEXED JOURNALS

Waidyatilaka, I., de Silva, A., de Lanerolle-Dias, M., Atukorala, S. and Lanerolle, P., 2016. A field tool for prediction of body fat in Sri Lankan women: skinfold thickness equation. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 35(1), p.31.

Waidyatilaka, I., de Silva, A., de Lanerolle-Dias, M., Wickremasinghe, R., Atukorala, S., Somasundaram, N., & Lanerolle, P. (2014). Lifestyle patterns and dysglycaemic risk in urban Sri Lankan women. British Journal of Nutrition, 112(06), 952-957.

Waidyatilaka I, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S, Somasundaram N, et al. (2013) Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in South Asian Women: Time to Review Current Recommendations? PLoS ONE 8(3): e58328. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058328.

Waidyatilaka I, Lanerolle P, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, de Silva A. 2013 Body composition in urban South Asian women; development of a bioelectrical impedance analysis prediction equation Annals of Human Biology 2013:40:4, 360-367.

 

COMMUNICATIONS WITH PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

International Scientific Meetings

Jayasinghe L, Waidyatilaka PHIU, Jayasena S, Lanerolle P. Body composition and iron status of Sri Lankan urban women aged 30 to 45 years. 130th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2017 Published in the proceedings page 252.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S. Effectiveness of a lifestyle modification programme in reducing cardiometabolic risk markers in urban Sri Lankan women with prediabetes. 128th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2015 Published in the proceedings page 132.

Perera HUD, Thoraeniya T, Waidyatilaka PHIU. Awareness and practices regarding stretching and strenghthening exercises among school rugby players in the Colombo district. 128th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2015 Published in the proceedings page 202.

Waidyatilaka I, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Effectiveness of a culturally appropriate lifestyle modification programme in reversing prediabetes in urban Sri Lankan women 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition, Yokohama, Japan. 2015. Published in the proceedings page 127.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, Lanerolle P. Development of a skin fold thickness prediction equation to assess fat mass in urban Sri Lankan women 127th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2014. Published in the proceedings.

Waidyatilaka I, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S, Somasundaram N, & de Silva A. 2013. Evidence for a need to review current recommendations: sedentary behaviour and physical activity in urban South Asian women. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM (Vol. 63, pp. 881-882). ALLSCHWILERSTRASSE 10, CH-4009 BASEL, SWITZERLAND: KARGER.

Waidyatilaka I, de Silva A, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S, Somasundaram N, & Lanerolle P. (2013, January). Biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk are associated with poor lifestyle practices in urban Sri Lankan women. 2013. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM (Vol. 63, pp. 231-231). ALLSCHWILERSTRASSE 10, CH-4009 BASEL, SWITZERLAND: KARGER.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, Atukorala S , Somasundaram N, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R. Knowledge attitudes and practices regarding type 2 diabetes mellitus, nutrition and lifestyle in urban Sri Lankan women. 126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Published in the proceedings PP 45, Page 125.

Waidyatilaka I, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Cardiometabolic risk factors among women with elevated systolic blood pressure.3rd Biennial Conference of the South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP-3) Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012. Published in the proceedings - OP 11 Page 70.

Waidyatilaka I, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Comparison of body fat and blood pressure in urban adult women. 44th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2012. Published in proceedings - OP 37-3 Page 110.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Contribution of physical activity and sedentary behaviour to glycaemic status in urban women. Sri Lanka Medical Association. 125th Anniversary International Medical Congress. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Published in 2012: Cey. Med. J; 57 (S1); 17.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, Lanerolle P, de Silva A, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Knowledge attitudes and practices regarding diabetes in an urban female population in Sri Lanka. XI Asian Congress of Nutrition, 2011. Singapore. AnnexA.2.

 

National Scientific Meetings

Perera HUD, Thoraeniya T, Waidyatilaka PHIU. The relationship between performance, knowledge and practices among school rugby players in Colombo district. Annual Scientific Sessions of The Physiological Society of Sri Lanka on 28th November 2015. Published in the proceedings page 22.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, Lanerolle P, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Development of a bioelectrical impedance analysis prediction equation to assess body composition in urban Sri Lankan women. Annual Academic Sessions of Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka 2013. Published in the proceedings - Page 18.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, Lanerolle P, de Silva A, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Nutrition, lifestyle and Type 2 diabetes mellitus: knowledge attitudes and practices in urban women. Annual Academic Sessions of Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka 2012. Published in the proceedings - OP7, Page 19.

Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Wickremasinghe R, Somasundaram N, Atukorala S. Measures of body fat in diabetic and non-diabetic females. 2011: Cey. Med. J; 56 (S1); 15.

Atapattu PM, Waidyatilaka PHIU, Subhasinghe SASP, Wijesiriwardena B. Transient central diabetes insipidus in organophosphate poisoning. 119th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2006. Published in proceedings OP9, Page 11.

 

EDITOR/REVIEWER

2017 Editor/ Faculty of Medicine - University Research Symposium

2014 - 2017 BMC obesity

2016 National Science Foundation

2015/17 Annual Scientific Sessions of Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka.

2016 National Science and Technology Commission – 6th Young Scientists Forum symposium.

 

RESEARCH GRANTS AND POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

2009 -2012 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Research Contract- grant number 15920: Project on body composition analysis, biochemical risk markers and its applications in identifying risk of body fat related cormorbidities - (Co- investigator).

2016 to date International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Corporation grant – SRL 6035: Reducing cardiometabolic risk by addressing adolescent health and nutrition. Ongoing doctoral project on body composition and energy expenditure through stable isotopes and development of a physical activity intervention programme (Co-investigator).

 

Postgraduate supervision

PhD/MSc by research

2017 todate Co-supervisor - School based physical activity intervention in 11-13 year old adolescents. H.P.M Dabare (Registered for MPhil/PhD).

2015 Principle supervisor - Association between fat free mass and iron status in overweight women. R.P.M.L. Jayasinghe (MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

2015 Co-supervisor - Association between Apo A polymorphysim on HDL in overweight women. E.N.G. Pillay (MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

 

INSTITUTIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS (FACULTY OF MEDICINE)

2016 – to date Secretary – Research and Higher Degrees committee

2015 – to date Chairperson – Endocrine and Metabolism module

2014 – 2015 Convenor – Endocrine and Metabolism module committee

2015 – to date Committee member - Applied Sciences Stream Committee

2015 – to date Committee member – Nutrition and Growth and Development module committee

2015 – to date Committee member - Cardiovascular module committee