Message from the Chairman, University Grants Commission
It is with great pleasure that I write this message for the Colombo Medical Congress 2021 organised by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
The global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has greatly affected the lives of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The health of people living with NCDs worsens when synergistic epidemics occur due to the interaction between socioecological and biological factors, resulting in adverse outcomes. These interactions can affect the physical, emotional, and social well-being of people living with NCDs. The congress would facilitate a timely dialogue on “NCDs and COVID-19: Tackling Two Pandemics Through Collaborative Research” which is essential to address or else it will impede progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals especially in a low middle income country like Sri Lanka.
I am certain that the Colombo Medical Congress 2021 will provide a platform to strengthen the relationships in knowledge sharing and provide encouragement for collaborative research. Also it will provide an invaluable opportunity for the undergraduate & postgraduate students and academic staff members of the faculty to showcase their research to a wide audience.
I would like to congratulate the Research Promotion and Facilitation Centre and the Colombo Medical School Alumni Association for their commitment in organizing this congress as a hybrid event despite the difficulties encountered during a pandemic.
As the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, I am proud to be associated with this great team of Colombo Medical Faculty and wish every success in this endeavor.
Message from the Vice Chancellor
I have great pleasure in issuing this brief message of felicitation on the occasion of the Colombo Medical Congress 2021 organized by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. The congress facilitates an important discussion on “NCDs and COVID-19: Tackling Two Pandemics Through Collaborative Research”. The evidence from experts from the globe would impede progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals especially in a low middle-income country like Sri Lanka. It is notable that the creation of an annual forum for research dissemination for undergraduate and postgraduate students has provided a conducive forum for academics and students alike to share, debate and collaborate their research outputs and outcomes. This also encourages prospective and current doctoral students to discuss their research ideas and enhance multidisciplinary research.
My sincere hope is that your efforts would provide new knowledge for academics, practitioners and policy makers to upscale the development of our country, particularly in dealing with the impact of COVID19 epidemic and in keeping with our overarching theme of Impactful Research through Multidisciplinary Approach.
I do hope that the distinguished delegates participating will have ample opportunity to deliberate upon a wide variety of tracks within the conference and thereby help enrich knowledge creation with a purpose in the areas linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.
I extend my very best wishes to the Dean and the Chairs of the organizing committee, Research Promotion and Facilitation Centre, Alumni association along with Heads of Departments and all other academics, academic support and non-academic staff of the Faculty as well as Registrar, Bursar and students, for their singular contributions to make this blended congress a success.
Message from the Dean
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all the in person and virtual delegates to Colombo Medical Congress 2021. The Inaugural Congress held last year as the pandemic was breaking out was a grand success. The Colombo Medical Congress, from this year, would become an annual event in the calendar of the Faculty and it would be held in the last quarter of the year. I would like to invite the alumni of the Faculty to keep the time free and make it an occasion to make an annual visit to the Faculty to enjoy not only the scientific feast but also to the warmth and hospitality of your alma mater.
This year’s theme “NCD and COVID-19: Tackling Two Pandemics Through Collaborative Research” highlights the twin challenges that we face – the omnipresent NCDs and the new challenge COVID-19. We all hope that the lessons that we learned from dealing with COVID-19 would inform new ways of dealing with the NCDs.
I wish to thank Prof. Sampath Amaratunga, our Chief Guest, and Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, our Guest of Honour for accepting our invitation. I also wish to thank Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne, the Vice Chancellor for her support. The conference is enriched by the talks given by the plenary speakers, speakers in symposia, the Bus Stop talks, and abstract and poster presentations. I wish to congratulate Dr. Sumudu Seneviratne, who would be delivering the Faculty Oration, and Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, who would be delivering the COMSAA Oration.
The members of the organising committee, the scientific committee, and members of the administrative staff of the Faculty deserve special mention for their untiring efforts.
I wish all the delegates a productive and enjoyable conference.
Message from the Chairs
We are delighted and privileged to send this message for the Colombo Medical Congress 2021 (CMC21), jointly organized by the Colombo Medical Faculty Alumni Association (CoMSAA) and the Research Promotion and Facilitation Centre (RPFC) of the faculty, aligning with the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo.
The success of CMC2021 belongs to all the members of the organizing committee consisting of academic staff of the Faculty, CoMSAA members and members of the non-academic staff including members of the technical officers’ research community of RPFC. The student members of Medical Faculty Research Community (MFRC) contributed immensely to make this event a reality. The organizing committee received constant guidance from the Dean of the Faculty Prof.Vajira Dissanayake and the Vice chancellor of the University, Prof.Chandrika Wijeratne.
The congress is adorned by a keynote speech by an international expert, two orations, two plenaries and nine symposia. Plenaries and symposia are chaired and resourced by eminent researchers and experts in the respective fields who will share their knowledge and experience on a variety of topics. The oral and poster sessions highlight the cutting-edge research conducted by the researchers of the Faculty and CoMSAA. The medical debate will be an attractive feature in which a timely topic is debated by experts in the field. A separate session for student research is coordinated and chaired by the students of MFRC. Another highlight of the congress is the session organized by the Technology Transfer Office of the RPFC, focusing on innovations and involvement of technical officers of the faculty for innovative research. The post-graduate session will showcase skills of our post-graduate students in communicating research to public.
The organizing committee invite all the researchers in the higher education institutions in Sri Lanka and all CoMSAA members to share, learn and celebrate findings of research at the Colombo Medical Congress 2021. We hope that the CMC will expand and flourish in the years to come.