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First International certificate course on Laboratory Animal Science in the Asian region

The first International certificate Course on Laboratory Animal Science in Sri Lanka as well as in the Asian region was held at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The resource persons of the course were from Netherlands, Thailand, Singapore and Sri Lanka. This course was organized to achieve following objectives.

  • To disseminate basic facts and principles (knowledge and skills) that are essential for the humane use and care of animals recruited for research
  • To support a critical and analytical attitude towards the scientific knowledge underlying laboratory animal science related activities
  • To improve quality of research conducted in Sri Lanka and other countries in the region.

Organizing committee:

  • Course Organizer – Professor Mangala Gunatilake
  • International Collaborators – Professor Vera Baumans, Dr Harry Blom, Mr Pim Rooymans
  • Co – collaborator – practical sessions - Dr Mayuri Thammitiyagodage
  • Resource persons :

    • International – Professor Vera Baumans, Dr Harry Blom, Mr Pim Rooymans, Dr Joannes Cornelius Meijer, Dr Montip Gettayacamin, Professor Ralph Bunte
    • Local - Professor Mangala Gunatilake, Dr Mayuri Thammitiyagodage, Dr Angela de Silva, Dr Ashoka Dangolla, Professor Vajira H W Dissanayake, Dr Nayana Wijayawardhane, Dr Tharanga Thoradeniya, Dr T Chenthuran, Mrs Champa Fernando

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Physiology Museum

The Department of Physiology of Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo was established in 1870 at the time of inception of the Colombo Medical School. There were various types of equipment in the department that were utilized for teaching, practical, research and maintenance purposes. The department retains a few 'antique' instruments used for physiological experiments in the previous century. Some of them are quite “elegent” and are markedly different from what we see today.Our efforts in making a Physiology museum in the department were aimed at collating all these remaining items and preserving them for the future generations. We have a small collection at present on which we hope to expand to achieve the dream of a grand Physiology Museum.We gratefully request you to donate any antique equipment relevant to physiology possessed by you so that it will enhance our collection.

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Interactive CDs on physiology practicals

Interactive CDs on physiology practicals developed by the department are available at a nominal fee for students.



Identification of cells in a stained thin blood film

Measurement of whole-blood clotting time

Measurement of renal concentrating power using relative mass density and osmolatity of urine


An introduction to contraceptive methods

Blood groups

Bleeding time test


Measurement of blood pressure

Measurement of erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

Examination of vision


Osmotic fragility test

Electrocardiography (ECG)




Physiological changes during exercise

Audio visual lesson on peak expiratory flow rate.

Prothrombin time test


Manual of lumbar puncture

Bedside tests of hearing

Hess' test


Measurement of packed cell volume (PCV).

Measurement of blood pressure.(2nd Edition)