Dr.Janith Warnasekara Received “Early Career Research Award” at ILS 2019, Vancouver, Canada
Dr.Janith Warnasekara, received the International Leptospirosis Society “Early Career Research Award” in the ILS 2019 held in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr.Warnasekara presented two papers; “Microgeographical difference of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka” and “Use of Quantitative PCR to Detect Lower Level of Leptospiraemia: Improving the Sensitivity and Validity “. The latter was a paper on improving a long practiced misinterpretation of realtime polymerase chain reactions on leptospirosis diagnosis. Using experimental and clinical approaches, change of diagnosis from “not detected” to “probable” was suggested under certain conditions, changing the widely accepted “possible, probable and confirmed” case definitions for leptospirosis.
The research work was a part of ICIDR research project on DoCM; a collaborative project with Yale University, USA funded by National Institute of Health, USA. DoCM received five years funding for leptospirosis research from this grant.
Dr H.E.C.S Kumara won the award for the best oral presentation at the 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions
Dr H.E.C.S Kumara won the award for the best oral presentation at the 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Physiological Society of Sri Lanka held on 30th November 2019. The title of the presentation was “Are siblings of dementia patients poor in cognitive performance?”. The authors are Kumara H.E.C.S, Wickramasinghe A, Caldera M, Dassanayake T L. This research work is funded by the Rajarata University.