We have pioneered research in diverse fields ranging from basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, behavioral sciences and intervention research through interdisciplinary collaborations at national, regional and international level.

The faculties' institutional objective is to keep abreast of advancing medical knowledge, contribute to new knowledge through research. In order to achieve this academics, students and researchers based in different departments across the faculty are looking at major challenges that face our society, ranging from vector borne diseases, non-communicable diseases, risk factor and behavior modification, cancer and palliative care to social and cultural issues locally relevant and internationally important.

Many academics have taken interdisciplinary initiatives, and make significant contributions to society - regionally, nationally and internationally - through their dedicated and sustained efforts.


Center for Dengue Research

The CDR was established in September 2012 by a cabinet directive in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

Dengue viral infections are the most important mosquito borne virus infection in the world causing significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that 390 million dengue infections occur annually, resulting in approximately 96 million clinically apparent infections predominantly in the resource poor developing countries.

As a result of the high disease burden due to dengue infections, it has been declared a priority infection by the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank. However, until recently dengue infections were not considered as a disease of prime importance and therefore, research on dengue was not given any priority. As a result we still do not have any specific drug treatment for dengue or a vaccine for its prevention.

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Center for Cancer Research

Center for cancer research was established in July 2015 under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge and Dean Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof. Surangi Yasawardene. The aim of this project was to initiate, facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research related to cancer by universities and multidisciplinary collaborative research centres that address themes of national importance.

The activities of the centre are mainly focused on the scientific community in Sri Lanka through provision of funds under the cancer research grant. By providing funds the centre will support numerous research, development & innovation activities/ programmes in all related fields of cancer with a view to enhance the outputs and outcomes which will ultimately benefit the Sri Lankan society. The scientists are encouraged to carry out quality research and innovations which will have a direct impact on the health care system of Sri Lanka.

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Center for Kidney Research

Kidney (renal) disease is a problem encountered throughout the world. At present Sri Lanka is faced with an increase in renal disease with Chronic Kidney Disease being the major disease. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is characterized by progressive destruction of renal mass with irreversible sclerosis and loss of nephrons over a period of months to years, depending on the underlying aetiology. Yet unfortunately the incidence rates, aetiology, and demographic patterns of CKD in Sri Lanka are largely unknown as only few studies have been published on the topic. With the emergence of endemic CKD of unknown aetiology (CKDu) in the North Central Province in the 1990’s, a lot of research has been confined to the study of the aetiology of CKDu. Yet renal failure due to other causes which amounts to a large number has gone unnoticed. Due to rapid increase in diabetes mellitus in Sri Lanka and subsequent increase in diabetic nephropathy, it is predicted that the incidence of renal failure needing renal transplantation will further rise in the future, causing a huge burden to our economy and healthcare resources. Thus, it is crucial to carry out research in determining diagnostic, risk and prognostic factors as well as effective treatment modalities.

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The integrated MBBS curriculum with a preclinical phase, a para clinical phase and a clinical phase combines sound theoretical knowledge with practical skills in laboratory settings and applications in real life situations through teaching learning activities in many diverse setting. Clinical teaching takes place in 2 teaching hospitals; Colombo South teaching hospital and Sri Jayewardenepura General hospital and many other local health care facilities and preventive health care is learned at the Boralesgamuwa Medical officer of Health area.


Flavonoids from Ceylon green tea may be neuroprotective against neurodegenerative diseases and stroke.

tea leaf



Unraveling the pathogenesis of dengue : immunopathological, host genetic and viral factors all contribute to the occurrence of severe disease.




A morphologically distinct Phlebotomusargentipes population from active cutaneous leishmaniasis foci in central Sri Lanka.




Chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology in North Central province of Sri Lanka: is cadmium a likely cause?

chronic kidney


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