RESEARCH COMPETENCIES | SAITM - Faculty of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

- Papers submitted to the annual academic sessions of SLCOG held in August 2015.
   1. "Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy following Septicaemia due to ruptured pelvic abscess"
   Pathiratne PASR, Hewawasam MB, Samarasinghe R, Ranawaka H, Kapuwatta W, De Silva A. , Perera KS, Weerasekara DS
   Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine.

   2. "Histological Analysis of endometrial biopsies done via flexible hysteroscopy in women presenting with abnormal uterine bleeding in
   peri and post menopausal age group – Retrospective Study
"
   Pathiratne PASR, Hewawasam MB, Weerasekara DS
   Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine.


Department of Microbiology

Prof. Nelun de Silva. MBBS (Patna), Dip Micro (Col), MD Micro (Col)
Professor in Microbiology, Consultant Microbiologist, NFTH
Contact: e mail: nelundes@yahoo.co.uk

Research interests: Medical Education and hospital associated infections

Dr. Sepali Gunewardena. MBBS (Col.), Dip Micro (Col), MD Micro (Col)
Senior Lecturer, Consultant Virologist, NFTH
Contact: e mail: sep20@yahoo.com

Research interests: Immune Deficiency

Dr. Vindya Perera.
BVSc Hons. (Pera.), Reading for MPhil (Col)
Contact: e mail: v.perera83@yahoo.com

Research interests: Antibiotic resistant
Ongoing postgraduate research for MPhil:
In vitro assessment of antibiotic resistance of clinically significant
bacterial isolates and identification of the genes coding for their resistance.

Ms. Pradeepa Basnayake.
BSc. Human Biology Hons. (J’pura)
Contact: e mail: isurumalibasnayake@gmail.com

Research interests: Bacteriology


Department of Community Medicine

Dr. Roshini Susiriwardena. MBBS (Ruhuna)
Lecturer

Ongoing research: Health related quality of life among breast cancer patients
who presents at cancer clinics in Maharagama cancer institute.

Dr. Vindya Rajakaruna. MBBS (Colombo), Dip HA, PGDip HD
Lecturer

Ongoing research: Prevalence of obesity among general practitioners in Western province


Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Kaushalya Perera. MD(Rus), Mphil (toxicology)
Lecturer

Ongoing research: "Yellow Oleander Poisoning"



Department of Clinical Medicine

Professor Kolitha Sellahewa MBBS., MD., FCCP., FRACP(Hon.)
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Head of Department
e-mail : kolithah@gmail.com

Research interests:
   ~ Snake bite
   ~ Dengue
   ~ Diabetes
   ~ Leptospirosis
   ~ Development of practical management guidelines
   ~ Audits

Dr. Vindya Rajakaruna. MBBS (Colombo), Dip HA, PGDip HD
Lecturer

Ongoing research: Prevalence of obesity among general practitioners in Western province


Department of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Psychology Research Unit
The Psychology Research Unit in the Department of Psychology and Medical Psychology at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine is dedicated to highlighting the important contribution of psychological factors to overall well-being of individuals. The main objective of the Psychology Research unit is to contribute to the development of researchers through exposure to a wide array of research areas related to health and psychology. Current research projects focus on broad topics: health beliefs, aspects of psychological well-being, psychosocial and management issues in catheter patients, and parents’ perceptions of child health.

Research Competencies
Completed Projects
Study 1: A study on purpose in life and happiness in adults
              Dr. Malathie Dissanayake and the research team Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Study 2: A study on the effect of health beliefs on quality of life in patients
              Dr. Malathie Dissanayake and the research team Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Ongoing Projects
Study 3: A study on psychosocial, interpersonal and management issues in patients who use long-term urinary catheters
              Dr. Nandalal Gunaratne - Dept. of Surgery
              Dr. Malathie Dissanayake - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Mr. Nilanga Abeysinghe – Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Mrs. Chandrika Dassanayake – Dept. of Nursing

Proposed Projects
Study 4: A study on parents’ perception of a healthy child
              Dr. M. Dissanayake - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Mr. N. Abeysinghe - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Ms. Subhashini Herath - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Study 5: A study on the effectiveness of mentoring program at SAITM
              Dr. Malathie Dissanayake - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Mr. Nilanga Abeysinghe - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Study 6: A study on using learning management systems in medical education
              Dr. Malathie Dissanayake - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Mr. Nilanga Abeysinghe - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology
              Ms. Subhashini Herath - Dept. of Psychology and Medical Psychology

Research Presentations
Paper Presentations:

              Dissanayake, M. P. (2015, October).The effect of self-efficacy on patients’ perceptions of general health:
              The mediating role of positive affect. Paper presented at Annual Research Sessions 2015,
              Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

              Dissanayake, M. P., & Rupasinghe, P. D., Samarasinghe H. L., Ellawala A., Jayathungage A. I., Gunawardene N. N.,
              Vidanagamage, M. (2015, August). Mediating effect of self-efficacy and positive affect on the link between
              beliefs about the benefits of health behaviors and life satisfaction.
              Paper presented at International Conference in Applied Psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

              Jayathungage, A. I., Dissanayake, M. P., Rupasinghe, P. D., Samarasinghe, H. L., Ellawala, A., Gunawardene, N. N., &
              Vidanagamage, M. (2015, August). Age-related trends in value of general health, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction.
              Paper presented at International Conference on Social Sciences, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

              Dissanayake, M. P., & Rupasinghe, P. D., Samarasinghe H. L., Ellawala A., Jayathungage A. I., Gunawardene N. N.,
              Vidanagamage, M. (2015, May). Intercorrelations among health beliefs and affect.
              Paper presented at International Conference Public Health, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

              Dissanayake, M. P., & Rupasinghe, P. D. (2014, October). The Effects of Health Beliefs on Life Satisfaction of Patients.
              Paper presented at International Conference in Applied Psychology, BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Poster Presentations:

              Rupasinghe, P. D., Dissanayake, M. P., Samarasinghe, H. L.,Gunawardana, N. N., Vidanagamage,
              M. R., Jayathungage, A. I., Ellawala, P. A., Peiris, A. C. N., Kamble, S. V. (2014, April).
              Purpose in Life and Happiness. Poster presented at Medical Research Symposium at
              South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Malabe, Sri Lanka.

   
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