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November 2008
Highlights of the First Academic Day
The first Academic Day of GaRNet (Galle Research Network) was held Inside This Issue
on 27th November 2007 at the Clinical Lecture Theatre of the Faculty of Medicine, which was wel attended by the staff from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna and the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya. Highlights of the First
The Day had an auspicious start with lighting of the traditional oil lamp, which then was followed by the welcome address by the Director of Academic Day
GaRNet, Professor S. Lekamwasam. The Dean Professor P.L. Ariyananda Activities of GaRNet 2008
Upcoming Events
The theme of the Day was “Evidence Based Medicine” and Dr Senaka Rajapakse introduced the topic to the audience with his guest lecture, Academic Day 2008
“Evidence Based Medicine; an Introduction”, which was very informative. This was fol owed by a second guest lecture by Dr Ruchika Programme
Lanerolle on the evidence based approach to the conservative Publications from Faculty of
Medicine 2007/08
The GaRNet introduced a novel approach to the Academic Day by delivering a lecture through DVD format on Evidence Based Laboratory Medicine by Drs John Whitfield and Chris Florkowski, distinguished
members of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists. The
concluding guest lecture for the morning session was by Dr Anuruddha
M Abeygunasekera onManagement of Urinary Incontinence”.
The afternoon session was for the free papers and there were nine oral
presentations of original research on varying themes.
Activities of GaRNet 2008
Lunch-Time Lectures – 2nd Thursday of the Month - LTD

Sampling Methods and Selection of Controls – Dr PV De Silva Quality Assurance of Data – Professor Chandrani Liyanage

Research Forum – 4th Thursday of the Month –Senior Common room

Newborn Thyroid Screening –Dr Manjula Hettiarachchi Relationship of Serum Leptin with Historical Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Body Composition – Dr Jeevantha Nanayakkara

Qualitative Research Methodology 1
Dr Bilesha Perera, Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine and Dr Harshani Rajapaksha, Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry were the resource persons. Qualitative Research Methodology 2
Prof Jeanne Marecek, Department of Psychiatry, Swathmore College, Pennsylvania and Dr Bilesha Perera,
Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine were the resource persons.
From the Journals

An Introduction to Reading and Appraising Qualitative Research.
by Ayelet Kuper, Scott Reeves and Wendy Levinson British Medical Journal(2008) 16; 337 (7666): 404-407

This article explores the difference between qualitative and quantitative research and the need for doctors to be able to interpret and appraise qualitative research. Upcoming Events
Lunch-Time Lectures

Applying for Ethical Approval
Matching the Research Methodology to the Research Question: Quantitative Research
Designing a Questionnaire
Medical Statistics
Selection of Appropriate Tests for Your Data GARNET NEWSLETTER
Academic Day Programme
GaRNet Academic day - 2008
Clinical Lecture Theater, Faculty of Medicine, Galle
8.30 a. m. – 9.00 a.m. Registration and Inauguration
9.00 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. Health Economics (Guest Lectures)
Dr Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo Prof Andrew Dawson, South-Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Col aboration 10.45 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Tea
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 a.m. Free Papers
Chairpersons – Prof C Pathirana & Prof T P Weerarathne 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Funding for Research (Panel Discussion)
Prof S Lekamwasam – National Science Foundation Ms Malathi Weerasooriya – United Nations Population Fund Prof Mirani Weerasooriya – Faculty of Medicine Dr Bilesha Perera – Faculty of Medicine GARNET NEWSLETTER
Publications from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna in
2007 – 2008

1. Lekamwasam S, Wijerathne L, Rodrigo M and Hewage U. (2008) Age-Related Trends in Phalangeal Bone Mineral Density in Sri Lankan Men and Women Aged 20Yr or More. J Clin Densitom. 2008 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] 2. Mudduwa LK, Nagahawatte A de S. (2008) Diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis: combining cytomorphology, microbiology and molecular techniques - a study from Sri Lanka. Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 3. Prasad KP, Tharangani PG, Samaranayake CN. (2008) Recurrent relapses of depression in a patient established on sertraline after taking herbal medicinal mixtures - a herb-drug interaction? J Psychopharmacol. 2008 May 30. [Epub ahead of print] 4. Weerasooriya MV, Isogai Y, Itoh M, Yahathugoda TC, Vidanapathirana KK, Mudalige MP, Kimura E. (2008) Distribution of filarial elephantiasis and hydrocele in Matara district, Sri Lanka, as reported by local leaders, and an immunological survey in areas with relatively high clinical rates. Parasitol Int. 57(3):390-395. 5. Weerasooriya MV, Itoh M, Islam MZ, Aoki Y, Samarawickrema WA, Kimura E. (2008) Presence and gradual disappearance of filaria-specific urinary IgG4 in babies born to antibody-positive mothers: a 2-year follow-up study. Parasitol Int. 57(3):386-389. 6. Kommalage M, Gunawardena S. (2008) IT-based activity in physiology education: an experience from a developing country. Adv Physiol Educ. 32(1):81-85. 7. Liyanage C, Hettiarachchi M, Mangalajeewa P, Malawipathirana S. (2008) Adequacy of vitamin A and fat in the breast milk of lactating women in south Sri Lanka. Public Health Nutr. 11(7):747-750. 8. Hettiarachchi M, Liyanage C, Wickremasinghe R, Hilmers DC, Abrams SA. (2008) The efficacy of micronutrient supplementation in reducing the prevalence of anaemia and deficiencies of zinc and iron among adolescents in Sri Lanka. Eur J Clin Nutr. 62(7): 856-865. 9. Weerasooriya MV, Yahathugoda CT, Wickramasinghe D, Gunawardena KN, Dharmadasa RA, Vidanapathirana KK, Weerasekara SH, Samarawickrema WA. (2007) Social mobilisation, drug coverage and compliance and adverse reactions in a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Sri Lanka. Filaria J. 15; 6:11. 10. Lekamwasam S and Lenora J. (2007) Age-related trends in hip geometry in Sri Lankan women: a cross- sectional study. J Bone Miner Metab. 25(6):431-435 11. Lekamwasam S, Rodrigo M, Arachchi WK and Munidasa D. (2007) Measurement of spinal bone mineral density on a Hologic Discovery DXA scanner with and without leg elevation. J Clin Densitom. 10(2): 170-173. 12. Rameez MF, Goonewardene IM. (2007) Nitric oxide donor isosorbide mononitrate for pre-induction cervical ripening at 41 weeks' gestation: A randomized control ed trial. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 33(4): 452-456. Source – PUBMED Search Criteria: Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle – Year 2007-2008 GaRNet, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle Edited by Dr ID Siriwardhana, E-mail: Phone 0912234801Ext 324 Fax: 0912222314


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