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One of the MRI consultants was awarded President's Award for Scientific Publications - 2017 on 6th Nov 2017

Dr Lilani Karunanayake -Consultant Bacteriologist

 

Short description on Medical Research Institute

The Medical Research Institute (MRI) is the premier centre in the country for bio-medical and applied health research. MRI conducts research in diversified areas in the fields of Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitlogy, Rabies, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Histo-Pathology, Hematology, Immunology, Entomology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Mycology, Health Informatics and Animal Studies.

MRI currently provides training to a verity of Diplomas,  graduate and post graduate causes as well. The diploma causes are MLT and Entomology .  The graduate causes are BSc in Information Technology conducted by  the University of Moratuwa. The postgraduate causes are Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitlogy, Chemical Pathology, Histo-Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, , Molecular Biology, Mycology  and Transfusion Medicine which are conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

MRI is also a major service provider for all hospitals in Sri Lanka with special and specific diagnostic laboratory tests. It also functions as a National Laboratory for Japanese encephalitis, measles, rubella and influenza and as the regional reference laboratory for poliomyelitis.

 

New   publication Of MRI Researchers

CMJ  Vol 62, Issue 1, March 2017 ( Ingestion of dug well water from an area with high prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) and development of kidney and liver lesions in rats

Authors: M G Thammitiyagodage , M M Gunatillaka, N Ekanayaka, C Rathnayake, N U Horadagoda, R Jayathissa, U K Gunaratne, W G Kumara, P Abeynayake

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Currently Important News- Zika Virus

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In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

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Zika virus selectively infects and kills glioblastoma cells in mice

09/05/2017 06:00 PM EDT

Researchers describe the impact of ZIKV on glioblastoma cells in human tissue samples and mice

Diagnosing facility is currently available at MRI- Sri Lanka

Zika virus Real-time PCR Test  Brief guideline (Qualitative assay ) for send-out samples

Special Request for  sending samples in case of suspected Zika virus infection

 

 

This section was last Updated on 06.09.2017