To sustain and promote optimum nutrition throughout life of an individual to strengthen and support the health of the nation.
To improve the nutritional status of Sri Lankans through bio medical research to achieve the national nutritional goals set by the Government of Sri Lanka in the national Nutritional Policy.
- Supplementary and Therapeutic Food Formulation
- Dietary studies
- Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching
- Capacity Building of Health Personnel
- Technical expertise
1938 – The Department of Nutrition was established at the De Soyza Bacteriological Institute (Now MRI) for the purpose of researching prevailed major nutritional problems at the time of Director Dr.Lucian A.Nicholas (Eng) 1915 – 1939 , who lectured Bacteriology and Tropical Medicine but had wide range of interests including Nutrition.
Dr.Nimalasuriya (MRCP) 1945 – 1949, headed the department of Nutrition since then and he became the first Sri Lankan Director of the Institute from 01/08/1945 and changed the name of the Institute as Medical Research Institute in 1946.
1936 - Dr.Lucian A.Nicholas 1976 – Dr.Brigthy De Mel
1945 - Dr.Nimalasuriya 1987 - Dr.W.D.A.Perera
1959 – Dr.D.B.Gunasekara 199 – Dr. G. Gunawerdena
1966 – Dr.Mahadeva 1996 – Dr.C.L.Piyasena
2007- Dr Renuka Jayathissa
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