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 This page was last updated on 03.11.2016

Meaning   of  Research

Research in common wording refers to a search for knowledge.
One can also define research as a scientific and systematic search
for pertinent information on a specific topic. In fact, research is an
art of scientific investigation. Dictionary form gives meaning of
research as “a careful investigation or inquiry specially through
search for new facts in any branch of knowledge.”In another form
" A systematized effort to gain new knowledge.”


MRI Research Committee

This body has a remit to provide a unified approval process for research to promote consistent, proportionate standards for compliance and inspection and facilitate medical research in Sri Lanka by providing funds and also work in partnership with other organisations to ensure the promotion and research governance of health research.

Chairperson -   Dr. Sunil De Alwis -DDG (ET & R) Ministry of Health


Secretary   -    Dr. Malika Karunarathne - Consultant Immunologist, email: /


Assistant Secretaries -

                              Ms. Apeksha Warusawithana- Research Officer

                              Mr . G.K.J.N. Udara- MLT

Assistant : Mr Thilina Madushanka( SKS)



Dr W.L.L.U.C. Kumaratilake/ Director(Actg) , MRI

Dr. Pradeep Karunasena / Deputy Director, MRI

Dr Risintha Premarathne/ Consultant Community Physician- Ministry of Health

Dr. Dulmini Kumarasinghe/Consultant Virologist

Dr Renuka Jayathissa/ Consultant Medical Nutritionist

Dr. Gaya Katulanda /Consultant Chemical Pathologist

Dr. Jude Jayamaha/Consultant Virologist

Dr. L. Karunanayake/Consultant Microbiologist

Dr S. Nananayakkara/Consultant Virologist

Dr. Nishali Ekanayaka /Consultant Pathologist

Dr. M.V.S.C. Pathirage/Consultant Microbiologist Food & Water

Dr. Priyanka Herath/Consultant Haematologist

Dr. Primali Jayasekara/ Consultant Mycologist

Dr. Sagarika Samarasinghe/Consultant Parasitologist

Dr. N. R de Silva /Consultant  Immunologist

Dr. Sunethra Gunasena/ Consultant Virologist

Dr. H.T. Deepaka Sanath/MO-Health Information

Dr. Mayuri Thammitiyagoda - Veterinary Surgeon

Dr R. Karunakaran

Mrs. Kumudu Kulatunga/Senior Research Officer

Mr.  R.  Ramesh/Research Officer

Ms Devila Perera/Research Officer

Ms W.A.S. Wijendra/Research Officer

Mrs K.G.R. Kuruppuarachchi/Research Officer

Ms T.J.Silva/ MLT



Important websites and documents

  1. Health Research Web
  2. Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement regarding clinical trials.  The CONSORT Statement and the CONSORT Explanation and Elaboration Document are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 2.0, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
  3. MOH instructions on Conducting Clinical Research in Healthcare Institutions.

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