The SLMA Oration

The SLMA Oration is the most prestigious oration of the Association. Instituted in 1979 it recognizes outstanding achievement in research. It is delivered at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Anniversary International Medical Congress of the SLMA.

Past Orations

2014 – “Hallucinations: tele-creations of the haunted mind”, Professor Nimal Senanayake

2013 – “Epidemiology of snakebite: Investigating the burden”, Vidyajyothi Professor H. Janaka de Silva, MBBS (Col), MD (Col), D Phil(Oxon), FRCP(Lond),FRCP,FNAS (SL), Hon. FRACP, Hon. FRCP (Thailand), Hon. FCGP (SL), Chair and Senior Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama

2012 – Control of Non Communicable Diseases: Where do we begin?, Prof. V. Pujitha Wickramasinghe, MBBS (Col), MD (Paed), DCH (Col), PhD (Col)., Professor in Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo

2011 – Clinical impact of portal vein embolisation and extent of surgical resection on future recurrence with reference to micro metastasis in patients with hepato-cellular carcinoma. Dr R C Siriwardana MBBS, MS, MRCS. GB Ong Clinical Fellow, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong

2010 – Ergonomic factors of Educational Environments and Influence on School-going Early Adolescents. Dr Kapila Jayaratne MBBS, DCH, MSc, MD (Community Medicine), Consultant Community Physician, Family Health Bureau

2009 – Epidemic of diabesity in Sri Lanka – facts and figures – Dr. Prasad Katulanda Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Lecturer in Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2008 – Genetics of Pre-eclampsia and the Weight of Babies at Birth – Dr. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and the Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2007 – Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: A Sri Lankan Experience Orator – Dr. Rajeeva Peiris, Consultant Cardiothoraic Surgeon, Colombo.

2006 – Heart failure – Loss of Homeostasis or Regulation? – Prof C Thissa Kappagoda, Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Ambulatory Care Center, University of California, USA.

2005 – The Use and Functions of the Bone Marrow – from Hominids to the Future – Prof S N Wickramasinghe, Emeritus Professor of Haematology Imperial College, University of London and Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, UK .

2004 – Haemoglobin E ? Thalassaemia: why is it so variable? – Dr Anuja Premawardhena, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama.

2003 – Recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic filariasis; some highlights from the Matara Research Project – Prof Mirani V Weerasooriya, Professor/Head, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

2002 – Unstable carotid plaque : the key to stroke prevention – Dr. Mandika Wijeyaratne, Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

2001 – A new management strategy for tetanus – Dr. Deepthi Attygalle, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Colombo.

2000 – Embryonic stem cells and tissue engineering: New breakthroughs in human medicine – Prof. Ariff Bongso, Research Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

1999 – Yellow Oleander poisoning – in search of an antidote – Vidyajothi Prof. M.H. Rizvi Sheriff, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

1998 – Heart Attacks, Novel Preventive Strategies on the Horizon – Prof. Shanthi Mendis, Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

1997 – Organophosphorus insecticide poisoning – Prof. Nimal Senanayake, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

1996 – Advances in management of snake bite in Sri Lanka – Dr. K. Sellahewa, Consultant Physician, Colobo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubuwila.

1995 – Flexible fibreoptic bronchoscopy as a diagnostic technique in respiratory medicine – Dr. Champa Jayasundera, Consultant Physician, General Hospital, Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda.

1994 – Injuries due to antipersonnal mines in Sri Lanka – Dr. Gamini Goonatilleke, Consultant Surgeon, General Hospital, Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda.

1993 – Reflex Epilepsies: Experience in Sri Lanka – Prof. Nimal Senanayake, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

1992 – Battered Wife Syndrome: A perspective from general practice – Dr. Ananda Perera

1991 – Now Awarded

1990 – Role of planned parenthood for enrichment of quality of life in Sri Lanka – Dr. Siva Chinnathamby

1989 – Mycobacterial skin infections in Sri Lanka – Dr. M. R. A. Perera

1988 – Breast Cancer in Sri Lanka Female – Dr. R.S. Jayathillake, Consultant Oncologist, National Institute of Cancer, Maharagama.

1987 – Epilepsy control in a developing country – Prof. Nimal Senanayake, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

1986 – The outcome of schizophrenia in Sri Lanka – A 10 year study – Dr. Nalaka Mendis, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

1985 – Alcohol dependance syndrome in north western Sri Lanka – Dr. Cyril Wass, Family Physician, Wennappuwa.

1984 – Accidental Trauma – Dr. S.A. Ediriweera, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Surgeon in Charge, Accident Service, General Hospital, Colombo.

1983 – Surgical Management of mitral stenosis in pregnancy – Dr. S. J. Stephen, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, General Hospital, Colombo.

1982 – Congenital heart disease in Sri Lanka: Present status – Future Perspectives – Dr. P.N. Thenabadu, Consultant Cardiologist, General Hospital, Colombo.

1981 – Portal hypertension in Sri Lanka – Dr. S.J. Stephan, Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, General Hospital, Colombo.

1980 – Permanent cardiac pacing – Dr. Upul Wijewardhana, Assistant cardiologist, General Hospital, Colombo.

1979 – Pattern of head injuries in Sri Lanka – Dr. S. A Cabraal, Consultant Neurosurgeon, General Hospital Colombo.