Introduction

 

In response to a request from the Sri Lanka University Grants Commission (UGC) for capital development proposals for five year period 1985-1990, the Faculty of Medicine proposed the establishment of a centre for research in tropical medicine (CRTM). This took into account the wide range of medical research that the Faculty was engaged in at the time. These projects included:
    1. Medical problems resulting from wide spread use of agrochemicals
    2. Mycobacterium infections-tuberculosis, leprosy, and non-tuberculous mycobacteria
    3. Aflotoxins in human and animal foods
    4. Malaria, especially in the new colonization zones of the Mahaweli river diversions, hydroelectricity and irrigation schemes
    5. Filariasis
    6. Arboviral infections, especially dengue and Japanese B encephalitis
     

     

    The memorandum was tabled on proposed “Centre for Research in Tropical Medicine” by the Faculty Board of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. The University Council considered Council paper C/85/7 (b) and approved recommending to the UGC the establishment of a CRTM.

     

     

    In view of these constraints, the CRTM commenced its activities in September 1993 on a functional rather than a physical scale. Its main thrust now includes:

    1. Promotion of scientific literacy and scientific research capability
    2. Establishment of research links with national and international centres
    3. Organization of training especially with foreign assistance, it is hoped that physical support of research programmes as through, academic research links and the provision of specialized expertise and equipment, will be possible. This will hopefully include the setting up of specialized laboratories for research.
      The scope of activities of the CRTM was originally and still is, after its inauguration in September 1994, not restricted to the Peradeniya Medical Faculty but to all the national universities as well. The original proposal envisaged a building to include specialized laboratories with equipment to promote research in these areas, administrative and supportive functions (secretarial, a specialized library, technical and secretarial staff). Following the national problems of the mid and late 1980s and early 1990s, these proposals were later curtailed mainly due to lack of funds which were expected from our university system and loss of academic and technical staff due to emigration.
       
      In view of these constraints, the CRTM commenced its activities in September 1993 on a functional rather than a physical scale. Its main thrust now includes:
     
    1. Promotion of scientific literacy and scientific research capability
    2. Establishment of research links with national and international centres
    3. Organization of training especially with foreign assistance, it is hoped that physical support of research programmes as through, academic research links and the provision of specialized expertise and equipment, will be possible. This will hopefully include the setting up of specialized laboratories for research.
       


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