• 20th Annual Academic Sessions of Forensic Pathologists were held in Kandy on 11th and 12 December 2021


  • Medical students, participated at the 20th Annual Academic Sessions of Forensic Pathologists


  • Several papers were presented by the postgraduate trainees at the 20th Annual Academic Sessions of Forensic Pathologists
    1. Dr. C.S Chandradasa
    2. Dr. N.P Kulathunge
    3. Dr. C.U Wickramasinghe



  • Prof. H.V Fernando memorial oration was delivered by Prof. Dinesh Fernando at the 20th Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka on 10th December 2021.


  • Certificate awarding ceremony of Diploma in Forensic Medicine for Lawyers and Judges 7th batch was held at the Department of Forensic Medicine on 19th of November 2021.



  • Prof Deepthi congratulated the team which received the best poster award at the SLMA 134th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2021 (Title of paper; “Usefulness of Virtual Autopsy in Diagnosing Pathologies in the Pediatric Population – a systematic Review, authored by Edussuriya DH, Wickrmasinghe CU, Perera S, Herath N).

  • Prof. Amal attended an awareness programme of “Worlds Children’s Day Celebration 2021” organized by the National Child Protection Authority and District Secretariats, Kandy on 15.10.2021 as a resource person.

  • The department conducted a special case conference on 28.09.2021, regarding a government worker injured by a trap gun within government premise.


  • Prof. Deepthi Edussuriya participated as a judge at the “Euthyphro 2021” ethics competition organized by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on 25.09.2021

  • The Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology University of Colombo, organized an online inter- medical faculty debate on, 'A national DNA database of all citizens should be maintained for law enforcement' on 16th August 2021 at 6.30 pm via Zoom and Facebook.
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  • The Department of Forensic Medicine conducted a workshop on "Medicolegal issues for Emergency Medicine trainees” on 06th August 2021. Lectures were conducted by Dr. Prabhath Senasinghe (Consultant JMO, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya), Prof. Sarathchandra Kodikara, Prof. Dinesh Fernando and Prof. Amal Vadysinghe.


  • The inauguration ceremony of the 8th Batch of “Diploma in Forensic Medicine for Lawyers and Judges” organized by the Department of Forensic Medicine was held on 31st July 2021 via Zoom with the participation of 71 registered students. The inaugural lecture was conducted by Prof. Dinesh Fernando.

  • The annual Forensic Medicine debate on "Global medical malpractice laws do more harm than good" was held on 15th July 2021, via zoom under the guidance of Prof. Dinesh Fernando. Medical students of 2017/18 batch organized the event.
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  • The Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science and Law, volume 12 issue 1 was published on 25th May 2021 (
  • Professor Amal Vadysinghe conducted an awareness program on “The role of the teacher in prevention of child abuse” for primary school teachers of Medadumbara Divisional Secretariat on 07th April 2021 Auditorium, Teldeniya on 07th April 2021


  • The autopsy complex of the department was upgraded to conduct high risk autopsies. A camera system was also installed to enable viewing of autopsies remotely.

  • A body was referred to the department by the Magistrate, Batticaloa, for the conduct of a 2nd autopsy examination on 02.07.2021. This was a case of a young man who died while in police custody.


  • The Consultant JMOs and postgraduate trainees of the department made a scene visit to Gampola regarding a death of a baby on 12.07.2021 based on a court order given by Acting Magistrate, Gampola.


  • Prof. Sarathchandra Kodikara submitted a request to Hon. Minter of Justice with copes to several relevant authorities regarding legislation for “Smelling of liquor”. A reply was received from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding this.

  • 24.03.2021: Journal club presentation by guest speaker Prof. Kalana Maduwage
    Topic-"Enzyme immunoassays for detection and quantification of venom of Sri Lankan snakes: Application in Forensic diagnosis"


  • 17.02.2021: A COVID-19 positive autopsy was conducted successfully in the mortuary of the department, a report of which appeared in the "Divaina" newspaper on 18.02.2021
  • 15.02.2021: A presentation on "Safety check for high risk autopsies" was done by Dr. Kudagammana (Consultant Medical Microbiologist)

  • 22.01.2021-23.01.2021 The following were achieved at the 19th Annual Academic Sessions of College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka;
    • 1st Place in Concept paper category -K.A.S.Kodikara, A.Izzath , S.Wijerathna ,P. Jayasooriya,and M.Kudagama. Novel tools for assessment of drunken driving: Are they legal within the Sri Lankan jurisdiction?
    • Presentations were made by all the Postgraduate trainees at the Free Paper Session: Forensic Pathology
    • Mr. Laxman Gunatilake and Ms. Mithila Wijerathne of Non- academic staff co-authored two research papers presented at this session.

  • 17.01.2021 : An article by Prof. Sarathchandra Kodikara was published in the Sunday Lankadeepa- . “මත්පැන් ගඳ වහනයෙන් බීමත් බව තීරණය කිරීම විද්‍යාත්මකව නිවැරදිද?”

  • Commendable presentation : HMCL Herath, T Rajapaksha, D Edussuriya, DDKS Karunanayake, WD Chandrasena. Identifying risk factors for development of psychological morbidity among new entrants to the University of Peradeniya: preliminary results of an ongoing study. 43rd Proceedings of the Annual academic sessions of the Kandy society of Medicine, Sri Lanka, 2021; 87

  • Prof. A.N.Vadysinghe was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka.

  • Prof. Sarathchandra Kodikara was positioned as a Council Member of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka for year 2021


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