Dr (Mrs) Damayanthi Kusum Kumari Nanayakkara
Senior Lecturer / Nuclear Medicine Physician
 
   
   
Nuclear Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
damayanthi.nanayakkara@med.pdn.ac.lk, damayanthinanayakkara@gmail.com
+94 81 238 8361
+94 81 238 8361
 
   
   
Educational /Professional Qualifications
  • ANMB Fellowship (2015) -Fellow Asian Nuclear Medicine Board (FANMB)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD - Nuclear Medicine) (2002- 2007) - Faculty of Medicine, University of   Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil -Nuclear Medicine) (1998- 2000)- Postgraduate Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) (1990) - Faculty of Medicine, University of   Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Positions Held
  • IAEA Fellow & Clinical Observer, The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust; Department of Nuclear Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom [1 Dec 2014- 26 Dec 2014]
  • Appointed as the Regional Principal by the Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine (ARCCNM) and the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine (ASNM) [Since April 2008]
  • IAEA Scientific visit - National Testing Centre, Auckland Hospital, New Zealand [14th -28th June 2007]
  • IAEA Fellow -St.Lukes Medical Centre, Quizon city, Philippines [July 2003-Feb 2004]
  • Honorary Research Associate in the University Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne ,UK
  • Clinical Observer in the NHS trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK [Aug 1998- Aug 2000]
  • Lecturer in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka [July1997-July 2002]
  • Grade Medical officer in Radiology, Department of Radiology, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sri Lanka [May-1993-July 1997]
  • Medical Officer in Neonatology, Professorial paediatric Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka [March 1992-May 1993]
  • Intern Medical officer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Professorial Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka [Sept 1991-March1992]
  • Intern Medical officer in General Medicine, Professorial unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya Sri Lanka [March1991-Sept.1991]
Teaching Experience
Undergraduate
  • Undergraduate (Medical) Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Undergraduate (Medical Laboratory science), Faculty of Allied Health Science
  • Undergraduate (Nuclear Science) – Faculty of Science, University of Colombo
Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate Teaching (Medical) - Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM)
    • Post MD- Paediatric intensivists
    • Post MD – Endocrinologists
  • Postgraduate Institute of science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya
    • M.Sc. in Medical Physics
    • M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Clinical – Training in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  1. Radiology: May 1993-July 1997 Teaching Hospital , Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  2. Nuclear Medicine – July 1997 – Aug 1998 Faculty of Medicine , University of Peradeniya
  3. Radiology and Nuclear Medicine - August 1998 to August 2000, Dept. of Radiology and Medical Physics, Royal Victoria Infirmary , Newcastle upon Tyne UK. (Special training in CT and MRI)
  4. 8th February 1999 to 15 February 1999 - Basic Medical Physics Newcastle Radiology training scheme, Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Infirmary
  5. 11 - 18 July 2000- Diagnostic Neuro- Scintigraphy using triple headed SPECT gamma camera - Data acquisition and data manipulation, image processing and interpretation and their clinical applications, Regional Medical Physics Unit, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
  6. 21 July 2000 - Radioisotope Renal function Measurements and their clinical applications, Regional Medical Physics Unit, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
  7. 31 July 2000 - The safe administration of unsealed radioactive substances to patients, Radio-Pharmacy and dispensing, Regional Medical Physics Unit, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
  8. 04 August 2000-Scintimamography Regional Medical Physics Unit, Dryburn Hospital, Dharum
  9. 4-8 December 2000- Regional (RCA) Training Course on Radionuclide Techniques in the management of Diabetes Mellitus (organised by the IAEA in co-operation with the Government of Philippines) Philippines Heart Centre, Manila, Philippines
  10. 9-13 April 2001-IAEA-Regional (RCA) Training Workshop on scintimammography, sentinel lymph node detection and intra-operative surgical probe technology Nuclear Medicine Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI), Islamabad, Pakistan
  11. 5-9 November 2001-IAEA-Regional (RCA) Training Workshop on management of thyroid cancer St.Luke’s Medical Centre, Manila, Philippines
  12. 9-13 Sept 2002-IAEA-Regional (RCA) Training Workshop on Radionuclide treatment of Liver cancer Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  13. July 2003- Feb 2004 – IAEA fellowship training, (On Nuclear Medicine In General And Radionuclide Therapy In Particular.) IAEA regular programme of technical training project under man power development – Sri Lanka) St Likes’ Medical Centre, Manila, Philippine
  14. 16 July –15 Aug 2003 Radioisotope technique training course (Medical), 86th session, Philippine Nuclear Research institute, Quezon City, Philippines
  15. Nov 2003-Dec 2003 Training course on Radioimmunoassay, Philippine Nuclear Research institute, Quezon City, Philippines
  16. 8-12 Dec 2003 Training course in the use of Intra-Arterial Radio nuclides for the treatment of Inoperable Liver cancer in cooperation with the IAEA and the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine, Manila, Philippines
  17. 2-6 Feb 2004 Paediatric Nuclear Medicine, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine, IAEA and the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine, Manila, Philippines
  18. 6-10Dec 2004 IAEA Regional (RCA) training course on Interventional methods in Nuclear Medicine P.D.Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai, India
  19. 13-17 Nov 2006 IAEA-Regional (RCA) Training Course on PET application for Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, and Haematologists Maebashi and Chiba, Japan
  20. 5-9 March 2008 SGH Nuclear Medicine Update, Singapore General Hospital Postgraduate Medical Institute, Singapore
  21. 5-9 Nov 2012 Quality Management audits in Nuclear Medicine Practices (QUANUM) Bangkok, Thailand
  22. 10-14 Dec 2012 IAEA/RCA Regional Training course on Imaging in Ischemic Heart diseases and cardiac failure, Yangon, Myanmar
  23. 8 - 12 April 2013 C7-RAS-6.063-002- IAEA/RCA Regional Training Course on Multi-Modality Approaches in the Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Diseases, Measbashi, Gunma, Japan,
  24. Sep 2014 C7- RAS 6061 IAEA /RCA Regional Training course on Advance Hybrid Imaging, Austin Health, Melbourne Australia.
  25. Dec 2014 SRL 6032 IAEA fellowship training in Nuclear Cardiology Spect/ Ct For Oncology, Infection Imaging And Cell Labelling And Molecular Imaging., Royal Liver pool hospital NHS trust , UK
  26. May 2015 RAS 6075 Applications Of SPECT and PET/CT In Paediatric NM And Development Of Training Module For Asian Member states – Manila , Philippines
  27. Nov RAS 6075 Role Of PET/CT In Paediatric Oncology And E-Learning Module Development and Work Plan Review, Jeju, Korea
  28. May 2016 RAS 6078 Nuclear Medicine Techniques In Neurological Diseases: Emphasis On Oncology And Neurology (Icnmp-Pa), Osaka Japan Part 1
  29. ug 2016 RAS 6074 .Regional Training Course On The Role Of Molecular Imaging And Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine Techniques In The Management And Treatment Of Relevant Non-Communicable Diseases, Seoul, Korea
  30. May 2017 RAS 6078 Nuclear Medicine Techniques In Neurological Diseases: Emphasis On Oncology And Neurology (Icnmp-Pa), Osaka Japan Part 2
  31. 19-21 sept 2017  The NIRS training course on radiation emergency medicine in Asia 2017; National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) Anagawa 4-9-1, Inage-ku, Chib-shi, Chiba Japan
  32. 2-6th Oct 2017 - IAEA Regional Workshop on “Occupational Radiation Protection”, Ibaraki, Japan
  33. 5-9th Feb 2018 – IAEA Inter-regional Training Course of Targeted Radionuclide Therapies, in MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, Houston, TX, United State of America
  34. 3-7 Dec 2018 – IAEA Final Meeting for Regional Technical Cooperation RAS/6/082-"Supporting the Applications of Emerging Targeted Therapeutic Radiopharmaceuticals for Radionuclide Therapy", Putrajaya, Malaysia
  35. 3-7th June 2019 - Regional Training Workshop on Production, Quality Control and Health Regulations for Radiopharmaceuticals (EVT1807698) in Singapore
  36. 2-6 Sept 2019 Group Scientific Visit (RAS6091 – EVT 1900082) Streamlined and New Radiopharmaceutical, Hybrid imaging, Therapy and multimodality cardiac imaging at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.Beirut, Lebanon
Academic oriented training courses
  1. 9 September 1998 to 16 December 1998- Endocrinology and Metabolism, Taught   programme for PhD and Biomedical Science students, Department of clinical biochemistry and metabolic disorders, University of Newcastle, UK
  2. 30 September 1998 to 15 March 1999- Professional Skill and Information     Technology for Postgraduates, Medical school, University of Newcastle
  3. 12th Feb 2006 Satellite Symposium on Diabetes, 28th Annual Academic Sessions, Kandy Society of Medicine, Kandy
  4. 14th Feb 2006 Certificate course of Management – Ambulance studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  5. Jan 5th Feb 2008 Pre congress workshop on IUI and day to day management of Infertility,  51st All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
  6. IAEA-KAERI-WCI e-learning course on diagnostic and therapeutic Radioisotope and radiopharmaceuticals application (5th~30th Aug 2019)
Resource Person & Invited Lectures in Continuous Medical Education
  • Resource person in the International consultative workshop for the development of curricula for BSc. Degree Programmes in Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physiotherapy, radiography and Bachelor of Pharmacy” organized by the faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, 11-15-November 2005
  • Resource person and organizer “National workshop and the stakeholders meeting for Newborn Screening for congenital hypothyroidism ‘ in collaboration with the Nuclear Medicine Unit and the International Atomic Energy Agency, 24th Jan 2006
  • Resource person in the “Pre Hospital Emergency Care Training Programme” conducted by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya from 6th February to 3rd March 2006
  • Resource person in the Pre congress workshop on “Role of the Screening Programmes for Better Child Health” organised   by The Galle Medical Association, 18th Sept 2007, Faculty of Medicine, Galle
  • Resource person in the “ Consultative workshop for Decision Making in Establishing Newborn Screening Services in Sri Lanka” organized by the Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, and Colombo 30th May 2008
  • Resource person in the workshop on Development of Southern regional network on screening Newborns for Congenial Hypothyroidism” organised by the Faculty of Medicine Ruhuna, International Atomic Energy Agency and the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka, 17th June 2008 (International Expert mission to strengthen the regional screening programme network for neonatal hypothyroidism, RAS 6042 project Phase 2)
  • Resource person in the work shop on Development of Central Province Newborn screening net work for Congenial Hypothyroidism” organised by the Faculty of Medicine Peradeniya, International Atomic Energy Agency and the Clinical Society of TH Gampola, 19th June 2008 International Expert mission to strengthen the regional screening programme network for neonatal hypothyroidism, RAS 6042 project, Phase 2)
  • Resource person for the Preparation of laboratory guideline for Establishing Newborn Screening for congenital hypothyroidism organised by the Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Colombo Oct 2008
  • Resource person-37th Annual General Meeting organized by the Kandy Branch association of the National Council for Child and Youth Welfare, Sri Lanka, on 4th December 2008
  • Invited Lecturer-Thyroid Day 2011, “Nuclear medicine in Thyroid diseases” ,Crystal ball room , 27th June 2011,  Taj Samudra Hotel. Colombo
  • Invited Lecturer- Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka Annual academic sessions 2011, “NuclearMedicine &Thyroid” 26-27th Aug 2011, Hotel Galadari , Colombo
  • Invited speaker: 11th Asia Oceana Federation of Nuclear Medicine and biology (AOFNMB) and 54th Annual autumn meeting of the Korean society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Date and venue:  31st Oct 2015 to 7th Nov 2015; International Convention Centre (ICC), Jeju,  South Korea-  Invited as a speaker on 3rd Nov 2015 (Hall No 302; 9-11am). Lecture title was Radionuclide Imaging in Urinary Tract Infection in Children. 
  • Reference:
    Current issue 06: D.K.K. Nanayakkara; Radionuclide Imaging in Urinary Tract Infection in Children; Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology 2015;vol 3, supplement 1 page.377-378 (abstract)
  • 18th Sept 2021 participated and contributed as a faculty in 19th Annual conference of Association of Nuclear Medicine Physicians of India (ANMPICON) 2021, Bhubaneswar with the Theme: Nuclear Theranostics: bench to bedside –“Current status of Nuclear Medicine in Sri Lanka “ SARRC Nuclear Medicine community session virtual platform of ANMPICON 2021 
IAEA Regional Project Counterpart
  • RAS 6/043 IAEA Regional Screening Network For Neonatal Hypothyroidism, Phase 11; 2005 (Completed in 2010)
  • RAS 2013 Good Radiopharmacy Practice And Good Manufacturing Practice- 2007 Completed in 2011)
  • RAS 6/061 IAEA/RCA Initial Project Coordination Meeting on Improving Cancer Management with Hybrid Nuclea Medicine Imaging (2012/14)
  • RAS 6/063 “Strengthening the application of Nuclear medicine in the management of cardiovascular disease (2012/2014)- completed
  • RAS 6/067“Strengthening Nuclear Medicine Diagnostic and Therapeutic applications in Oncology in the Asian Region”(2012/2014
  • RAS 6075”Optimizing The Role Of Nuclear Medicine Techniques In The Diagnosis And Clinical Management Of Childhood Cancer And Inborn Diseases - 2014 on going
IAEA National Technical corporation projects: Coordinator
  • SRL6032 “Upgrading Nuclear Medicine Diagnostic Imaging Facilities at University of Peradeniya” (2012/14)
  • SRL 6034 “Strengthening Nuclear Medicine Procedures for Radionuclide Therapy to Improve Clinical Outcome of Patients with Cancer and Chronic Joint Diseases: (2014/15)
Member of coordinated Research Project –on going IAEA MPI –CRP
  • RAS 6063 -IAEA Regional Training Course Director / Financial Officer – July 2014 Improving Nuclear Cardiology Services in Evaluation of Ischemic Heart Disease and Left Ventricular Failure – Colombo .Sri Lanka
  • RAS 6075 - IAEA Regional Training Course Director / Financial Officer – July 2015 Regional Training Course On Principles And Practice Of Paediatric Nuclear Medicine And Application Of Radionuclide Techniques In Paediatric Nephro-Urology Practice , Colombo , Sri Lanka
  • Country coordinator/ project manager, IAEA project for Neonatal screening for congenital hypothyroidism, (RAS 6043), Nuclear Medicine unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya since 2005
  • Country coordinator/ project manager, IAEA project for Good Hospital Radiopharmacy practice, (RAS 2013), Nuclear Medicine unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
Scientific Meetings Attended
  1. 5th Oct 1998 MRI symposium, Postgraduate Institute, Royal Victoria Infirmary
  2. 8-10 Oct 1998 26th British Nuclear Medicine Society meeting, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 24th March 1999 How safe Radiation is? RVI, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
  4. 12th March 2000 Development of Nuclear Cardiology, RVI, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
  5. 13-15 March 2000 19th Joint Meeting of the British Endocrine societies with the European Federation of Endocrine Societies, Birmingham UK
  6. 10-12 April 2000, 28th British Nuclear Medicine Society meeting, Brighton, UK
  7. 21st Oct 2003 Critical Care Symposium: The cutting edge from Filipino American Experts for Filipino Practitioners, Madaluyong City, Philippines
  8. 6th Feb 2004 19th Annual Convention of the Philippine Nuclear Medicine Society meeting, Pasig city, Philippines
  9. 18th March 2005 Workshop on Clinical Research organised by the Research and Ethical Review Committee. Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.
  10. 11-15 Oct 2005 1st International Conference on Radio pharmaceutical therapy (ICRT2005) Limassole, Cyprus
  11. 11-15 Nov 2005 International Consultative Workshop for the Development of Curricula for BSc degree Programmes in Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physiotherapy, Radiography and bachelor of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  12. 5 Jan 2006 Skills Development for Research on Road Traffic Injuries, Road traffic injuries research network in collaboration with the /university of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  13. 3-7 Sept 2007 2nd International Conference on Radio pharmaceutical therapy (ICRT 2007) Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  14. 1-2nd June 2006 Introductory Workshop on Principles and Practice of Counselling, University of Peradeniya
  15. 31 Jan 5th Feb 2008 Pre congress workshop on IUI and day to day management of Infertility,  51st All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
  16. 5-9 March 2008 SGH Nuclear Medicine Update, Singapore General Hospital Postgraduate Medical Institute, Singapore
  17. European Congress of Radiology 2020 online; conducted by European Society of Radiology , July 15-19 , 2020
  18. 33rd Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine – EANM’20 (Virtual) October 22 - 30, 2020
  19. 21-22 Sept 2021 - The 5th QST International Symposium on Radiation Emergency Monitoring and Medicine in Nuclear Disaster −Current Status of Each Country and Future Prospects - live online by Cisco Webex Events from Japan
  20. 21 Sept 2021 The Power of Data: an IAEA Approach to enhance Cancer Support - from Prevention to Palliation – 65th the IAEA General Conference Side Event:
Contribution to the Faculty of Medicine and University of Peradeniya
  • Senior student counsellor (2004, 2005 and 2006)
  • Student Mentor (2005, 2006 and 2007)
  • Member of Student affairs committee   2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Member of Student welfare committee 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Member of scholarships committee 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Member of the selection committee (Faculty nominee- for technical officer grade 11 segment “B”, Faculty of Medicine 2006
  • PFMTA ex-co member 2002- 2006 + vice president of the PFMTA in 2005
  • Life member - Kandy Society of Medicine Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Examination and Evaluation committee, Faculty of Medicine since 2005
  • Alumni, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Life member in Women in Nuclear field (WIN global)
  • Member in World Association of Radiopharmaceuticals and Molecular Therapy (WARMTH) 
  • Member in International Radio Pharmaceutical Therapy Council (ICRT)
  • Member Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine (ARCCNM) .
  • Regional Principle - Asian school of Nuclear Medicine (ASNM)
  • Member Asia Oceania Federation of Nuclear Medicine and biology (AOFNMB)
  • Member –American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ANC Member ID 146865)
  • Member -European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging 2020
 
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