Dr Yasitha Arosha Illangasekera
Senior Lecturer  
Email yasi04@gmail.com, yasitha.illangasekera@med.pdn.ac.lk
Telephone 081 239 6380
Office Address Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of medicine, University of Peradeniya
 
   

Educational Qualifications

MBChB (Sheffield-UK), PhD (Sheffield-Hallam, UK)

 

Research Interest

Clinical pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, obesity, diabetes

 

Positions Held

  • Head, Dept. of Pharmacology – April 2017- July 2020
  • Head, E-library – December 2016 – July 2019
  • Visiting lecturer in Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka – Nov 2019 – Present
  • Visiting lecturer in Pharmacology, Dept. of Nursing. Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya – June 2019 – Present
  • Invited Faculty board member – Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka – April 2019 – Present
  • Module Coordinator – Foundation and Systematic Pharmacology – 2017-2020
  • Module Coordinator – Co-generic skills module 2013 - 2019
  • Module Coordinator – Communication, learning & Research 1 module – 2017 – 2019
  • Criterion 6 Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine Quality Assurance Cell – 2017-Present
 

Research/Fellowships/awards

Higher Education for the Twenty First Century (HETC) Scholarship 2012-2015

 

Meberships in and other Associations

Member -Kandy Society of Medicine
Social service activities
Diabetes awareness programmes, community health camps

 

Publications

  1. Illangasekera, Y.A., Kumarasiri, P.V.R., Fernando, D.J. et al. Association of the leptin receptor Q223R (rs1137101) polymorphism with obesity measures in Sri Lankans. BMC Res Notes 13, 34 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-4898-4

  2. R.S. Thalgahagoda , A.H.H.M. Jayaweera , Y.A. Illangasekera , A.S. Abeyagunawardena.The effect of alternate-day corticosteroids on linear growth in childhood nephrotic syndrome. Asia Pac J Paediatr Child Health.2019 Mar;2:34-44

  3. Abeyagunawardena AS, Thalgahagoda RS, Dissanayake PV, Abeyagunawardena S, Illangasekera YA, Karunadasa UI, Trompeter RS. Short courses of daily prednisolone during upper respiratory tract infections reduce relapse frequency in childhood nephrotic syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol. 2017 Aug;32(8):1377-1382. doi: 10.1007/s00467-017-3640-5. Epub 2017 Mar 24.

  4. Kumarasiri RP, Fernando DJ, Dalton CF. Association of FTO and near MC4R variants with obesity measures in urban and rural dwelling Sri Lankans. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2016 Mar 2. pii: S1871-403X(16)00009-0. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.02.003.

  5. YA Illangasekera, DB Ekanayaka, DMNSB Dasanayake, D Yapa, OR Gamage. Medical students’ perception on the availability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources. Colombo Conference on Medical Education 2019, 14-15th November, Sri Lanka. Abstract PP31

  6. YA Illangasekera, GDDJ Bandara, DMSNB Dasanayake, AMIRK Athauda. Evaluation of a soft skills training program conducted for medical undergraduates. Colombo Conference on Medical Education 2019, 14-15th November, Sri Lanka. Abstract PP23

  7. Illangasekera YA, Kumarasiri RP, Fernando DJ, Dalton CF. Association of the leptin receptor Q223R (rs1137101) polymorphism with obesity measures in Sri Lankans. Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2019; Peradeniya Sept 2019, Abstract 23.

  8. G.K.M. Godakumara , E.G.C.N. Premathilaka , D.M.P.U.K. Ralapanawa, Y.A. Illangasekera, P.H.P. Fernando , H.N.S. Soysa , C.N.R.A Alles. Establishment of reference ranges for serum c-telopeptide cross-link of type 1 collagen levels in Sri Lankan population. In: Proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, 24th Nov. 2017;Kandy, Sri Lanka; Pg 25, Abstract 148.

  9. Illangasekera Y.A, Kumarasiri P.V.R, Fernando D.J.S, Dalton C.F. Association of BDNF val66met polymorphism with obesity and type 2 diabetes in Sri Lankans. In: Proceedings of NuGO week 2015 Conference; 7th-9th Sept. 2015; Barcelona, Spain; Abstract Pg 65.

  10. Abeyagunawardena AS, Thalgahagoda S, Illangasekera Y, Trompeter RS. Short course of daily prednisolone during upper respiratory tract infection reduces the risk of relapse in childhood nephrotic syndrome [abstract]. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2014;99: A155-6. 
  11. Illangasekera YA, Kumarasiri PVR, Dalton CF, Fernando DJS. The association between common SNP’s in the hypothalamic satiety pathways, eating behavior and obesity measures. Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Obesity; 17th-20th Mar 2014; Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; 2014.p 97.Abstract T2.S7.16

  12. Illangasekera YA, Kumarasiri PVR, Dalton CF, Fernando DJS. A study on the relationship between adiposity levels and eating behavior. Proceedings of the 36th annual academic sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 5-8th February 2014. Pg 11.

  13. IllangasekeraYA,GamageOR,Dassanayake DMSNB, Gunawardhana JG, Kumarasiri PVR. Increasing trends in BMI and related measures in a rural population. Proceedings of the 36th annual academic sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 5-8th February 2014. Pg 31.

  14. Illangasekera U, Keerthisinghe RNPS, Piyaratna SPMLR, Illangasekera Y. Degree of daytime sleepiness determined using the Epsworth sleepiness scale in diabetes. Proceedings of the 36th annual academic sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 5-8th February 2014. Pg 33.

  15. Illangasekera U, Illangasekera YA. Prevalence of hypoglycaemic hyperglycaemia in patients with diabetes. Proceedings of the 36th annual academic sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 5-8th February 2014. Pg 34.

  16. Thalgahagoda RS, Illangasekera YA, Abeyagunawardena AS [abstract]. The effect of alternate day corticosteroids on linear growth in childhood nephrotic syndrome. In: Proceedings of the 13th scientific meeting of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; 2013 Dec 6-7; Colombo, Sri Lanka; 2013. p 33. Abstract nr PP 21.

  17. Illangasekera YA, Kumarasiri PVR, Dalton CF, Fernando DJS. Validation of the Sinhalese version of the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire.In:International Conference of Public Health Innovations;2nd -4th May 2013.National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara, Sri Lanka. ICPHI 2013. Pg 61, Abstract 58.

  18. YA Illangasekera. The incretin based drugs in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The Drug Information Bulletin.2008:2(3);8-9

  19. YA Illangasekera. The leukotriene receptor antagonists. The Drug Information Bulletin. 2008:2(2);8-9.

 
   
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