Medical Association Presidents from Australia, Britain and India to participate in Sri Lanka's largest medicine conference

Mar 19 (IL) The largest annual medical conference in Sri Lanka, the 118th Anniversary Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) will be held next Wednesday (23) with the participation of the Presidents of medical associations from Australia, Britain and India.

The SLMA, the oldest medical association in Australasia, will hold its academic sessions from 23 to 25 at The Continental Hotel in Colombo.

SLMA Secretary Dr. Vajira Dissanayake said the highlight of the session would be the three visiting presidents' addresses. "This is a first in Sri Lanka, where all three presidents of these distinguished medical associations would be present at the same venue," he said.

Dr. Dissanayake said pre-congress workshops would be held on important topics.

A Sri Lankan surgeon would share his experiences in Galle after the tsunami under the theme "Tsunamis and mass disasters".

Since there was a shortage of medical specialists in the country, the SLMA in association with the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine will conduct a pre-congress workshop by overseas experts on training of trainers, said the SLMA Secretary.

The SLMA oration would be delivered by Prof. S.N. Wickramasinghe titled, "The use and functions of the bone marrow," dealing on the latest advances in stem cell research.

The S.C. Paul oration would be delivered by British Medical Association President Prof. Sir Charles George, on 'Tackling Coronary Artery Disease" and the Sri Lanka Association of Nephrology and Transplantation oration would be delivered by Chris Rudge, a transplant surgeon and Director of the National Transplant programme in the UK, titled 'Success in Transplantation".

Foreign and local speakers will delivering lectures on diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, genetics and assisted reproductive technologies, child health, metabolic and endocrine disorders, epilepsy, respiratory disorders, infection control, nuclear medicine and critical care. Ninetysix Sri Lankan research papers would also be presented.