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 The Medical Research Institute (MRI) is the premier center in the country for bio-medical and applied health research. MRI conducts research in diversified areas in the fields of Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitlogy, Rabies, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Histo-Pathology, Hematology, Immunology, Entomology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Mycology, Health Informatics and Animal Studies.

MRI currently provides training to a verity of Diplomas,  graduate and post graduate causes as well. The diploma causes are MLT and Entomology .  The graduate causes are BSc in Information Technology conducted by  the University of Moratuwa. The postgraduate causes are Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitlogy, Chemical Pathology, Histo-Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, , Molecular Biology, Mycology  and Transfusion Medicine which are conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

MRI is also a major service provider for all hospitals in Sri Lanka with special and specific diagnostic laboratory tests. It also functions as a National Laboratory for Japanese encephalitis, measles, rubella and influenza and as the regional reference laboratory for poliomyelitis.

Director’s Message:

A warm welcome to the MRI website. I believe that you will achieve what you expect by visiting this website.  Our goals are in par with the national health goals, by providing medical laboratory services,  training  in specific disciplines and advancement of biomedical and health research. We aspire to be the leading medical research centre to complement Sri Lanka’s various research initiatives. Our research focuses on achieving better understanding of basic physiological and disease mechanisms, discovering and exploring new medical and surgical therapies, methods of new diagnosis  and improving health care provision and delivery, through the government as well as private health care and research institutes in the country.

In our pursuit of research opportunities, we look to strategic collaborations with local and international research institutions with the intention of achieving mutual benefits through multidisciplinary approach. We have a team of dedicated medical and health researchers with national and international reputations in their respective fields of expertise.

Our researchers collaborate extensively with clinicians and medical laboratory consultants at other local and overseas Institutes. Importantly, our researchers and doctors share a common long-term aim in their pursuit of research excellence; to reduce the burden of diseases and improve the quality of life for those who are in need.

With the close association of our clinical services and basic research laboratories, MRI is also a favorable environment for the rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. Today, MRI provides medical laboratory and clinical services for the largest proportion of patients all over the country. This service arm also provided MRI as an ideal biomedical research hub to co-ordinate and support clinical trials and epidemiology studies.

Our research laboratories provide an environment for the training of graduate and post-graduate training in respective fields.

On behalf of our dedicated consultants and staff, I invite you to join with us to do more and more collaborative Laboratory based Medical research.


Director: Dr Jayaruwan Bandara

MBBS, MSc,( Med Admin)

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This section was last Updated on 06.07.2019