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Our Vision

To sustain and promote optimum nutrition throughout life of an individual to strengthen and support the health of the nation.

Our Mission

To improve the nutritional status of Sri Lankans through bio medical research to achieve the national nutritional goals set by the Government of Sri Lanka in the national Nutritional Policy.

Our Objectives

  • Research
  • Surveillence
  • Supplementary and Therapeutic Food Formulation
  • Dietary studies
  • Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching
  • Partnership
  • Capacity Building of Health Personnel
  • Advocacy
  • Technical expertise

Department History

1938 – The Department of Nutrition was established at the De Soyza Bacteriological Institute (Now MRI) for the purpose of researching prevailed major nutritional problems at the time of Director Dr.Lucian A.Nicholas (Eng) 1915 – 1939 , who lectured Bacteriology and Tropical Medicine but had wide range of interests including Nutrition.

Dr.Nimalasuriya (MRCP) 1945 – 1949, headed the department of Nutrition since then and he became the first Sri Lankan Director of the Institute from 01/08/1945 and changed the name of the Institute as Medical Research Institute in 1946.

1936 - Dr.Lucian A.Nicholas 1976 – Dr.Brigthy De Mel

1945 - Dr.Nimalasuriya 1987 - Dr.W.D.A.Perera

1959 – Dr.D.B.Gunasekara 199 – Dr. G. Gunawerdena

1966 – Dr.Mahadeva 1996 – Dr.C.L.Piyasena

2007- Dr Renuka Jayathissa

 Contact: nutrition@mri.gov.lk

Telephone : +94112693532-34  Ext: 152/151/123

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Survey reports – department of nutrition

  1. Overweight, thinness and stunting among adolescent schoolgirls in Sri Lanka: prevalence and associated factors – 1997
  2. Screening for anaemia in pregnant women at field antenatal clinics with copper sulphate method – 1998
  3. Iodine deficiency status of  children in Sri Lanka -2001
  4. Anaemia – is it a problem among schoolchildren – 2002
  5. Community screening for  diabetes mellitus  (prevalence, risk factors  and follow up) – 2002
  6. Country profile on disability-2002
  7. Nutrition information system in Sri Lanka -2002
  8. Anaemia among pregnant women in western province – 2002
  9. Nutritional problems among Sri Lankan primary schoolchildren aged 5-9 years – 2002
  10. A way towards a healthy nation through nutrition at schools – 2002
  11. Annual cyclic monitoring of indicators to track   iodine deficiency disorders in Sri Lanka -2003
  12. Iodine surveillance programme in Sri Lanka -2003
  13. Iron supplementation for schoolchildren of grade 7 and 10 in Sri Lanka -2003
  14. Improvement of anaemia among children less than five years  with weekly iron supplementation programme  in urban slum community -2003
  15. Progress of eliminating iodine deficiency disorders in Sri Lanka -2003
  16. Rapid assessment of coverage of micronutrient supplementation  in Sri Lanka -2004
  17. Rapid assessment of nutritional status of children less than five years  in Mullative district-2004
  18. A name immortal in the annals of Sri Lankan nutrition Vidyajothi Dr. Beatrice Vivienne de Mel-2005
  19. Assessment of nutritional status among children under five years in Hambantota district-2005
  20. Pre assessment of iron supplementation for adolesents schoolchildren in tsunami affected areas-2005
  21. National nutrition thriposha intervention programme to combat  malnutrition in mothers and children of Sri Lanka -2005
  22. Assessment of nutritional status of children and women affected with tsunami-2005
  23. Nutrition surveillance in tsunami affected areas  of Sri Lanka – second round assessment-2005
  24. Rapid assessment of nutritional status among the population affected with tsunami-2005
  25. Assessment of nutritional status of children and women affected with tsunami-2005
  26. Assessment of nutritional status among children under five years in World Vision Lanka operational areas in ampara district-2006
  27. Assessment of nutritional status among children under five years in World Vision Lanka  tsunami response team (ltrt) operational areas in Batticaloa district-2006
  28. Baseline nutrition survey among displaced population in Batticaloa district-2006
  29. Child under nutrition in Sri Lanka  causal analysis-2006
  30. Iodine nutrition status in Sri Lanka 2005 -2006
  31. Emergency nutrition measures with internally displaced children under five years in district of Trincomalle, Sri Lanka -2006
  32. Assessment of nutritional status among  children under five years  in World Vision Lanka tsunami response team (ltrt) operational areas in Jaffna district-2006
  33. Assessment of nutritional status among children under  five years in some World Vision Lanka operational areas in Kalutara districts-2006
  34. Assessment of nutritional status among children under five years  in Mullaitivu district-2006
  35. Integrated nutrition project for the reduction of maternal and child under nutrition in sri lanka-2006
  36. Nutrition surveillance programme in tsunami affected areas of  Sri Lanka:  a review and analysis of experience-2006
  37. Vitamin a nutrition status in Sri Lanka -2006
  38. Rapid assessment of children 5-14 years displaced in post conflict 2009 Sri Lanka  Vavunia Jaffna trincomalee-2007
  39. Evaluation of “Samurdhi” nutrition intervention package-2007
  40. Factors associated with the complementary feeding in Sri Lanka -2007
  41. Nutrition and food security assessment in Sri Lanka (Ampara district) - 2009
  42.  nutrition and food security assessment in Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura district) - 2009
  43. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Badulla district)  - 2009 
  44. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka (Monaragala district)  - 2009 
  45. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka (Batticaloa district)  - 2009 
  46. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka (Hambanthota district)   - 2009 
  47. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka (Colombo district)  - 2009
  48. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka (Jaffna district)  - 2009
  49. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Kurunagala district)  - 2009
  50. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Nuwaraeliya district)  - 2009
  51. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Rathnapura district)  - 2009
  52. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Tricomalee district)  - 2009
  53. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka ( Vauniya district)  - 2009
  54. Nutrition and food security assessment  in Sri Lanka – 2009
  55. Rapid assessment of nutritional status among the displaced population in Vavuniya trassits camps -2009
  56. Infant and young child feeding programme review  -2009
  57. Third national survey on iodine deficiency status in Sri Lanka – 2010
  58. Nutrition assessment of preschool children and pregnancy in lindula adp area
  59. Rapid assessment among post conflict displaced children in Jaffna and Trincomalee districts -2010