Meaning of Research
MRI is equipped with a number of medical professionals specialized in different specialties namely chemical pathology, bacteriology, histo-pathology, hematology, human nutrition, immunology, mycology, parasitology, pharmacology virology etc. There medical professionals are qualified with five year basic medical degree from recognized universities with postgraduate qualifications. Among the medical professionals there are medical officers under the consultants in respective units to assists and do research. Some of those medical officers are postgraduate qualified.
There are supportive sections such and animal center headed by a veterinary surgeons. These veterinary surgeons are qualified with basic veterinary degree( BVM) with postgraduate qualifications. Another non medical research staff to conduct health related research are research officers. They are holding basic science of four years honours degree and most of them are qualified with postgraduate MSc/MPhil/PhD.
With access to the resources of MRI including the Schools of MLT and Entomology, enables close interactions between physicians, laboratory consultants , scientists in different specialties, between basic science and clinical care, between sociology, medicine and technology.
The Ministry of Health has a two-dimensional involvement in medical research in Sri Lanka
- The Ministry finances research activities by external entities such as the Sri Lankan research universities or other government institutions.
- Research which is conducted within the MRI and other institutions within the Ministry of Health such as government hospitals.