• Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

  • Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

History

A – History

• Year started : 1909
• Evolution :
Dept of rabies diagnosis and research
• Established in 1918
• Rabies antibody testing by RFFIT as a special test was established in 1996
• PCR for rabies diagnosis commenced  in 2006
Dept of vaccine quality control
• Technical evaluation of all vaccines (EPI and non EPI) for drug regulatory
authority-CDDA since 1996
• Appointed as the National Control Laboratory (NCL) for  vaccines in 1998
• Key functions of NCL
– Lot release of vaccines since 2000
– Testing of vaccines in certain identified situations (potency, sterility,
innocuity) since 2002

 

• Previous Heads of the Unit

Name Period
1 Dr. A. Sathasivam 1962 – 1987
2 Dr. Ariyawansa Jayasinghe 1975 – 1987
3 Dr. A. Sathasivam 1987 – 1995
4 Dr. Omala Wimalaratne 1996- 13.01.2014
5 Dr. Susilakanthi Nanayakkara 14.01.2014-todate