To sustain and promote optimum nutrition throughout life of an individual to strengthen and support the health of the nation.
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.
- Supplementary and Therapeutic Food Formulation
- Dietary studies
- Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching
- Capacity Building of Health Personnel
- Technical expertise
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
1945 – Dr.Nimalasuriya
1959 – Dr.D.B.Gunasekara
1966 – Dr.Mahadeva
1976 – Dr.Brigthy De Mel
1987 – Dr.W.D.A.Perera
1996 – Dr.C.L.Piyasena- Head of the Department
1999 – Dr. Shanthi Gunawerdena- Consultant Community Physician
2007- Dr Renuka Jayathissa- Consultant Community Physician
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Survey reports – department of nutrition