The 13th International Medical Congress organized by PeMSAA was held from 5th to 7th January 2017 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

The theme of the conference is 'Optimal Delivery of Health Care through Multidisciplinary Approach’



Instructions to Authors on Submission of Abstracts      

  1. Abstracts for 13th International Congress of PeMSAA should mandatorily conform to the following requirements and specifications.
    1. At least one author should be a member of the PeMSAA. However, submissions by any other authors, particularly foreign nationals, who are not eligible to be members, will be considered. In the latter case selection will depend on the quality of the work done and the abstract submitted.
    2. Presenting author’s name should be underlined.Please note that the Presenting Author cannot be changed later.
    3. The top of the abstract should specify whether the submission is for Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation or to be considered for either.
    4. If sent by post, kindly indicate on the envelope the category of presentation as either ORAL or POSTER.
    5. At least the presenting author MUST register for the Congress within two weeks of being informed of the acceptance of the paper by the PeMSAA. If this is not complied with, the paper will NOT be included in the publication “Proceedings of Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association (PeMSAA)” and the paper will be removed from the Scientific Programme without any further notification.
  2. THREE HARD COPIES of the abstract must be submitted along with soft copy.
    1. A separate covering letter with the current address, telephone, contact details and the currently operative e-mail address of the Presenting Author should accompany the abstract submission.
  3. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the referees and selection decisions made on universally accepted criteria. The corresponding author will be notified of the result via e-mail.
  4. All abstracts should reach the Hon. Secretary, PEMMSA on or before 4 pm 31st  OCTOBER  2016. There will be no extensions of this deadline.
    1. Email soft copies to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. Case presentations will not be accepted for oral presentation. However, case presentation MAY be accepted for display as posters.
  6. The title of the abstract should be brief but adequately descriptive.
  7. The abstract should be typed double spaced on A4 paper with margins of 30mm right round. An original and two copies should be submitted with a softcopy. Please DO NOT includes the author names in the two copies. Soft copy should be in Microsoft Word.
    1. Heading – Times New Roman Bold font size 12
    1. Text – Times New Roman Regular font size 10
  8. The text of the abstract SHOULD NOT be more than 250 words. It should be structured into the following sub-headings.
    1. Introduction
    2. Objectives
    3. Design, Setting and Method (including statistical methods where relevant)
    4. Results
    5. Conclusions
      There should be no accompanying tables and no references should be included into the manuscript.
  9. The author/s must be able to take full intellectual responsibility for the work and the paper.
  10. If the work has been previously presented or published, in whole or in part, this should be stated in the abstract when submitting the paper.
  11. Acknowledgements in the abstracts should be confined to citing donor agencies and previous presentations/publications.
  12. The PeMSAA Editors reserve the right to make alterations, edit text and modify the title to improve the presentation.


Current Congress Committee

Congress Chairman
Prof. Kapila Gunawardana
Congress Joint Secretaries
Dr.Chathura Ratnayaka
Dr.Majula Peiris
Dr.Chandana Jayasundara
Scientific Affairs Committee
Prof.Asiri Abeygunawardana
Prof.Thilak Jayalath
Prof.(Mrs).Vasanthi Pinto
Dr.Udaya Pethiyagoda
Dr.Hilary Suraweera
Fund Raising Committee
Dr.Hilary Suraweera
Dr.Sardha Hemapriya
Dr.Dushyantha Medagedara
Finance Manager
Dr.Wimalasiri Abeykoon
Social Activities Committee
Dr(Mrs).Sandya Bandara
Dr(Mrs).Chanika Alahakoon
Dr.Sardha Hemapriya
Editorial Committee
Prof.Ranjith Kumarasiri
Prof.Neelakanthi Rathnatunga
Dr(Ms).Veranja Liyanapathirana
Advisory Committee
Prof.Vajira Weerasingha
Prof.Upali Ilangasekara
Prof.Nimal Senanayaka
Dr.Maithree Rajapaksha
Dr.Sarath Wattegama
Committee Members
Prof.Dhammika Dissanayake
Prof.Sanjaya Adhikari
Prof. Badra Hewawithana
Dr.Kanchana Edirisinghe
Dr.Samantha Kiriwattuduwa
Dr.Bathiya Alagoda

Dr.Pabasari Ginige
Dr(Mrs).Indu Nanayakkara
Dr.Heshan Jayaweera
Dr.Thilini Rajapaksha

Past PeMSAA International Medical Congresses (IMCs)




Congress Chairperson

Congress Lecturer

Chief Guest and Guest of Honour


29th July - 2nd August 1992

Tourmaline Hotel

Dr. W.D.H. Perera

Prof. Channa Ratnatunga



27th- 30th July 1994

Tourmaline Hotel

Prof. J.S. Edirisinghe

Dr. M.R.M. Pinto



22nd- 25th August 1996


Prof. Malkanthi Chandrasekera

Prof. Brian V. Jegasothy



16th- 18th Dec. 1998


Prof. Shanthi Mendis

Dr. Lal Gunasekera

His Excellency Helmut van Edig


21st- 23rd July 2000

New Pre -Clinical Block, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Neil Halpe

Dr. Jayasena Hettiarachchi

Prof. R.G. Panabokke


13th- 15th Dec. 2002


Dr. Ananda Jayasinghe

Dr. Palitha Abeykoon

Dr. Lester James Peries


5th- 7th August 2004


Prof. Nimal Senanayake

Prof. Sriyal Malik Peiris

Maestro W.D. Amaradeva


23rd – 25th August 2006


Prof. P.A.J. Perera

Prof. Channa Ratnatunga

Prof. Rohan Jayasekera


7th - 9th August 2008


Prof. Ananda Wijekoon

Dr. Nihal Kulathilaka

Prof. Shanthi Mendis & Prof. P.L. Ariyananda


10th - 12th October 2010


Prof. Upali Illangasekera

Prof. J. Sarath Edirisinghe

Prof. Herbert A Aponso & Prof. Nimal Senanayake


5th& 6th January 2012

Oak Ray Regency

Prof. Chandra Abeysekera

Prof. Nimal Senanayake

Prof. Sriyal Malik peiris & Dr. Joel Fernando


18th& 19th Sept. 2014

Oak Ray Regency

Dr. Shanthini Rosairo

Dr. Padma S. Gunaratne

Prof. Rohan Jayasekara & Dr. Maithree Rajapakse, Dr. Shanthi Rajapakse


5th - 7th January 2017

Faculty of Medicine
PGRC, Gannoruwa

Prof. Kapila Gunawardena

Prof. Jayantha Jayawardana

Dr. Sarath Gunapala
Senior Research Scientist - NASA, USA

Past PeMSAA Congress Chairpersons

dr w d h perera 1st IMC
Dr W D H Perera
29th July to 2nd August 1992
prof j s edirisinghe 2nd IMC
Prof. J.S. Edirisinghe
27th to  30th July 1994
prof malkanthi chandrasekera 3rd IMC
Prof. Malkanthi Chandrasekera
22th to 25th August 1996
prof shanthi mendis 4th IMC
Prof. Shanthi Mendis
16th to 18th December 1998
dr neil halpe 5th IMC
Dr. Neil Halpe
21st – 23rd July 2000
6th IMC
Dr Ananda Jayasinghe
13th to 15th December 2002
prof nimal senanayake 7th IMC
Prof. Nimal Senanayake
5th to 7th August 2004
prof p a j perera 8th IMC
Prof. P.A.J. Perera
23rd to 25th August 2006
prof ananda wijekoon 9th IMC
Prof. Ananda Wijekoon
7th to 9th August 2008
prof upali illangasekara 10th IMC
Prof. Upali Illangasekera
10th to 12th October 2010
11th IMC
Prof. Chandra Abeysekera
5th to 6th January 2012
 dr shanthini rosairo 12th IMC
Dr. Shanthini Rosairo
18th to 19th September 2014
prof kapila gunawardena 13th IMC
Prof. Kapila Gunawardena
5th to 7th January 2017

Contact Us

  Peradeniya Medical Alumni Association
Faculty of Medicine,
20400, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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