The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 26thAnnual Scientific Sessions “Combating sepsis”


30th August 2017 at 6.15 pm
Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo


29th & 30th  August 2017

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo   

Scientific Programme

31st August & 1st September 2017

Sri Lanka Foundation,

Colombo 07


SLCM / SSM members:
Pre-congress only (2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress)                                   -: Rs. 4,000/-

Special Rate for All 4 days   -: Rs. 5,000/-

Non-members  for the 2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress  - register at

2 day registration Rs7500/=
1 day registration Rs5000/=

To be paid at the  -Conference Secretariat, Office of the SLCM, No. 06, “Wijerama House”Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07

Contact No. 0112675678

Members and Non Members - Scientific Programme
Both Days : Rs. 2,500/-
Single Day : Rs. 1,500/-
Sessions (half a day) : Rs 1,000/-


Plenary 1 - Sepsis: Panacea or Pandora’s box?
Prof. Prabath Nanayakkara - Head, Section Acute Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam

Symposium 1 - Combating Antimicrobial

National Strategic Plan for Combatting AMR
Dr. Kumudu Karunaratne
Consultant Microbiologist, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo

Behavioural Aspects of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Dr. Carolyn Tarrant
Associate Professor, Sapphire, Department of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology,University of Leicester

Detection of Carbapenemases in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Prof. Balaji Veeraraghavan
Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology ,Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India

Plenary 2 -  Toxoplasmosis
Prof. Sarman Singh
Professor & Head, Division of Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Plenary 3 - Microbiome with a Focus on the Mycobiome
Dr. Nelun Perera
Consultant Microbiologist, University Hospitals of Leicester,
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester, Training Programme Director, Microbiology, Health Education England / East Midlands

Plenary 4 - Viral Infections in the Immunocompromised
Dr. Mark Atkins
Consultant Virologist (Specialty Lead), Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, Surrey, United Kingdom

Symposium 2 - Advances in Combating

PHANTASi Trial: (Pre)Hospital Management of Sepsis: Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. Prabath Nanayakkara

Diagnostic Stewardship
Prof. Balaji Veeraraghavan

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Profiling; Slow or FAST?
Prof. Tim Inglis
Consultant Microbiologist, PathWest, Western Australia

Symposium 3 - Blood Borne Viruses

Dilemmas in the Diagnosis of Blood Borne Viral Infections
Dr. Mark Atkins
Consultant Virologist (Specialty Lead), Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, Surrey, United Kingdom

Clinical Dilemmas in Managing HIV Patients
Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema
Consultant Physician, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda

Plenary 5 - Interactive Case Discussion
Dr. Nelun Perera