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International Symposium in University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Charmalie Nahallage (Dept. Of Sociology and Anthropology, USJP)
  • Prof. Renu Wickramasinghe (Dept. of Parasitology, USJP)
  • Prof. Nissanka de Silva (Dept. of Zoology, USJP)
  • Prof. Sriyani Ekanayake (Dept. of Parasitology, USJP)
  • Prof. Michael Huffman (Section of Social Systems Evolution, Kyoto)


This symposium is hosted under the auspices of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Faculty of Graduate Studies (USJP) and supported in part with funds to overseas participants from the Asia Africa Science Platform Program JSPS, Grant-In-Aid for Overseas Research MEXT, and the Environment Research & Technology Development Fund, Ministry of the Environment of Japan.


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21.06. 2011 (DAY 1)

9:00 Lighting of Oil Lamp and University Anthem
9:15 Welcome address
9:30 Address by Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
9:45 Symposium Introduction
Michael A Huffman
10:00 Tea Break
Section I: Field Research on Non Human Primates

Chairperson: Professor S. Ekanayake

10:30 Non-invasive methods for the study of the diseases of monkeys and man in nature
Michael A. Huffman and Charmalie Nahallage (Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, University of Sri Jayewardenepura)
11:00 Primates of Sri Lanka
Charmalie Nahallage and Michael A. Huffman (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
11:30 Genetic diversity of macaques in Sri Lanka
Yoshi Kawamoto (Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
12:00 Lunch Break
Section II: Malaria Control

Chairperson: Professor Renu Wickramasinghe

1:00 Malaria Research in Khanh Phu, Vietnam and detection of parasites from fecal samples
Shusuke Nakazawa (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University)
1:30 Anopheline Species Complexes and Malaria Control in Sri Lanka.
Nissanka de Silva (Department of Zoology, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura)
2:00 The Road to Malaria Elimination
Ananda Rajitha Wickremasinghe (Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University Kelaniya)
2:30 Research on Simian Malaria
Sisira Pathirana (Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo)
3:00 Tea Break

22.06.2011 (DAY 2)

Section III: Laboratory Methods in Malaria Control

Chairperson: Professor Nissanka De Silva

9:00 Molecular diagnosis of Plasmodium
Richard Culleton (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University)
9:30 Molecular epidemiology of simian malaria causing zoonosis in Vietnam
Yoshimasa Maeno (School of Medicine, Fujita Health University)
10:00 Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for detection of malaria infections
Satoru Kawai (Dokkyo Medical University)
10:30 Tea Break
11:00 General Discussion: Future Research on Malaria
12:00 Vote of Thanks
12:15 Lunch Break
1:00 Laboratory Visit (Department of Parasitology and Zoology)


People and wild monkeys live closely together in many parts of Sri Lanka. Macaca sinica sinica, one of three sub-species of macaque in the country, a natural host of Plasmodium cynomolgi, is distributed in the arid, dry and intermediate zones in the northern, eastern and south eastern areas of the country. Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax are detected from people living there. P. cynomolgi and P. vivax are phylogenetically close species and it is possible that these human and monkey malaria parasites cross over the species barrier. From the perspective of zoonoses, it is important to study malaria in both monkeys and humans.


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