Department of
Basic Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Dr. R.W. Pallegama

Senior Lecturer in Physiology



Official Address :

Department of Basic Sciences
Faculty of Dental Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

ranjithwp@pdn.ac.lk


Telephone :

+94-081-2397558


Personal Website :






Senior Lecturer (Grade I) in Physiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya

  • PhD – Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan (2005)
  • BDS- University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1997)
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer - 1997.08.19-1999.06.25
  • Lecturer(Probationary)-1999.06.26-2005.10.02
  • Senior Lecturer(Grade II) - 2005.10.03- 2011.03.17
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I) -2011.03.18- to-date
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Research 2004 and 2005
  • National Research Council Merit awards for research in 2013
  • Life member of the Physiological Society of Sri Lanka
  • Founder and life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain
  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) since 2007
  • Member of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interested Group (NeuPSIG) and Orofacial Pain of IASP since 2008
  • Life Member of Sri Lanka Dental Association (SLDA)
  • Director, Staff Development Center, University of Peradeniya since 2015
  • Chairman, Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya
  • Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya
  • Examiner at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • Somatosensory and affective states influencing memory for pain and pain sensation
  • Quality of life and pain experience of cancer patients
  • Medical/ Dental Education
  • Convener of the curriculum committee of the Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Editorial Board Member and the statistical advisor of Sri Lanka Dental Journal (The only Dental Journal published in Sri Lanka)
  • Member of the Internal Quality Assurance Unit of the University of Peradeniya
  • Founder Chairman of the Ethics Review Committee of the Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Chairman of the Technical Program Committee of the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE), 2016.
  • Vice-President (2009- 2015) and the Acting Secretary (2010-2012) of the Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain, which is the Sri Lankan Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
  • Convener of the Printing and Photography Committee, which is developing a separate unit of for Photography and Printing in the Faculty of Dental Sciences (this will be formally established with gaining space in the new building of the Faculty of Dental Sciences) from 2007 to 2013
  • Member of the Management Committee of the Forum of Ethical Review Committees of Sri Lanka
  • President of the Peradeniya Dental Faculty Teachers Association in 2015 and 2016
  • The Joint-Secretary of Federation of Peradeniya University Teachers Association in 2012-2013
  • A reviewer of the Project Proposals and Sites for the Quality and Innovation Grants in the Sri Lankan university system in the HETC project of the Ministry of Higher Education

    Books/ebooks

  • Pallegama R and Jayalath T (eds). Pain management: Current Concepts Part I . Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain. 2010.
  • Pallegama R, Jayalath T, Pinto V (Eds). Pain management: Current Concepts Part II. Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain; 2011.
  • Pallegama R, Jayalath T, Pinto V (Eds). Management of Pain: Resource CD for Primary Care Doctors and Nurses. Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain; 2011.
  • Pallegama RW. The handbook of Digital Dental Photography. Kandy Sri Lanka. 2014
  • Better Oral Health for Better Quality of Life. U.B. Dissanayake, R.W. Pallegama. (Published in Sinhala language). Kandy. 2009.
  • Pallegama RW and Thattil RO. Basic Statistics for Dental Students. Kandy Sri Lanka. 2014
  • Pallegama RW and Thattil RO. Research Methodology Simplified: A Textbook for Students of Health Sciences with Instructions for Self-Learning and Practice. Kandy Sri Lanka. 2016

  • Book Chapters
  • Pallegama RW. (2010). Pain: an Overview. In Pallegama R and Jayalath T. (ed). Pain management: Current Concepts Part I. Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Rajapakse T, Wijeratne D and Pallegama R. (2010). Pain: Psychological Correlates. In Pallegama R and Jayalath T. (ed). Pain management: Current Concepts Part I. Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Wijeratne T, Pallegama R and Wijeratne D. (2011). Assessment of Pain. In Pallegama R, Jayalath T and Pinto V. (ed). Pain management: Current Concepts Part II. Kandy: Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Pallegama R. (2014). Memory, Teaching and Photography. In Arunasiri H and Samarakoon A (ed.). “Anantha Wu Derana Sara”. Senkadagala Photo Circle and the Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya. Kandy