Faculty research committee of the Faculty of Dental Sciences in collaboration with the Post graduate division and higher degrees committee and the Dental Library organized a work shop on systematic reviews on health and medical sciences on the 03rd September 2019 at the Faculty of Dental Sciences.
Resource person for this work shop was Ms. Sriyani Perera, the senior Assistant Librarian of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. The workshop was well attended by the academic staff and the postgraduate students of the faculty.
A workshop for staff members on preparing storyboards (blue prints) on production of audio-visual educational materials was held on 19th and 20th August. Mr. W.A. G Sisira Kumara, former additional director general, department of agriculture and Prof. J.A.C.K. Jayawardena, former director/DELU were the resource persons of this workshop. Both academic and non academic staff members who participated in this workshop had a very good opportunity to acquire knowledge on principles of communication designing, principles of designing storyboards with educational perspectives and also in preparation of mock storyboards. This workshop was organized by Dr. Chandra Herath, coordinator for production of teaching resources/DELU, together with the executive committee of the Dental Faculty E-Learning Unit.
Third international conference on “oral cancer, oral potentially malignant disorders, smokeless tobacco and areca nut” organized by the centre for Research in Oral Cancer (CROC) was successfully completed on 14th July 2019 at K bambaradeniya Auditorium, Faculty of Dental Sciences. The theme of the event was “towards a society free of oral cancer". This event was jointly organized by the Centre for Research in Oral Cancer of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Ministry of Health, SLT project committee of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) and Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention.
First pre conference workshop was held on the 12th on the topic of Smokeless Tobacco and Areca nut control in Sri Lanka. This workshop was conducted with the participation of all stake holders and a strategic plan for the next five years was discussed and finalized. Second workshop on Imaging and diagnostic aids in the management of Oral cancer and OPMD was held at the CPC hall on the same day.
The new building constructed for the Centre for Research in Oral Cancer (CROC) of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was ceremonially opened by Prof Upul B Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya with the presence of DrvajiraJayasinghe, Dean, faculty of Dental Sciences, Dr Ananda Jayalal, Deputy Director General (Dental) Health Services,Dr Samantha Kumara Kithalawarchchi, Former Director/ PTFDP, Prof WM Tilakaratne, Director CROC and Secretary,Prof RuwanJayasinghe.
This center is the one and only research centre dedicated for the research in oral cancer in the country. It has laboratory which will be developed in to a state of the research laboratory to conduct molecular research relevant to oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders. In addition, it has the facilities of a tobacco and areca nut cessation clinic, animal house, auditorium, library space, IT area and office space.
Workshop on Peer Evaluation was successfully held on 9th July, 2019 at the Faculty Board room with participation of 44 academic members. Introductory lectures on the Peer review process by Prof. Vajira Weerasinghe/Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Heshan Wickramasuriya/Faculty of Agriculture were followed by a panel discussion in order to discuss the Peer review policy document of the Faculty of Dental Sciences and the peer review tool that will be used for the process.
The participants received the opportunity to express their views regarding the Peer review process which facilitated the productivity of the workshop and the future Peer review process, to be reinitiated soon in the Faculty.
The UDDE wish to express their gratitude to the external and internal resource persons and the participants for the contributions made to make this event a success.
Mr. D. D. Ihalagedara, senior staff technical officer of the Department of Basic Sciences was awarded as the best performed technical officer in recognition of the most outstanding performance and contribution to the Department of Basic Sciences in the year 2018. Parameters evaluated were contribution to academic development and research, other significant contributions to the institute, punctuality and attendance,attitudes and outlook to work, leadership and personality and reliability and responsibility.
Oral cancer is ranked as the number one cancer in males of Sri Lanka. The majority of them occur as a result of smokeless tobacco (SLT) and arecanut use. The Centre for research in Oral Cancer with the help of Ministry of health, Presidential task force on drug prevention and National authority on tobacco and alcohol have launched an island wide programme to train dental surgeons and other relevant professionals on SLT and arecanut cessation. The same programme was conducted to train dental students on 18th August 2019 at K Bambaradeniya auditorium in the Faculty of Dental Sciences, university of Peradeniya. Resource persons for the programme were Dr Hemantha Amarasinghe, Prof WM Tilakaratne and Prof Ruwan Jayasinghe. Dr JAVP Jayasinghe, Dean, FDS also addressed the students.
The opening ceremony of the annual sports event of the faculty of dental sciences, DENTS games 2019 was held at the faculty premises on 17th June 2019. Dr. W.M.P.S.K. Wijekoon, acting dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences and several other academic staff members and students were present at this occasion.
DENTS Games 2019 will continue for the next few weeks both within the faculty premises and the gymnasium and grounds of the university. The events of DENTS games include Badminton, Elle, Football, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, Weight lifting, Marathon, Chess, Carom, Checkers and Table tennis. This event brings together all the students and academic and non academic staff of the faculty. Ending of DENTS games will be marked by holding the DENTS night where awards and certificates will be distributed for the winners.
The first undergraduate research symposium of the Faculty of Dental Sciences was held on the 15th June 2019 at the K. Bambaradeniya auditorium of the Faculty, with the participation of Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, the Vice chancellor of the University of Peradeniya as the chief guest. At this event, the guest speech was delivered by Professor S. A. M. Kularatne, Professor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, on the importance and the relevance of clinical research.
Research projects conducted by the final year dental undergraduates were presented at this event and the 3 best presenters were judged. Certificates were awarded for all presenters for their participation. Dr. J. A. V. P. Jayasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, academic and non academic staff and a large number of students participated in the symposium.
World Oral Health Day 2019 was celebrated on 21st March 2019, by the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Presidential task force on Drug Prevention, Center for Research in Oral Cancer (CROC), Oral Health Unit of the Office of The Regional Director of Health Services, Central province and Sri Lanka Army.
The inauguration ceremony was held at the Prof K. Bambaradeniya auditorium of the Faculty, which was graced by the Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University, Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake and many other distinguished guests including the Dean, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Dr JAVP Jayasinghe, and Deputy Regional Director of Health Services, Dr (Ms) Niranji Wijesooriya. Certificates for the winners of the art competition held for school children and oral health booklet designing competition held for dental undergraduates to mark the world oral health day were also distributed at this event.