Tradmed International 2017 Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA, a nation tagged as paradise by many globe trotters is well-known for its romantic landscapes, reigned by rising mountains, lush forests, ominous oceans and gushing waterfalls. It is one of the megabio diverse hotspots with high species diversity, in the world. Of the 1,430-species considered as medicinal plants 174 (12%) are found to be endemic to Sri Lanka. Indigenous scheme of traditional medicine of Sri Lanka has been practiced over a period of a 3000 years and “Sararthasangrahaya” written by King Buddhadasa (398 AD) is still used by our resident indigenous medical practitioners. With this rich history related to Traditional Medicine (TM) and Complementary Medicine (CM), the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of the Government of Sri Lanka, has initiated to provide the world a stage to share expertise, knowledge and skills on cutting edge research interventions and inventions on TM and CM through an International Symposium on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Educational Exhibition & Trade Fair - 2017.

International Symposium on Traditional and Complementary Medicine–offers you a valuable opportunity to be a part of a world class leading academic scientists, researchers, healthcare practitioners and young scholars who would contribute to bring about a new era for innovations in the fields of TM, CM and medicinal plant based drug discovery.

The overall aim of the International Symposium is to share the expertise and novelties in evidence based practices of Traditional Medical systems in disease prevention, diagnosis and management and use of modern science and technology, diagnostic tools, Bio-medical information system in traditional medicine in relation to the safe and effective product development with quality and standard. This will provide excellent opportunities for networking, collaboration and to formulate private-public partnerships in TM and CM research and development and to amalgamate modern science with traditional knowledge. Also, this conference is expected to be a forum to promote strategies for healthy life style.

Another unique expected outcome of the International Symposium is the issuance of Colombo Declaration/ Statement, a Ministerial level commitment of the participating countries to implement important outcomes of the Symposium.

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Message from Honourable Minister

The indigenous traditional medical systems of Sri Lanka called “deshiya chikitsa” are well entwined with our ancient civilization, and have its roots running back to the times of the Sri Lankan king Ravana of Ramayanaya fame. These medical systems are based on the rich assortment of medicinal plants in the country and from time immemorial have helped to create a physically and mentally strong, healthy nation. Hence it is imperative that the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine take steps to further strengthen our national health system by incorporating proven, evidence based traditional indigenous treatment methods.

Tradmed International 2017 comprise an International Symposium on Traditional and Complementary Medicine and an Educational Exhibition and Trade Fair on Traditional and Complementary Medicine as two parallel events. International Symposium on Traditional and Complementary Medicine is organized by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka, World Health Organization and University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Thus the Symposium can be considered a timely move ushering the establishment of an integrative, evidence based traditional medical systems in Sri Lanka and beyond. I believe that this initiative would pave the way towards multidisciplinary research bringing together academia and industry from the region and beyond in an innovative platform.

The rapidly expanding demand for herbal medicine worldwide is expected to touch US$ 107 billion by 2017. Mindful of these global developments, Sri Lanka hopes to develop the traditional medical systems in the country and beyond through the Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Educational Exhibition and Trade Fair endowed with many possibilities for this purpose. This is organized by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Government of Sri Lanka and University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. The event would also provide an arena for the industrialists, academia, researchers, health care practitioners, students etc. to communicate, interact, share experiences, knowledge and technology in realizing this goal.

It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all for this auspicious event bringing together wide ranging expertise in the field from all over the world.

I wish the event all the success.

Committee of Steering

Chief Patron

Hon. Rajitha Senarathne

Minister of Health Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

Patron

Hon. Faizal Cassim

Deputy Minister of Health Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Janaka Sugathadasa

Secretary, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

Project Co-Chair

Prof. Ranil de Silva

Director, World Class University Project, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovations in Biotechnology and Neurosciences, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Project Co-Chair

Mr. S. Janaka Sri Chandraguptha

Additional Secretary (Development), Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

Project Director

Mrs. Mangala Karunathilake

Commissioner of Ayurveda, Department of Ayurveda, Sri Lanka

Project Secretary

Dr. (Mrs) Rameeladevi Thatparan

Ayurveda Medical Officer Bandaranayake Memorial Ayurveda Research Institute, Nawinna, Maharagama, Sri Lanka

Co-Chair of Symposium

Dr.(Mrs) Nalika Sepali Gunawardena

National Professional Officer (Health Systems Analysis and Evidence), World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka

Co-Chair of Symposium

Dr. S M S Samarakoon

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

Project Operation Executive

Dr. Dammika Abeygunawardena

Provincial Commissioner of Ayurveda – Central Province, Kandy, Sri Lanka