The Institute for Research and Development is an academic and research institution which was established in 1997 as the Forum for Research and Development, and changed to Institute for Research and Development in 2000. It’s academic members include epidemiologists, psychiatrists, physicians, geneticists, veterinarians, public health specialists, ethicists, educationists, and people from many other disciplines. It has a full time research staff, and many other associates who are involved at various levels while employed in other academic institutions. We have networks of Sri Lankan and overseas academics, and academic institutions. Our mandate is to promote an overarching research culture in Sri Lanka; conducting multi-disciplinary research, working with people who will benefit from research, establishing strategic partnerships and to work for policy impact.