On-going Research Projects

Diabetes and Depression Study

The study will explore, understand and capture personal illness belief models and cognition s’; particularly diabetic specific cognitions and presence or absence of depressive cognition s’ among the people with diabetes. The participants will be divided into six sub-groups; newly diagnosed diabetics with and without coexisting depression, more chronic diabetes with and without depression, and…

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Research Projects – Section of Genetics

SoDaCD study – A population genetics study on date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and Ceylon date palm (Phoenix pusilla) germplasm in Sri Lanka The project is focused on molecular barcoding of date-palm and native Ceylon date-palm The study is conducted in collaboration with South-eastern University of Sri Lanka Skink project – Phenotypic characterisation and molecular phylogenetics…

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Adolescent Mental Health Study in Vavuniya District

This study aims to determine the prevalence of common mental disorders, suicidal ideation, and substance use (alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs) among adolescents in Vavuniya district which is a post conflict setting. It will also capture the attitudes of adolescents and adults living in Vavuniya district using qualitative methods to understand how mental health issues…

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Dementia 10/66 Study

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group is a collective of researchers carrying out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries. 10/66 refers to the two-thirds (66%) of people with dementia living in low and middle income countries, and the 10% or less of population-based research that has been carried…

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Colombo Twin and Singleton Follow-up Study

Strong evidence exists which suggests associations between cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression. The Colombo Twin and Singleton Study follow-up Study (CoTaSS 2) seeks to explore this in the Sri Lankan population and estimate the extent of overlapping genetic and environmental influences. This is the follow-up study of the population based twin study on common mental…

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