PeMSAA-UK History

Formation and progress of PeMSAA-UK

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The full registration fees are refundable, less 50.00 GBP if your cancelation is received in writing, on or before 7 days of the event. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
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Media & Online Policy

Policy on media activities organised by third parties in connection with the PeMSAA events.
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Confidentiality & Social Media Guidelines

The PeMSAA-UK supports the use of social media around the 6th PeMSAA Conference to network with your colleagues and friends attending the meeting. Please do however respect the PeMSAA social media guidelines, including the following:


You may blog or tweet about content of the talks, unless the speaker explicitly asks you not to share either the entire talk or specific details or slides.
Communicate in a respectful and considerate way, and show your criticism in a fair, constructive and professional manner.
Do remember that people who will read your postings or tweets are not necessarily genetic professionals, but also patients, policymakers, members of the media, and the general public.


The use of photography, video, or other type of recording devices in oral sessions (plenary, educational, concurrent sessions and symposia) and poster sessions at the PeMSAA 2018 is strictly prohibited. Hence posting pictures or videos of these sessions on any social media platform, blogs, or websites, etc., is also strictly prohibited.
Do not capture or re-distribute data presented at the PeMSAA 2018 as this may jeopardize the subsequent publication of the data in a scientific journal. PowerPoint presentations must not be photographed under any circumstances. Do respect journal embargo policies and the work of your colleagues.
Refrain from engaging in personal attacks or showing rude behaviour.
Offensive and disrespectful behaviour, sales-oriented, self-promoting, or otherwise inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
Participants should not post copyrighted or trademarked material or material protected by other intellectual property rights.


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I feel a great sense of privilege to be elected as the PeMSAA-UK’s third president to serve this prestigious organisation for the next three years. I was fortunate to have received a free education from Sri Lanka, in particular, free medical education and training, hence I am in debt to our motherland and the University of Peradeniya. This is one of the main reasons, that I joined PeMSAA-UK, so I could utilise this distinguished institution as a platform whereby I can give something back to Sri Lanka.
I’m confident and determined, that I can continue to deliver the splendid work initiated by my predecessors. In alignment with the PemSAA-UK constitution and policies, my vision is to foster and promote the welfare of the Peradeniya Medical Faculty by providing financial aid, supporting academic and research activities and also by sharing professional expertise. I am pleased to see that our partnership with PeMSAA and the faculty has grown from strength to strength in recent years. This has truly paved the way for us to do more collaborative projects in order to benefit undergraduate as well as the postgraduate trainees.
Dear Peradeniya Alumni , Please join hands with us, as a group; working together we can reach greater heights of success.

Dr Padma Samarawickrama MBBS MRCP (UK) 1963 Batch

Dr Ashan Gunarathne
President - PeMSAA-UK (Batch:1995-96)


PeMSAA-UK is a young but dynamic and cohesive association thriving on unity and close friendship founded in early 2017. The idea to form this association was conceived following the visit to the 40th PeMSAA Congress in January 2017 by four UK alumni, Drs Krish Radhakrishnan, Dharshini Radhakrishnan, Abey Abeyasekara & Jeyakumar Singanayagam. It was felt that it’s time to re-kindle the passion and share in the memories of our time at Peradeniya Medical School.

A mail was sent on 28th January 2017 to about 100 UK alumni as an introduction to the concept of rejuvenating the PeMSAA-UK and an opportunity to seek their thoughts and blessings.

The response received was exceptional and about 17 enthusiastic and passionate alumni representing different decades of the faculty years from all over UK gathered on 17th March at Loughton, Essex to form the nucleus of the association.

The ideas, concerns and expectations were discussed and debated, a plan emerged and the goals were set.

On that day we also formed an interim committee and time line to draft a constitution based on “fostering and promoting close relations between the School and its alumni and among the alumni members themselves” and to plan an AGM along with social event in May 2017.

From the outset there was unanimous support for this association to be a non-political organisation, promoting unity and equity among all the alumni.

The inaugural event of the PeMSAA-UK was held on 17th May under the auspicious presence and blessings of Professor and Mrs. T. Varagunam. The interim committee was ratified at the AGM that was followed by the first PeMSAA-UK Ball attended by alumni, their spouses and well-wishers. A total of 280 guests rolled in with spouses in tow for Canapés and Champaign welcome reception at Hilton Watford, Hertfordshire.

The support and encouragement received at this inaugural event motivated the Committee and the alumni to spearhead various activities and projects to assist alma mater and the alumni. Our objectives and goals were:

  1. To encourage, foster and promote close relations between the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, here after named ‘School’ and its alumni residing in the UK and elsewhere.
  2. To assist and support, financially and otherwise, the School, staff, undergraduates, and post graduates studying in the UK and alumni as appropriate.
  3. To initiate, assist and support activities, which are of interest and benefit to the alumni.
  4. To promote companionship programs and events involving alumni in the affairs of the School ensuring bilateral benefit.
  5. To promote mentorships between alumni and students of the School along with student welfare support linked to the academic progress and behavior of the student.
  6. To provide mutual exchange of information, professional expertise, and collaboration beneficial to alumni, the School and students.

Since the inception PeMSAA-UK has established very close working relationship with the parent PeMSAA and the sister associations in USA and Australasia.

PeMSAA-UK supported and established worthy projects assisting the students and the faculty by setting up:

  • PeMSAA-UK Studentships
  • PeMSAA-UK & Professor Panabokke Stethoscope awards
  • Fully subscribing for International Journal of Medicine & Surgery
  • 2nd MBBS book donations for needy students and reference books for the Faculty Library
  • PeMSAA-UK Academic awards to encourage Research Projects at grass root level
  • Mentoring and Career guidance to those visiting UK for post MD Fellowships.

PeMSAA-UK decided on an extravagant celebration for year 2018; a weekend residential programme hosting an exceptional International Academic Conference, Professor Varagunam Memorial Lecture followed by the Annual Ball.

The choice of venue was most fitting, for a group of medics who enjoyed their heady undergraduate days in the most salubrious campus in Asia, the Peradeniya Campus. The drive into the calm, leafy roads of Center Parcs, brought back the nostalgia about the days we spent walking through the most beautiful roads and alleyways of the Peradeniya Campus.

The speakers, both alumni, current academic staff of Peradeniya Medical School and guest speakers were at the ‘top of their game’

Professor Varagunam Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Sreeharan was poignant and truly acknowledged the forward thinking man’s legacy. The audience was mesmerized by the predictions for the healthcare environment for 2025 and beyond

The dramatic entertainment on Sunday had us all in stitches, it made us realise that the ‘Peradeniya Brand’ excels not only in high medical standards but also in the performing arts!

The biennial International Academic Conference and delivery of the prestigious Professor Varagunam Memorial Lecture are supposed to be held as regular events, however due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we couldn’t host an event since June 2018



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