Welcome to the official website of the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of the Faculty of Medicine (FOM), General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).
The Ethics Review Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, KDU was established in 2012 with the aim of facilitating research involving human subjects and to ensure the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected during their participation. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University upholds the highest standards in the ethical conduct of research, including the protection of human participants, while enabling its faculty, staff and students to conduct research in a timely and efficient manner. The primary task of KDUFOM-ERC is to facilitate those objectives by reviewing, approving, modifying or disapproving research protocols submitted by researchers. KDUFOM-ERC strives to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of the rights and welfare of human research participants, while advancing knowledge and facilitating the highest quality research. KDUFOM-ERC is a member of the Forum of Ethics Review Committees of Sri Lanka (FERCSL).
Please read this section carefully to ensure that your application and the relevant documents are correctly prepared.
Who can apply?
- A member of the permanent academic staff of KDU (including probationary staff)
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students of KDU
- Trainees of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) trained under the supervision of a permanent academic member of KDU
- The staff of the military Hospitals
What type of research?
All biomedical research involving human and animal subjects must receive approval from the ERC. Therefore, if your research meets the definitions of both research and human/animal subjects, you must complete the ERC process.
Research projects of the following types are considered:
- Biomedical research involving human participants of their specimens or data
- Health-related research involving communities or healthcare systems, including health policy research
- Animals research that is conducted to study questions that are relevant to human health
Submit your application
One hard copy of all aforementioned documents needs to be submitted in separate file. The hard copy must be unbound and printed on both sides of the paper
Soft copies of all documents should be submitted in a compressed folder (zip/rar) AND should be emailed to email@example.com
One blinded soft copy (without the investigators information) of the proposal also need to be submitted
The above documents should ONLY be handed over to the Secretarial Assistant, Ethics Review Committee, FOM, KDU, after placing your signature in the logbook.
Submission of the documents and collection of amendments/approval letters should ONLY be done by one of the investigators of the study/ representative.
The ERC-FOMKDU will be held on the last Thursday of the month.
Letter indicating the decision of the ERC can be collected from the Secretarial Assistant, Ethics Review Committee, FOM, KDU.
The deadline for submission is the 10th of each month for a new protocol and for a re-submission.
The above documents should ONLY be handed over to the Secretarial Assistant, Ethics Review Committee, FOM, KDU after placing your signature in the logbook.
Committee members & staff
Dr. Priyamali Jayasekera
MBBS, MD (Medicine), MRCP (UK), FRCP (London), FRCP (Edinburg), FACP (USA)
Senior Lecturer in Medicine /Consultant Physician
Dr (Ms). Thamarasi Senaratne
B.Sc (Chemistry special with Biotechnology), M.Sc (Medical Microbiology), PhD (Medical Virology)
Senior Lecturer Grade II
Col (Prof) A Balasuriya
MBBS(Colombo), MSc (Community Medicine)(Colombo), MD– (Community Medicine), PGDBS (Homagama), MA (Kelaniya)
Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Family Medicine
Prof. GDI Rodrigo
MBBS (Col), DCH (Col), MD (Paediatrics), MRCPCH (UK), MRCP (UK), DPhil (Oxon)
Professor of Paediatrics/Consultant Pediatrician
Ms. Tina Solomons
BA (Psychology), MPhil (Clinical Psychology)
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Mr. Mangala Wijesinghe
LLB, LLM, PG Dip in International Relations, CTHE(KDU), Attorney at Law
Senior Lecturer-Faculty of Law/ Attorney at Law
Eng. (Mr.) Kamalnath Jinadasa
Training Engineer/ Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa
(Non-Affiliated Non-medical Member)
Dr. Dilini Nakkawita
MBBS(University of Colombo), PG.Dip(Medical Microbiology), MD(Medical Microbiology), Dip.RCPath(UK)
Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist
Dr. AU Gamage
MD (Community Medicine (Colombo), MSc – Community Medicine (Colombo), MSc –Health Economics and Policy (Australia ), Grad. Cert in Economics ( Australia ), MBBS, FRSPH
Senior Lecturer in Community Medicine – Grade II
Dr. Nishantha Kumarasinghe
MBBS (SJU), PhD in Behavioural Sciences in Relation to Medicine (Newcastle) Australia
Snr. Lecturer in Anatomy
Dr. Indika Mudalige
MBBS (Colombo), MD (Psychiatry), MCCP, Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Counselling, EMDR
Senior Lecturer – Grade II – Psychiatry
Ms. Oshadee De Silva
MSc in Applied Psych (Clinical & Counselling)(UK), BS Psych (Hons)(USA), Dip in Child Psych, Dip in Psych, CTHE (KDU)
Lecturer – Clinical Psychology
Dr. AWMKK Bandara
BVSc (Hons) (Peradeniya), PhD in Microbiology (USJ)
Senior Lecturer Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
Dr. Dilusha Lamabadusuriya
MBBS (Colombo), MD(Medicine), MRCP(UK)
Ms. Dilani Ashokamala