President's Message

AISSL’s Responsibility towards scientific community

Explore new oppornities through collaborations

The Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka (AISSL) was established in year 2000, through the dedication of the late Prof Anura Weerasinghe, since there was no specific forum for allergy and immunology in the country.  One main objective for the establishment of AISSL was to bring together both basic and medical scientists who are engaged in allergy & immunology research, clinical work or who have an interest in allergy and immunology. Due to the establishment of the society some research collaborations could be established involving both basic and medical researchers.  Some of those collaborations were very successful up to generation of PhDs.  Biennial Scientific Sessions organized by the AISSL provides the membership a platform to showcase the outcome of their research to the appropriate audience and it also promotes networking. 

AISSL is organizing regular guest lectures in the areas of allergy, Immunology and asthma and in the current context those are being conducted in hybrid mode to give wider access.  Some of the AISSL’s regular activities were affected due to the COVID pandemic. One such activity is the short training course for the Medical Laboratory Technologists, which we are planning to start again soon. The newest addition to the AISSL’s commitments is the small research grant scheme, which is open for the students who are members of the AISSL and who are registered in various degree programmes. Members of the society will be eligible to apply for the grants for their students’ research projects too.  Through this AISSL is expecting to enhance the research interest and capabilities of the membership through which the popularization of the subject also is expected.

AISSL is a member society of some international allergy and immunology associations including International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) and World Allergy Organization (WAO).  By being a member of the AISSL the members get the opportunity to be members of those international societies too, which inevitably open new vistas to the membership, especially the young scientists.  The international membership entails with opportunities for overseas research training for young scientists.  Further the AISSL is working hand in hand with national level sister societies through which exposure is expanded to gain more exposure and knowledge in the related subject areas. 

 

Profesor Sisira Pathirana

President

AISSL