A group of student researchers attached to the Department of Biomedical Science KIU, has won the best poster presentation award [technical Session on Allied Health Sciences] at the 12th International Research Conference 2019 of General Sir John Kothalawela Defence University (KDU), Sri Lanka. Many researchers from state and non-state sector universities, participated for the abstract presentations.

Ms. Hasangi Gamage, Mr. Chathura Perera and Ms. Rumali Wijendra who currently study in their final year of the BSc. Honours in biomedical Science degree at KIU, have conducted a research on finding a new growth media for the identification purpose of Candida albicans which is an opportunistic pathogen causing serious diseases in humans, with the guidance of Snr. Professor Neluka Fernando (Professor in microbiology /honorary Vice Chancellor, KIU) under the supervision of Mrs. Nadeeka Ranadeva (Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, KIU) and Dr. Manjula Weerasekara (Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of medical Science, KIU). The abstract presented by them at the KDU International Conference 2019 was titled “An alternative Growth Medium for the Identification of Candida albicans using Germ tube Formation Under Optimum Conditions”.

The study suggests the possibility of using Coconut water as an alternative growth medium to Human serum (Currently used medium) for the detection of germ tube production of Candida albicans as human serum is found to give potential inhibitory effect on germ tube production, thus reducing the capacity of identification. The study also suggests the possibility of creating a synthetic product with the composition of the Coconut water, which may be highly effective under optimized conditions in rapid identification of the species in any clinical setting.

Let us congratulate the young researchers, who made KIU proud with their research capability and innovative thinking. KIU wish them greater successful in their lives.

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