The Medical Faculty of University of Peradeniya held a video conference call with the Moscow City Clinical Hospital 52 to discuss the collaboration of the two institutes. The matters discussed included the areas to collaborate on, online interaction, research and education as well the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University and the Clinical Hospital. The main goal of the collaboration is to exchange information between the experts from both institutes.
The collaboration was facilitated the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia, led by Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation Professor M.D. Lamawansa. A former President of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Lamawansa is also the current President of SAARC Surgical Care Society (2020/2021). President of the Moscow City Clinical Hospital 52 Professor Vladimir Vtorenko and his team took part from the Russian side, while the Dean of the Medical Faculty of Peradeniya University Professor Asiri Abeygunawardana and his team formed the Sri Lankan side of the collaboration.
In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Lamawansa outlined the first steps which would be taken to establish a link between the two institutions. The work done by the University of Peradeniya in terms of understanding chronic kidney disease, pediatric allergic diseases and asthma in Sri Lanka and general information regarding the present diagnostic and research capabilities of the University and the areas which could be improved were all discussed. The Russian medical team detailed the clinical and scientific resources of the regional center for allergy and immunology and its focal problems and achievements as well as ongoing projects on international cooperation. The history of the Moscow City Clinical and Scientific Center of Nephrology, Kidney Transplant Pathology and Urology, the methodology developed by the hospital based on cumulative experience and the structure and innovative multidisciplinary telemedicine approaches of the center were also discussed.