National Institute of Fundamental Studies

Project Description

The objective of this project is to identify functional food which are able to address the health and wellness issues in Sri Lanka as well as from a global perspective. A special emphasis is placed on recognizing food products which are able to reduce the glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL). Research work is being conducted on plant-based functional food products and identifying bioactive ingredients which are capable of disease prevention.

Research Group

Group Leader

Dr. Viduranga Waisundara

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Research Assistant

Miss Mindani Watawana

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Research Assistant

Miss Nilakshi Jayawardena

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NRC Research Student

Mrs. Chaminie Gunawardhana

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Research Colloboration

Associate Professor Dejian Huang – National University of Singapore, Singapore

Miss Yian Hoon Lee – Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Research Facilities

  • Synergy HTX high-throughput microplate reader with automatic dispensers
  • Handheld pH / temperature measuring devices for liquids and semi-solids
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Magnetic stirrer with hotplate
  • Memmert Universal Oven
  • Mettler Toledo Top-Loading Balance

Achievements of the Project

  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara was recognized for her outstanding contribution in reviewing by the Life Sciences journal, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara is an invited speaker for the 2nd International Conference of Traditional and Complementary Medicine on Health 2015 (ICTCMH 2015) from 24 – 27 October 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Miss Mindani Watawana received the ACN Travel Award to attend the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition 2015 from 14 – 18 May 2015 in Yokohama, Japan
  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara received the Developing Country Sponsorship Award to attend the 17th International Union of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST) World Congress in Montreal, Canada from 17 – 21 August 2014
  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara was invited to the Uva Wellassa University Research Symposium from 12-13 December 2013 as a judge of the Animal Science Technical Session
  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara participated in the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Annual conference as an invited speaker, session chair and judge of the student research symposium from 2-4 July 2013 in Hastings, New Zealand
  • Dr. Viduranga Waisundara was appointed by the International Union of Food Science and Technology as the Global Harmonization Initiative Ambassador for Sri Lanka from April 2013 onwards
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