Allergy Research

The Allergy Centre offers expertise care and research opportunities in patients with or suspected of allergies. We are hoping to conduct studies in the major forms in which they present such as food allergy, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma and drug allergy. In conjunction with our newly formed laboratory and specialized diagnostic tests, we hope to provide groundbreaking clinical research and world-class patient care.

Need

The World Allergy Organisation (WAO) approximates the prevalence of allergy in the total population of a nation ranges between 10-40%, and this as well as their implications are on the rise in relation to environmental and lifestyle changes associated with the constant progression of urbanization and globalization. It is essential to appreciate the debilitating nature of allergic diseases on the quality of life of patients and their families, impacting their individual development, career plans and lifestyle choices. Therefore, despite recent advances in allergy diagnosis, management and basic science, there is still urgency to prioritize and concert research efforts to fulfil the major knowledge gaps in allergy which fall under the themes of mechanism; prevention; epidemiological surveillance; phenotypes and endotypes; biomarkers for prediction, diagnosis, classification, treatment response; severe disease and exacerbations; and novel treatments including biologicals, vaccines, new drugs.

Objectives

We thrive to design, initiate, implement and continue high-quality research in our Allergy Research Centre in keeping concurrence with national and international centres targeting to enhance allergy related patient care. Research in the fields of prevention, diagnosing and treatment will enable us to contribute to better quality of life for allergic patients as well as to develop interventions to prevent and treat allergic diseases.

Allergy Clinic

Every Tuesday by appointments upon calling us or walk in. Opportunity to seek specialist advice and get your allergies tested.

Life Project

Anaphylaxis is “a serious, life-threatening generalized or systemic hypersensitivity reaction” and “a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and might cause death.” Anaphylaxis common causes include foods, insect stings, medications and latex. In managing anaphylaxis the first line drug of choice is adrenaline (epinephrine).

Anaphylaxis register: We are about to establish the first ever registry for those who have experienced anaphylaxis in Sri Lanka.  This would enable those patients to have continuous care and follow up at our centre under specialist care. It would also provide a means of education for those who suffered and their families, in order to act fast in an event of future episodes. The anaphylaxis register would give us the opportunity to contact those registered on a timely basis for workshops and events that will provide useful information on allergies and anaphylaxis.

Epinephrine Auto-Injector distribution: We are dedicated to providing those registered in the anaphylaxis register, free Epinephrine Auto-Injectors. These are essential lifesaving medication to be carried around for those who have had previous anaphylaxis reactions and usually comes at a costly price. However, as an obligation to providing better healthcare to the community and being the focal point of allergy care in Sri Lanka, we will be distributing them free of charge.