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Date – 16th November 2018
Time – 10.00am -10.30am Initial Discussion with Vice Chancellor USJP
Time – 10.30pm – 1.30 pm Workshop “Assuring the Integrity of our own Natural Products: DNA Barcoding”
Venue -Board Room, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

 The World Class University Project (WCUP), University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP), will be hosting a Workshop“Assuring the Integrity of our own Natural Products: DNA Barcoding” andBrain storming session in collaboration with national Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan (NSYSU) on the 16th of November 2018, from 10.30am to 12.30 pm at The University of Sri Jayewardenepura.22 Academic delegates from NSYSU will be arriving to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura from the disciplines of Engineering, Science & Marine Sciences and Management / Business. The delegates will be visiting the respective faculties in USJP to have further discussions after their initial discussion with the Vice Chancellor and Deans of faculties, USJP from 10.00AM to 10.30 AM.

The rising number of natural and organic products with herbal extracts and antioxidant properties is fuelling the growth of this market and one of the main challenges is food fraud, adulteration. DNA barcoding is a molecular technology that allows the identification of plant materials at the species level, by sequencing short stretches of standardized gene sequences from nuclear or organelle genome in an easy, rapid, accurate and cost-effective manner.

The goal of this workshop is the advancement of future research collaborations, Postgraduate Fellowships, student/staff exchange programs and the establishment of business incubators linking industry and academia with regards to the MOU that USJP signed with NYSYU.

The Workshop output will be a set of significant outcomes and active decisions that will be leveraged through over 150 participants drawn from within the Civil Service, CEOs of natural products industry, Entrepreneurs, Academics and Non-Academics, within the Island. More than 35 companies from the Private sector, 25 from the Government sector and 8 Institutions will be participating.

The Workshop will be chaired by two Professors from National Sun Yat-sen University;

  1. a) “Evaluating the genetic diversity for conservation and sustainable use of natural Chinese medical plant resources” by Prof. Yu –Chung Chiang
  2. b) “From Natural Products to Drug Discovery” by Prof. Chih-Chuang Liaw

This will lay the foundation towards the initiation of a National Centre addressing this issue and certification of natural products with international accreditation and eventually lead to the cessation of Adulterations of Natural Products in Sri Lanka.

It is a great honour to invite you to actively participate in the interactive session/workshop.

The poster of the workshop is attached and please inform others who are interested to learn about this cutting-edge technology.

Please confirm your participation by email (wcup@sjp.ac.lk)

Prof. Ranil de Silva
Director, World Class University Project
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Contact: 0112758697 (ext 8697)
Email: wcup@sjp.ac.lk


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