Childhood Respiratory Disease Study Circle (CRDSC) – 2008 onwards

The original Respiratory Disease Study Group (RDSG) was formed in the year 2000 by a group of interested medical professionals including Respiratory Physicians, Specialist Paediatricians and Family Physicians. The aim of this group was to improve patient care services, disseminate knowledge and encourage research in the field of respiratory medicine. Over a period of 8 years, this group managed to achieve these aims by conducting Symposia, Academic Meetings, encouraging research activities and holding public awareness programmes. It has also functioned in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Health in matters pertaining to patient care.

While appreciating the tremendous work carried out by the RDSG, a group of interested Specialist Consultant Paediatricians felt the need to form a separate academic body pertaining to respiratory diseases of children. This was particularly relevant in view of the possibility of commencing the training programme for Paediatric Pulmonology as a sub-specialty in the very near future.

The inaugural meeting of the Childhood Respiratory Disease Study Circle (CRDSC) was held on

9th March 2008. Twenty-five Paediatricians participated. At the meeting, it was decided that the academic body should be named the “Childhood Respiratory Disease Study Circle (CRDSC).”

The following Office bearers were elected.

JOINT SECRETARIES: Dr. Samantha Waidyanatha and Dr. Manel Fernando
JOINT EDITORS: Prof. Wasantha Karunasekera and Dr. Aswini D Fernando
TREASURER: Dr. Kalyani Guruge
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Dr. Maxie Fernandopulle, Dr. R Mudiyanse, Dr. Lakkumar Fernando, Dr. Priyantha Perera, Dr. Guwani Liyanage

The declared objectives of the CRDSC are:

  1. a) To advance knowledge of, and education in, paediatric respiratory diseases among the

members of the medical profession and the general public.

  1. b) To facilitate research in paediatric respiratory diseases, both individual and

collaborative efforts.

  1. c) To promote interaction between those who are engaged in the prevention,

management of childhood respiratory diseases and research.

  1. d) To function in an advisory capacity regarding guidelines in management of respiratory

diseases as well as storage, distribution, quality control and use of respiratory drugs

and devices.

The organisation has had several Annual General Meetings and Council Meetings. It has organised three Scientific Congresses in Colombo and a few Regional Scientific Meetings in the out-stations, all attended by a considerable number of participants.