Dear members and guests,

It is a great honour and privilege to be inducted as the 16th President of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists which is the sole professional body representing neurologists, neurophysiologists and paediatric neurologists in the country. The association has grown tremendously since its inception in 2007. It is promising to note that we have more than a hundred active members at present who are serving in various capacities throughout the island. During the past 15 years ASN has strived to accomplish its objectives in improving standards of neurological services. I take this opportunity to thank the Patron Deshamanya Vidyajothi Dr. J B Peiris and all the past presidents for guiding the association to achieve and maintain such high standards. The theme for the year 2022 “Bridging Basics with Futuristic Trends in Neurology” will be achieved through an extensive array of activities spread throughout the year.

As you all are aware the country is going through its worst economic crisis since gaining independence. Thus, planning and executing the year’s activities has become a real challenge. However, I am optimistic that with the support of the council, which is a mixture of experienced and young energetic neurologists, we will be able to carry out all activities planned for the year.

Finally I express my sincere gratitude to the membership for placing their trust in me to execute the duties and responsibilities of ASN President during these difficult times. Let ASN lead by example and serve the nation with renewed vigour, as that is also the need of the hour for the country’s leadership as well.

 Dr Darshana Sirisena

President (2022/23)

Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists