History

The Human Genetics Unit (HGU) which was established in 1983 is one of the oldest genetics centres in the South Asian region. It was founded by Professor Vidya Jyothi Rohan W. Jayasekara who served as its Director for more than three decades. Its current director is Professor Vidya Jyothi Vajira H. W. Dissanayake. The HGU serves as the national referral centre for human genetics services in the country. Over the past four decades, it has risen to the status of a centre of excellence in human genetics and genomics in Sri Lanka. The HGU is dedicated to providing clinical genetics and genomic services including genetic testing, genetic counselling as well as genetics and genomics education.

The Human Genetics Society (HGS) was founded on 04th January 2020 with the aim of bringing together Alumni of the Human Genetics Unit (HGU), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was set up with the intention of connecting and providing a networking forum for individuals in various disciplines falling under the umbrella of human genetics and genomics in Sri Lanka. The membership body consists of persons with recognized qualifications in the field of human genetics and genomics who are serving in the capacity of lecturers, clinicians, laboratory scientists, and researchers in basic sciences at various institutions, both locally and abroad. Our goal is to integrate and advance human genetics and genomics in science, health, and society through excellence in research, education, training and advocacy. Through the establishment of a collaborative network, we envision a community in which people recognize the immense role that human genetics and genomics plays in health and disease in Sri Lanka and globally.