SAC Welcomes Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Chandani Liyanage is a visiting Fulbright Fellow from
Sri Lanka affiliated with the South Asia Center. Liyanage received her PhD from
the University of Delhi in 2007, and she specializes in medical sociology,
medical anthropology, contemporary social issues, social policy, social
protection and social development, disaster management, and applied sociology.
Liyanage is a senior lecturer at the University of Colombo,
Sri Lanka, and has served in a wide range of leadership roles. She is also a
prolific researcher and a writer.
Liyanage gave a talk on the discourse between laypeople and
the experts on the unknown etiology of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka, as
part of the Center’s Fall Speaker Series on November 15. Chronic Kidney Disease
with unknown origin is a leading health problem in contemporary Sri Lanka. The
talk included a discussion on the ethical issues related to scientific
investigations and health care delivery systems within Sri Lanka.
Liyanage has brought her son, Thiran Vishwajith, to stay
with her for her six month long program.