On 18 January 2014, Professor Pilane Liyanage Ariyananda, one of the Professors from the Department of Internal Medicine at the International Medical University was awarded a certificate of recognition by the President of the Republic of Sri Lanka for citation of his research published in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology in 2009. Speaking on this achievement, Professor Ariyananda said, “I feel extremely happy and honoured to have received this certificate of recognition for my research”. Research was conducted on a series of 117 patients with oxalic acid and potassium permanganate poisoning, which the biggest case series of such poisoning reported in world literature. The award ceremony was on 18 January 2014, in Sri Lanka. As I was in Malaysia, it was awarded to me in absentia.” Prior to joining the IMU in January 2013, Professor Ariyananda served as a doctor in Sri Lanka for more than 40 years, including a 32-year period in the capacity of a specialist General Physician and University Medical Teacher at University of Ruhuna. During his tenure at University of Ruhuna, he held many administrative and academic positions including posts such as Dean of Medicine, Head of Internal Medicine and Director of Staff Development of the University; and the Chair of the Board of Study in Internal Medicine of the Sri Lankan Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. Professor Ariyananda also serves in the capacity of Adjunct Professor, at the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, North Carolina, USA. Last year, he received the title of ‘Emeritus Professor’ at the annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony held at University of Ruhuna, in Galle, Sri Lanka in recognition of his 32 years of service in the University. Congratulations to Professor Ariyananda, one of the highly respected professionals in IMU’s Faculty.