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  • The South African Medical Research Council recognises the catastrophic and persisting consequences of colonialism and apartheid, including land dispossession and the intentional imposition of educational and health inequities. Acknowledging the SAMRC’s historical role in, and silence on, health and research inequalities during apartheid, the organisation commits its capacities and resources to continued promotion of equity and dignity in health and health care.
  • SAMRC Vevo F2 Imager Facility: Elevating In vivo Preclinical Research
    The SAMRC’s Vevo F2 facility allows state-of-the-art non-invasive, real-time imaging for preclinical biological and physiological research. The advanced Vevo F2 imaging system will enhance the understanding of disease mechanisms, drug efficacy, and therapeut
  • The South African Medical Research Council renews funding for GARDP’s work in neonatal sepsis
    The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) is pleased to announce renewed funding from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to support GARDP’s work in developing improved treatments for newborn babies with sepsis. The
  • Celebrating Scientific Milestones: SAMRC Genomics Platform Sequences 10,000 Samples
    The month of March was a big month for the SAMRC Genomics Platform and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in South Africa. The GP sequenced its 10,000th sample – a landmark achievement. The GP sequencing service started with 9 human genomes in 2019
  • WCED supports Gen S as a Career Planning programme in support of learners making informed career decisions
    The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) hosts the Generation Science (Gen S) job shadowing programme annually, an initiative that started in 2022. Following a successful meeting between team members from the Corporate and Marketing Communication Div
  • South African Medical Research Council Addresses Misinformation Amid Study Conduct in Communities
    The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is addressing concerns over the dissemination of misleading information impacting their staff's safety in communities where the organisation is conducting its research. The SAMRC is currently undertaking th
  • The launch of “Saving Lives: Sisonke” a documentary that chronicles the historic vaccine study rollout in South Africa
    When the world was facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic with global vaccine shortages, a project named Sisonke was initiated to provide healthcare workers with a COVID-19 vaccine to protect them in their line of duty. Today a documentar
  • New classification of tuberculosis to support efforts to eliminate the disease
    A new way to classify tuberculosis (TB) that aims to improve focus on the early stages of the disease has been presented by an international team led by researchers at University College London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Walter
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Who we are

The SAMRC was established in 1969 and is dedicated to improving the health of people in South Africa, through research, innovation, development, and technology transfer. The scope of research includes laboratory investigations, clinical research, and public health studies.

 

We conduct research on South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease: maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and TB, non-communicable diseases, and interpersonal violence. Our work is to acquire evidence-based information to inform health policy and practice and improve the quality and health status of people in South Africa.

 

Vision & Mission

Building a healthy nation through research, innovation and transformation

To advance the nation’s health and quality of life and address inequity by conducting and funding relevant and responsive health research, capacity development, innovation and research translation

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TB conference
When Science Meets Art - The SAMRC 8th TB Conference Exhibition
The World Health Organization (WHO) has set 2025 as a crucial milestone in the End TB Strategy. The National Development Plan (NDP…
The South African Medical Research Council renews funding for GARDP’s work in neonatal sepsis
The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) is pleased to announce renewed funding from the South African M…
Genomics Platform Sequences 10,000 Samples
Celebrating Scientific Milestones: SAMRC Genomics Platform Sequences 10,000 Samples
The month of March was a big month for the SAMRC Genomics Platform and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in South Africa…

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Webinar - NDoH Standard Treatment Guidelines & Essential Medicines List, 25 June 2024
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Non-Compulsory Briefing: Request For Applications for Equipment/Infrastructure Support for the Research, Development, Testing and Pilot Scale Production of Vaccines in SA, 26 June 2024
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9th Southern Africa Malaria Research Conference
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Health Systems Research Symposium, 27 August 2024
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Biomedical Research & Innovation Platform Conference 2024, 16-17 October 2024
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10th SAMRC Scientific Merit Award Winners
Sisonke Documentary - Teasers

Caregivers who support children & adolescents living with HIV in South Africa need more support. Dr Darshini Govindasamy chats with the SABC on how the CWEL+ intervention assists with this