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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.
  • Award of Phase III of the Regional Prospective Observational Research on Tuberculosis (RePORT III) Project to a consortium led by the South African TB Vaccine Initiative
    The SAMRC is pleased to announce that it has awarded a R21 million grant to the South African TB Vaccine Initiative for Phase III for the RePORT Project. The RePORT project funds basic science and biomarker research that aids in the search for novel TB diagnos
  • SAMRC releases a study on e-cigarette and hookah advertisement targeted to university students
    A research study aimed to explore university students’ exposure to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and hookah through deliberate marketing and advertisement in South Africa was recently launched by the SAMRC on Thursday 15 February at the Durban Univers
  • Request for Applications to address the Global and African health challenges of Non-communicable diseases, Multimorbidity and One Health
    Cape Town | A new partnership between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) Medical Research Council (UKRI MRC) has been established to promote collaboration between researchers in South Africa
  • BRILLIANT Consortium holds its first in-person meeting in Cape Town, South Africa
    On the 22 and 23 January 2024, the BRILLIANT (BRinging Innovation to cLinical and Laboratory research to end HIV In Africa through New vaccine Technology) Consortium held its first in-person meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. As background, the BRILLIANT C
  • Using social media to build confidence in vaccines: lessons from community engagement and social science research in Africa
    Global research has highlighted the declining public confidence in vaccines, focussing on the important role of social media in contributing to this decline. As such, several public health interventions have used social media to counterbalance its risks and to
  • South African Medical Research Council Announces Prof. Ntobeko Ntusi as incoming President and CEO
    The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Prof. Ntobeko Ntusi as its new President and CEO, effective 1 July 2024. Prof Ntusi will succeed the esteemed Prof Glenda Gray, who has been the SAMRC President for t
  • A statement from the HIV Vaccine Trial Network on the PrEPVacc study announcement
    SEATTLE — Dec. 5, 2023 — Today PrEPVacc announced that vaccinations have been stopped in its HIV Phase 2 prevention study of experimental vaccine regimens running in East and Southern Africa due to lack of demonstrated efficacy in preventing HIV acquisitio
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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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Prof Debbie Bradshaw to be conferred Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town
Cape Town | Professor Debbie Bradshaw from the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Burden of Disease Research Unit (B…
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SAMRC releases a study on e-cigarette and hookah advertisement targeted to university students
A research study aimed to explore university students’ exposure to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and hookah through deliber…
Request for Applications to address the Global and African health challenges of Non-communicable diseases, Multimorbidity and One Health
Cape Town | A new partnership between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the United Kingdom Research and Innov…

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The SAMRC is pleased to announce an open call for proposals as part of a collaboration with the UKRI…
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The SAMRC is pleased to announce an open call for proposals as part of a collaboration with the UKRI…
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The SAMRC is pleased to announce an open call for proposals as part of a collaboration with the UKRI…
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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is inviting SAMRC-funded projects to apply for Te…
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SAPRIN is excited to announce an opportunity for a second nodal PhD fellowship, which uses a Princip…
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Due to the need for improved, science-based information and advice to direct development-oriented de…
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SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards
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55th SACENDU Symposia 2024
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8th SA TB Conference 2024
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9th Southern Africa Malaria Research Conference
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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

Xoli Mngambi from Newzroom Afrika interviews Prof Glenda Gray following the first Brilliant Consortium Meeting. Scientists spanning across sub-Saharan Africa gathering to mark the beginning towards the advancement of HIV vaccine research and development
Prof Ntobeko Ntusi, the incoming President and CEO of the SAMRC, speaks to Stephen Grootes about leading science and science advocacy as the SAMRC moving forward