Annual Report

The South African Medical Research Council was established in 1969, and has an obligation to fund and conduct medical research. The SAMRC’s mandate is guided by the SAMRC Act, and it invests financial and human resources into medical research that may lead to drug or vaccine discovery, affordable  diagnostics and devices that will impact on the well-being of South Africans. The primary scope of the SAMRC’s research includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical research and public health studies. Research at the SAMRC focuses on the top 10 causes of death in South Africa, and includes TB, HIV,  burden of disease, chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, and women’s health.

In order to deliver on this imperative mandate, the organisation is led by the National Department of Health and works with other key stakeholders such as the Department of Science and Technology, South African and international science councils, medical schools, universities, research institutions, and  international collaborators.


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