The SAMRC was established in 1969 to conduct and fund health research, health innovation, development and research translation. The SAMRC focuses on the top ten causes of mortality, co-morbidities, disability and associated risk factors. The scope of research includes laboratory investigations, pre-clinical and clinical research, and public health studies.
The SAMRC’s research seeks to address South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease: maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and TB, non-communicable diseases and interpersonal violence. The SAMRC acquires the most accurate health information to inform policy and practice to improve the quality of life for the people in South Africa.
The SAMRC is the largest local funder of health research, medical diagnostics, medical devices, and therapeutics. To build human capacity in healthcare and ensure the sustainability of health research, the SAMRC has defined research capacity programmes, providing scholarships to Masters, PhDs and Postdoctoral scholars in medical and health sciences. As a custodian of health research, the SAMRC is building a healthy nation through research and innovation.
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