The IDM - a transfaculty, multidisciplinary postgraduate health research institute
Based on the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences campus in a 7,100 sqm state-of-the-art facility, we operate in the fields of infectious diseases & molecular medicine
Cell Imaging Microscope
IDM driving world class research
We conduct research at the laboratory-clinic-community interface by engaging a wide range of scientific & clinical disciplines; with 62 consortia linking us with 183 institutions in 22 African countries & 24 countries beyond.
IDM capacity building
Capacity building in the IDM
The largest research entity at UCT, the IDM is a national leader in research & health sciences human capital development.
Clinical research
Clinical research relevant to the needs of Africa's people
The IDM infuences health policy and practice by translating our scientific discoveries and applying them in the various communities; community relationships and trust are critical.

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University accredited research institute
Tackling diseases of importance in Africa
Developing people
Impacting health policy and practice


Friday, 22 March 2019
2nd Annual World TB Day NanoSymposium

Theme: Intervening along the spectrum of TB II

13:15 - 14:15 Keynote address: Prof Bryan Bryson, MIT/Harvard




Publication Date:
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 - 08:00
Imperial and MIT announce winners of first Africa-focused seed fund

The funded projects will bring scientists together from Imperial, MIT and partner institutions in Africa, to work on infectious disease, high energy physics and eco-friendly refrigerants.

The MIT - Africa - Imperial College London Seed Fund promotes early-stage collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT, Imperial and institutions in Africa.

The funding, worth $100,000 in total, will be used for exploratory research, small-scale experiments and for exchanges between the partner institutions.

Publication Date:
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 08:15
Once-in-a-lifetime fellowship

UCT’s Mandy Mason is among five young scientists to scoop one of the Crick African Network’s (CAN) first African Career Accelerator Awards.

Publication Date:
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 - 12:30
Winners of the IDM Postgraduate Student Publication Competition announced


The recent IDM Postgraduate Student Publication Competition, an initiative of the Institute Transformation Committee, was adjudicated by Emeritus Professor Siamon Gordon, Chair of the IDM’s International Scientific Advisory Committee and Emeritus Professor Wieland Gevers, Founding Director of the IDM. A total of 13 original research and 4 review articles were received from which the winning entries were selected and announced at a prize-giving event held in the IDM on 26 November. All 17 publications illustrate the high quality of research underway in the IDM and highlight the great depth of talent in our next-generation researchers.

Publication Date:
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 13:30