The IDM - a cross-faculty, 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 and molecular medicine.
Clinical Research
Clinical research relevant to the needs of Africa's people
The IDM influences health policy and practice by translating our scientific discoveries and applying them in various communities; community relationships and trust are critical.
IDM Capacity Building
Capacity building in the IDM
The largest research entity at UCT, the IDM is a national leader in research and health sciences human capital development.
Cell Imaging Microscope
IDM driving world class research
We conduct research at the laboratory-clinic-community interface by engaging a wide range of scientific and clinical disciplines; with 62 consortia linking us with 183 institutions in 22 African countries and 24 countries beyond.

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

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Thursday, 21 November 2019
Brain gain

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Neuroscience Institute is designed to be comprehensive in nature and cross-cutting in function. This distinguishes it from similar institutes in the global north and makes it possible for experts in a range of fields to come together to better understand African challenges: the interplay between the brain and conditions like trauma or infection, and its consequences for brain development and function.

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 10:15
PET-CT scanner heralds new era in TB research

The Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre (CUBIC) launched its Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) Core Research Facility on Wednesday, 13 November, bolstering capacity in cutting-edge research on tuberculosis (TB), oncology, neurocognitive disorders, cardiovascular and other diseases.

Publication Date:
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - 15:00
UCT researchers excel at L’Oréal-UNESCO awards

Four women researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were among the seven recognised by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme for their excellent contributions to science.

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 - 14:30
Umthombo 4: a spotlight on neuroscience

The latest issue of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) research magazine, Umthombo, was launched at the annual research function last night, along with the year’s Research and Innovation Highlights. The function, hosted by the UCT Research Office and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sue Harrison, is a celebration of the year’s research achievements and the people behind them.

Publication Date:
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 - 08:30