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 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.
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.
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
“I see molecules everywhere – in hair, in clothes, in everything. It fascinates me that you can look at a molecule’s chemical structure and modify the bonds and structures to modify the properties of molecules. Then those new structures can be used for something terrible, like bombs, or for something wonderful, like foods and medicines.”
A new report charting global trends in HIV/AIDS research has identified South Africa as one of the global leaders in the field. The University of Cape Town (UCT) was also revealed to be the most influential institution, based on its global field-weighted citation impact.
National Immunisation Programs (NIPs) are mandated by the government to deliver life-saving vaccines to all communities in a country. Currently, most NIPs in Africa deliver vaccines to prevent more than 10 life-threatening diseases. Although NIPs now boast of many successes in the control, elimination and eradication of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), the continent lags behind the rest of the world with the introduction of new vaccines as well as attaining the required vaccination coverage rates of >90%.
In celebration of World Aids Day 2019, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) and the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Disease Research (CIDRI) in Africa hosted an exhibition highlighting the 2019 theme, “Communities make the Difference”. Photographs were displayed at UCT’s Institute of Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), displaying some of the outreach activities and community engagement staff of each organisation.