IDMIDMThe Institute is comprised of 32 Full, 16 Associate,
15 Affiliate and 15 Adjunct Members. We have over 220 research officers and technical & administrative support staff, 230 Masters and PhD students, and 65 Postdoctoral Fellows based within the Institute Members' laboratories.

Our 20 research groups include amongst others:

  • The South African TB Vaccine Initiative (SATVI)
  • The Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa)
  • The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (DHTC)
  • Six Research Chairs awarded under the South African Research Chairs Initiative
  • Four South African Medical Research Council (MRC) Units
  • Two South African MRC Research Groups, and
  • The UCT node of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research

Our scientific base includes:

    Molecular and cell biology • Immunology • Virology
    Genetics and genomics • Biochemistry • Microbiology
    Pharmacology • Vaccinology • Molecular epidemiology
    Structural, high-throughput and computational biology

Our outcomes are translational and applied in our communities through multi-disciplinary teams comprising technologists, pharmacists, nursing professionals and clinical research workers. Community participation and support are a critical cog in this wheel. Consortia both national and international contribute to our strength.

Our training of African scientists in Africa and for Africa is one of our core functions. We also have a commitment to developing the next generation of academics through targeted programmes.

Our position within South Africa, which has the largest HIV epidemic & second highest incidence rate of TB in the world plus a rapidly growing burden of non-communicable diseases, uniquely positions the IDM to contribute significantly to tackling these diseases.

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