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
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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


Thursday, 21 June 2018
Ed Rybicki rated 'A' by the National Research Foundation

Ed Rybicki is acknowledged by the NRF as an internationally recognised leading scholar in his field of research - vaccine biotechnology.

Publication Date:
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 07:30
Positive results from research on vaginal ring containing dapivirine for HIV protection

Mid-study results provide important evidence that many of the women using the vaginal ring are achieving protection against HIV infection.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 16:30
A/Professor Jo-Ann Passmore and Dr Lindi Masson
Jo-Ann Passmore & Lindi Masson publish research in Nature Medicine

Jo-Ann Passmore, Lindi Masson and colleagues publish results that show immunological predictors of HIV risk may modify the effectiveness of tools for HIV prevention; and by reducing genital inflammation in women, HIV prevention efforts may be augmented.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 16:30
START partnership between Africa and the UK: training next-generation researchers in structural biology

Trevor Sewell has been the driving force behind the award of a major UK grant to UCT creating a Centre of Excellence in Structural Biology, focusing on diseases such as HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and African horse sickness.


Publication Date:
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 14:00