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
Ambroise Wonkam awarded major grant from African Academy of Sciences

His five year programme is entitled ‘Hearing Impairment Genetic Studies in Africa’ (HI-GENES Africa), and he will work with colleagues from Cameroon, Mali, Ghana and South Africa.


Publication Date:
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:30
Robert Millar wins AU 2017 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence

This Continental Award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement and contribution, through science, to socioeconomic development in Africa.


Publication Date:
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:30
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Newly-discovered TB blood signal provides early warning for at-risk patients

Tuberculosis can be detected in people with HIV infection via a unique blood signal before symptoms appear, according to the results of a new study led by researchers based in CIDRI-Africa (in the IDM) and international colleagues.


Publication Date:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:30
Another win for H3D as Kelly Chibale achieves A-rating

Kelly Chibale's invaluable contribution to the ongoing battle against malaria – amongst others – has been awarded an 'A' rating by the National Research Foundation.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 08:00