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


Sunday, 17 February 2019
ASSAf Recognises Outstanding Achievement

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) recognised two of South Africa’s foremost scholars with gold medals at its prestigious Annual Awards Ceremony held in Pretoria on 10 October 2018. ASSAf annually awards ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year the awards were presented to physician-scientist, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, and palaeoanthropologist, Professor Lee Berger.

Publication Date:
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 11:45
Top Scholars in South Africa Honoured

Twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018. As the official Academy of South Africa, ASSAf has as core function to honour the country’s most outstanding scholars by electing them to Membership of the Academy. ASSAf Members are drawn from the full spectrum of disciplines. New Members are elected each year by the full existing Membership. Membership of the Academy is a great honour and is in recognition of scholarly achievement. Members are the core asset of the Academy and give of their time and expertise voluntarily in the service of society.

Publication Date:
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 11:45
The Coming of Age of Drug-Susceptibility Testing for Tuberculosis

CIDRI-Africa Contributing and Principal Investigators A/Prof. Helen Cox and Prof. Valerie Mizrahi's editorial on genomic approaches to Mtb drug susceptibility testing was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Publication Date:
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 - 10:45
Candidate tuberculosis (TB) vaccine can prevent active pulmonary TB in HIVnegative adults in phase II study

A primary analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows positive results in a clinical trial conducted in tuberculosis-endemic regions. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 - 10:15