Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa)
The Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) was officially launched in April 2017. The Centre evolved from the previously-known Wellcome Trust-funded Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative (CIDRI), following new funding from the Wellcome Trust.
The Centre will be directed by Honorary Professor Robert J Wilkinson, supported by co-applicants representing departments and divisions across the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) and the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT.
The Centre supports 3 platforms:
- Clinical - led by Professor Graeme Meintjes from the Department of Medicine and the IDM
- Biosafety Level III Laboratory – led by Professor Valerie Mizrahi, Director of the IDM
- Biomedical Data Integration – jointly led by Professors Nicola Mulder, Head of Computational Biology and the IDM, and Andrew Boulle from School of Public Health and Family Medicine
The additional co-applicants to the Wellcome Trust who also form the Steering Committee for the Centre are:
- Professor Bongani Mayosi – Dean Faculty of Health Sciences
- Professor Gary Maartens – Head of Clinical Pharmacology
- Professor Carolyn Williamson, Division of Medical Virology
- Professor Clifton Barry – Honorary Professor, UCT; National Institutes of Health, USA
- Professor Mark Nicol – Head of Division, Medical Microbiology
- Associate Professor Tom Scriba – Deputy Director Immunology: SATVI
- Professor Frank Brombacher – Scientific Co-ordinator and Group Leader, ICGEB-CT and based in the IDM
See CIDRI-Africa: (www.cidri.uct.ac.za)