South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Media Release

16 October 2015

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) reports yet another flawless audit to Parly

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 saw SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray present the Council’s sterling 2014-2015 annual report to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health. Discussing the SAMRC’s performance against its planned strategic objectives, Professor Gray shared that the council had received its third consecutive clean audit.

The SAMRC, which funds and conducts medical research into the top ten causes of mortality in South Africa, awarded R30 million to five of the country’s historically under resourced universities to fund research projects that will ultimately contribute to the prevention, reduction and control of disease.  “A clean audit is a bonus to our significant investment efforts to transform the medical research space,” she said.

The SAMRC has also, through collaborations with the Gates Foundation; the UKMRC-Newton Fund and PATH, secured R100 million funding into the organisation for the next three years cementing its ability to lead medical innovation and technology development in the country.  The council now also boasts eight new extramural research units and three cancer centres of research.  Research will focus on HIV/AIDS/TB, stem cell research, malaria, and non-communicable diseases.

The council affirmed its breath and depth of medical research ability by producing 481 peer reviewed articles during the year in review.  In promoting innovation and technology 31 invention projects were funded and 101 research grants awarded in the 2014/15 reporting period.  86 Bursaries, scholarships and fellowships were provided to post-graduate participants at different universities. 

The Portfolio Committee on Health was also informed of the medical innovation projects being led by the council to address grave socio-economic challenges in resource poor settings.  These projects included the following:

  • A medical innovation to rapidly diagnose TB in resource poor settings
  • Urinary TB biomarkers
  • Early detection of type two diabetes to improve the health of diabetics through prevention, early detection and treatment

Please find the SAMRC presentation delivered to the Portfolio Committee on Health, Summative Report and the 2014/15 Annual Report.

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