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9 February 2015

The South African Medical Research Council responds to cancer and founds Cancer Research Centres around the country

Cape Town, 09 February 2015 – The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has partnered with three of the country’s major universities to establish cancer centers.  The University of Witwatersrand (WITS), University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) have been selected to conduct research that ultimately seeks to tackle what has become one of the country’s leading causes of death.

The SAMRC is dedicated to exploring medical research in the hope of reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases such as cancer,” says President of the SAMRC Professor Glenda Gray. “We currently have an exceptional unit that focuses solely on non-communicable diseases but the rapid rise in the number of cancer-related deaths in South Africa in the last few years has urged us to further investigate the disease in a South African context.”

Professor Thandinkosi Madiba, Head of Surgery at UKZN will head the KwaZulu Natal Prospective Gastroinstetinal Cancer Research Centre while Professor Paul Ruff, Head of the Medical Oncology Unit at WITS will head the SAMRC/WITS Common Epithelial Cancer Research Centre. Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCT’s Professor Lynette Denny will head the SAMRC/UCT Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre.  


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