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1 April 2015

The South African Medical Research Councilís new extramural units kick off new financial period

Today marks the commencement of the SAMRC’s new extramural units. This after it was announced that the council would invest R40 Million in eight critical areas of research. These units have been selected based on the Burden of Disease that faces South Africa and researchers that are best poised to answer critical questions that will impact on the health and well-being of South Africans, both in urban and rural areas of our country. The extramural units are based at universities and research institution across South Africa.

Each of the eight units will be awarded R1 Million per annum over a five (5) year period. SAMRC President, Professor Glenda Gray expressed this decision as another critical step in the right direction to producing cutting edge, high impact medical research.

“This has been a long process that required rigorous international peer review,” says Professor Gray. “These units have been chosen because they conduct cutting edge research that will impact on the health of South Africans, we are excited to see South African scientists embarking on such bold projects.”



Area of Research

Prof Abdool Karim

HIV/TB Pathogenesis and Treatment

Prof Michael Pepper

Stem Cell Research and Therapy

Prof Heather Zar

Child and Adolescent Lung Health

Prof Alvaro Viljoen

Herbal Drugs

Prof Aletta Schutte

Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

Prof Patrick Arbuthnot

Antiviral Gene Therapy

Prof Helene Schnieder

Health Services to Systems Research

Prof Anthony Okoh

Microbial Water Quality Monitoring

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