Acting Director: Prof Samuel Manda
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is one of South Africa's largest public organisations dedicated to advancing knowledge in all areas of public health by doing Health related research. It consists of a number of separate units and centres located across South Africa, each with its own area of research.
The Biostatistics Unit (BU) is a multi-centre multidisciplinary intra-mural research facility in the MRC. The Unit hosts three disciplines: Biostatistics (BIOSTATS), Geographical Information Systems (Health-GIS Centre) and the South African Food Data System (SAFOODS). The Unit has three regional offices, situated in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. SAFOODS is situated in Cape Town whereas the Health-GIS Centre is based in Durban. BIOSTATS has a complement of senior and junior statistical staff, nutrician scientist and data encoders in each of the three regional offices.
The Biostatistics Unit provides methodological, applied research and technical support to medical and health researchers working within the MRC network, national and international research bodies, including government departments and international networks and bodies. The Unit is involved with the evaluation of public health strategies and clinical studies, developing statistical, GIS and food composition and dietary research methodologies. It is involved in building the official South African Food Composition database and provided data support to researchers in the broader field of biomedical research and allied fields.