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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer.

The scope of the SAMRC’s research includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical research and public health studies.  Research at the SAMRC focuses on the ten highest causes of death in South Africa and includes TB, HIV, chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, and women’s health.

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Image 01 Call now open: National Health Scholars Programme - A partnership between the NHRC, PHEF and the SAMRC. Closing date: 30 October 2015

September 28, 2015

Image 01 Media Invite: SAMRC speaks at the 21st South African Psychology Congress

September 15, 2015

Image 01 Media Release: South African Medical Research Council plays crucial part in global polio eradication

September 11, 2015


The South African Medical Research Council strongly supports excellence in health research and has established a set of medal awards to recognise world-class science.

The Awards are among South Africa’s most prestigious and are dedicated to contributions to health research in South Africa.


Calendar of meetings and events
Image 03 PHASA Conference, 7 - 9 October 2015, Durban, South Africa
Early Career Scientist Convention, 19 - 20 October 2015,
SAMRC Conference Centre, Cape Town.
9th World Congress of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), 9 - 11 November 2015, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
6th International Conference on Community Psychology, 27 - 30 May 2016, ICC, Durban
Disclaimer: MRC is a research organisation and does not provide medical advice
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