Building a healthy nation through research and innovation


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 GACD funds landmark research into prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Media Release)

August 20, 2015

Image 01 Developmental Research Unit publishes astonishing figures on hypertension in children (University of Witwatersrand Media Release)

August 18, 2015

Image 01 Media Release: Malaria research under the microscope

August 5, 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 SVRI Forum 2015, 15 - 17 September 2015, Stellenbosch
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)
Disclaimer: MRC is a research organisation and does not provide medical advice
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