Director: Prof Andre Pascal Kengne
Mission of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit (NCDRU)
To formulate and apply an integrated programme of research and capacity development in order to improve the prevention, understanding, detection and management of non-communicable diseases, with a major focus on cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in South Africa.
For the next five years, the unit is contemplating a research program comprising both pre-clinical, clinical and population-based studies with a major concentration of cardiometabolic diseases. On the clinical and the population-based side, the unit will focus on a number of priorities including:
- Generating reliable estimates of the burden of major cardiometabolic diseases and risk factors overall and in specific segments of the populations such as people with HIV infection, and develop a monitoring system to track changes over time.
- Develop and test context specific strategies for detecting people at high risk of cardiometabolic diseases both in clinical settings and at the population level.
- Develop and test cost-effective strategies for implementing primary and secondary prevention of major cardiometabolic diseases in clinical settings and at the population levels.