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arrow South African Medical Research Council Board appoints Dr Ali Dhansay Acting President. (23 December 2009)
arrow The MRC has been reappointed as Africa host for the European Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) Secretariat. (23 December 2009)
arrow A new MRC study reveals that microbicide gel safe but not effective in preventing HIV infection. (14 December 2009)
arrow MRC raises concern about escalating hookah pipe smoking over festive season. (11 December 2009)
arrow MRC/Netcare hosts the Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship Gala Dinner on 3 December 2009. (1 December 2009)
arrow Topics to be discussed at the fifth (5th) Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference held at the Durban ICC from 30 November to 2 December 2009.  (30 November 2009)
arrow Members of the media are invited to attend the fifth (5th) Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference to be held at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, Durban ICC from 30 November to 2 December 2009.  
arrow Prominent South African researcher to head Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva. (26 October 2009)
arrow The Minister of Science & Technology’s speech on the opening of the African Network of Drug and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) held at the MRC in Cape Town. Read further (4 October 2009)
arrow The SA MRC is hosting an international meeting on the formation of the African Network of Drug and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) from 4 – 7 October 2009. Read further. (28 September 2009)
arrow WHO provides primary status to the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry in Africa, an initiative funded by European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and coordinated by the South African Cochrane Centre (SACC) at the Medical Research Council (MRC)…read further (25 September 2009)
arrow Gender and Health Research Unit study discovers that sexual coercion of men by men and women cannot be compared directly. Coercion by men is considered violation and that by women considered temptation. Read more. (27 August 2009)
arrow MRC launches World Report on Child Injury Prevention in Cape Town. Read more. (19 August 2009)
arrow The role and effect of alcohol use on female homicide cases in the Western Cape read further. (17 August 2009)
arrow MRC appoints Senior Research Manager, Dr Sandile Williams. Read more. (6 August 2009)
arrow The MRC is launching the SAAVI 102/HVTN 073 vaccine clinical trial in Crossroads, Cape Town today. It is a phase 1 placebo-controlled clinical trial. Read the media statement. (20 July 2009)
arrow SA tests Aids vaccine. Read more. (Source: Mail & Guardian) (20 July 2009)
arrow Coordinated evidence-based responses to end sexual violence. Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum hosted by MRC in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6 - 9 July 2009.  Read more. (7 July 2009)
arrow MRC scientists with the Malaria Research Lead Programme are at the forefront of Malaria control globally. To view the full study click here (pdf format, 17kb). (30 June 2009)
arrow The MRC’s Gender and Health Research Unit reports on correlation between rape, physical intimate partner violence and HIV. Read further (pdf, 92kb) (18 June 2009)
arrow Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announces historic partnership with Tibotec Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, in response to the urgent need to accelerate the discovery and development of new drugs to fight tuberculosis (TB). The MRC serves on the Board of the TB AllianceRead the Press Release on the partnership. (17 June 2009)
arrow The SA MRC in conjunction with the Human Sciences Research Counicl (HSRC) published the “SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2008 - A Turning Tide Among Teeangers?” last week. Read more (pdf , 653kb), on the survey results. (10 June 2009)
arrow SA Medical Research Council scientists were at the forefront in a collaborative effort in the battle against Multidrug-Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (TB). It is hailed as one of the greatest breakthroughs of TB research in over 40 years. To view the full study click here (pdf, 77kb) and to read about an editorial on the study click here. (15 June 2009)
arrow Monash South Africa signs an historic agreement with the SA Medical Research Council and UNISA. Read more. (3 June 2009)
arrow On Tuesday, 26 May 2009 outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) were acknowledged at the 11th NSTF Awards gala dinner, held at the Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park. Read further. (27 May 2009)
arrow Four individual MRC scientists and one Research Unit is up for top honours tonight at the Annual National Science and technology Forum (NSTF) Awards ceremony in Johannesburg. Read more. (26 May 2009)
arrow The South African Medical Research Council is celebrating 40 years of TB research and will be hosting a TB Colloquium on 3-4 June 2009 at the MRC’s Cape Town offices in Parowvallei. The media is invited to attend. For more detail information on the prestigious event click here. (26 May 2009)
arrow MRC press statement on hookah pipe smoking (7 May 2009)
arrow Annually malaria continues to cause at least one million global deaths with over 90% from Africa (WHO, 2008). (28 April 2009)
arrow Male Circumcision Reduces HIV Risk: No Further Evidence Needed (15 April 2009)
arrow HIV/AIDS Handbook for Local Government launched at SA AIDS Conference (2 April 2009)
arrow In celebration of World TB Day on 24 March 2009, the MRC has released the following media statement. (Tuesday, 24 March 2009)
arrow The MRC, together with SASOL,  won the Technology Top 100 award for Excellence in the Management of Research – in the established category. (Friday, 13 March 2009)
arrow The Medical Research Council has launched a new technology to enable healthcare service delivery to the Botshabelo community in the Free State to become one of the first beneficiaries of four Primary Healthcare Telemedicine Workstations that will be implemented at rural hospitals in conjunction with the Free State Department of Health. (Thursday, 12 March 2009)
arrow NHS patients to benefit as top flight Academic Health Science Centres named. Read more. (Monday, 9 March 2009)
arrow Read more about a clinical trial involving more than 3,000 women in southern Africa and the United States which has demonstrated, for the first time, the promise of a vaginal microbicide gel for preventing HIV infection in women. (Monday, 9 February 2009) (pdf format, 35kb)
arrow Read more about a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the candidate Microbicides, Buffergel and Pro 2000 for prevention of HIV. (Monday, 9 February 2009) (pdf format, 93kb)
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