Division Manager: Dr Thabi Maitin
research is a systematic activity that continually generates new
knowledge by contributing to the extension and application of the existing
body of knowledge. It is this continuous generation and application of knowledge
that enables the MRC to fulfill its vision of Building a Healthy Nation through
capacity development is a process of building and enhancing the
competencies of individuals and of creating supportive and enabling environments
at institutions in order to bring about a greater ability to perform relevant
and excellent research. In the South African context this involves:
- Building on our strong
biomedical research base to ensure that we have the appropriate capabilities
in rapidly developing fields such as genomics and bioinformatics.
- Ensuring that we develop
appropriate research capabilities across the full spectrum of health research
while focussing on areas with limited capacity such as public health, the
behavioural sciences, ethics and human rights.
- Facilitating greater
involvement of individuals from the Historically Black Universities and
Technikons in health research.
- Creating opportunities
for nurses and the allied health professionals to advance their research
capabilities and to develop scientific leadership for health research in
- Developing and retaining
a strong human resource base for health research in South Africa.