South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Contact Details

Postal PO Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505
Physical Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley, Cape Town
Tel 021 938 0911
Fax 021 938 0200


The mission of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is to improve the nation's health and quality of life through promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research. The scope of the organisation's research projects includes tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse.

With a strategic objective to help strengthen the health systems of the country, the SAMRC's goals are to: identify the main causes of death in South Africa; formulate suitable interventions to either prevent diseases in a certain population group or improve the standard of living of people living with existing medical conditions; set up a dedicated funding department to pay for the development of novel treatment regimens, especially vaccines, as well as improved diagnostic tools; localise the production of new drugs and devices, and thereby allow the South African economy to grow; distinguish and award scientific excellence with its annual Scientific Merit Awards; and acknowledge the contributions of established scientists, while recognising fresh scientists with ground-breaking efforts in their individual fields of science, engineering and technology.

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