Who we are

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population, through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life. 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 – in line with that of the Department of Health, the SAMRC constantly identifies the main causes of death in South Africa.


Building a healthy nation through research, innovation and transformation


To advance the nation’s health and quality of life and address inequity by conducting and funding relevant and responsive health research, capacity development, innovation and research translation

  • Young Scientist awards

  • Long Service Awards

  • Gala Events

  • Wellness days

  • Study support assistance

  • Heritage Day celebrations

  • Charles Parry

    Unit Director

    “ I started off as a Junior Scientist now Unit Director. I’ve grown in so many ways and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of a world-class research centre conducting globally relevant research. ”