South African Medical Research Council


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 and innovation


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


A hope for kidney transplants for people living with HIV

07 Oct 2019

A study supported by the SAMRC has shown high rates of overall survival over five years

Thai HIV vaccine shows promising results

19 Sep 2019

Results of a study demonstrated significant cellular and antibody responses in South African participants