UCT offers a truly integrated environment for translational research in communicable and non communicable diseases afflicting people in Africa. It has both the infrastructure as well as numerous groups working on pre-clinical and clinical research in the Western Cape province where UCT is based.
Through institutions like the Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research in Africa and the UCT Lung institute there are ongoing research programmes looking into the biology of the South African and African population and how diseases affect them. There is also a strong research capacity into infectious disease through the Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine (IDM).
To augment this, the UCT Clinical Research Centre offers access to clinical trial sites spanning all phases of clinical trials and a diverse patient population. There are numerous clinical trials running at any one moment with many clinicians experienced in managing clinical trials on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, both locally and internationally