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Child & Adolescent Health (MRC/UCT)

The MRC Unit on Child & Adolescent Health undertakes translational research focused on priority childhood diseases including TB, pneumonia and HIV and the intersection of infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases such as asthma. Research integrates perspectives from basic, clinical and population science.

A flagship study is a longitudinal birth cohort study, the Drakenstein Child Health study, to investigate the antenatal and early life determinants of child health, with a focus on childhood pneumonia, and the impact of early infection on chronic disease. The unit is Directed by Prof Heather Zar, Head of the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at UCT and Red Cross Childrens Hospital.