Cancer Research Initiative


Welcome to the Cancer Research Initiative

The Cancer Research Initiative (CRI) was established in 2013 and is housed in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. The aim of the Initiative is to facilitate integrated, interdisciplinary cancer research in the Faculty and beyond. Through collaborative research, the CRI pursues innovative, effective and relevant approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, placing the Faculty at the forefront of research endeavours to address the alarming cancer burden in Africa.

The CRI connects world-class researchers conducting basic, clinical and population-oriented cancer research in the Faculty and supports partnerships with national and international research institutions, NGO’s and funders. A central focus of the Initiative is the development of research capacity among clinicians, other health professionals and scientists with a view to developing and maintaining a critical mass of expert cancer researchers on the continent. 

Explore our website for information on current news, cancer projects, recent publications and research funding opportunities.

Director: Professor Jennifer Moodley

Latest News

27 February 2018

Cancer Research Symposium

Thank you to all those who participated in the Cancer Research Symposium on Saturday, 17 February 2018. The symposium venue reached capacity with over 120 researchers, students and representatives from public and private institutions in attendance.

The presentations and posters provided much opportunity for sharing diverse experiences and rigorous debate as well as developing networks across research and institutional boundaries. For those who were unable to make it or would like to view the presentations, these have kindly been made available through the link below. A very special thank you to the sponsors of this event: CANSA, SAMRC, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences and the Cancer Research Trust. 

Access presentations and podcast

Past Events

Computational Big Data Analytics in the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer
30 August 2016

World Cancer Day 2016
6 February 2016

ICGEB-IUBMB Course “Translational Cancer Research” 
12-16 October 2015

Cancer Research Seminar Series:
Not Beyond us: Cancer Genetics and Cancer Control

Jain speaks on her book 
2 Sep 2014

CRI Seminar - Conversations with cancer researchers: toward building an integrated cancer research program
- 17 Apr 2014

Cancer Research Seminar to Mark World Cancer Day
- 12 Feb 2014

Research Professional Africa Cancer Group Introductory Seminar - 19th Feb 2014

Cancer research in FHS: Current situation and future plans
- 27 Nov 2013

World Cancer Day 2014 Presentations

HPV Campaign in the Western Cape: 2014
- Tracey Naledi

Introduction - Human Papillomavirus
- Anna-Lise Williamson

Cancer prevention through HPV vaccination in developing countries
- Lynette Denny