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.
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Director: Professor Jennifer Moodley
Cancer treatment gets personal
The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest.. Cancer is caused by multiple contributing factors.These include genetic mutations and abnormalities which cause cells to grow faster than normal. Read more