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Research Overview

The Faculty of Health Sciences research enterprise aims to advance and encourage excellent research, in the context of the vision and mission of the Faculty and of the University of Cape Town. We lead high-quality research programmes, train future research leaders, and provide advice and counsel to health organisations around the world. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of the people of South Africa and beyond.

Our reputation is built on a history of medical achievement and cutting-edge research, facilitated by collaboration with our clinical partners on the health service platform of the Western Cape. Examples of achievements that have impacted health globally include the first successful heart transplant, and research by a future Nobel Laureate that led to the development of the CAT scanner. See UCT article, Celebratory book on our Nobel Laureates.

The Faculty's research enterprise houses many world-leading groups and spans basic, clinical, rehabilitation and public health sciences. Twelve of our researchers have received prestigious A-ratings by South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF). We also house eight competitive NRF South African Research Chairs. We are home to around 1,500 postgraduate students and around 100 postdoctoral fellows.

Together, our Health Sciences researchers produce an average of more than four peer-reviewed publications per day, many involving national and international collaboration. The Faculty attracts significant investment from research funders, and is committed to partnering with our supporters and our communities to advance health through research that is both excellent and relevant.