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Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine (IDM)

The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) was established in 2004 as a trans-faculty postgraduate research institute based within the University of Cape Town, South Africa. It is physically and admin istratively located within the Faculty of Health Sciences campus.


The IDM Vision is to be an international centre of excellence where world-class scientists work together to tackle diseases of major importance in Africa. The IDM Mission is:

  • To conduct basic, clinical and public health research that is leading-edge and relevant to the needs of African people
  • To develop indigenous scientific capacity in biomedical, clinical and public health research
  • To influence health policy and practice by translating scientific discoveries and applying them in our communities
  • To build partnerships with other Institutes and Centres in South Africa and elsewhere.

Research efforts are focused on:

Infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
Non-communicable diseases such as cancers
Genetic medicine and
Molecular medicine including drug discovery

Early careers at the IDM