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Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM)
The Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) is a transfaculty, multidisciplinary research enterprise that has become the largest
research entity at UCT and a national leader in research and human capital
development in the field of health sciences. The IDM is distinguished by the ability
to drive world-class research at the laboratory–clinic–community interface by
engaging a wide range of scientific and
clinical disciplines.
Institute for Safety
Governance and
Criminology (ISGC)
Institute for Democracy,
Citizenship and Public
Policy in Africa (IDCPPA)
The intersection between global
illicit flows, violence and crime at the
local level remains under-studied,
particularly in the global south where
the consequences for development
and individual safety are greatest.
The ISGC is building a network of
Latin American, Asian and African
scholars focused on new global and
local (in)securities – in particular,
environmental security, illicit markets
and violence.
The IDCPPA conducts comparative
empirical studies on contemporary
African democracy. Previous research
has demonstrated that democracy
is sustained through effective and
predictable political institutions,
and an active and critical citizenry,
underpinned by public policies that
enable inclusive growth and rising
welfare. The institute investigates
each of these areas with democracy
as the guiding theme binding them
Institute for
Communities and
Wildlife in Africa (ICWA)
While biology and sociology are
core research domains for wildlife
and society, conservation also needs
to engage with the historical and
socioeconomic context and the
philosophical, legal and political
frameworks within which conflicts
arise. The ICWA challenges the divide
between the arts and hard sciences
as it strives to understand and
guide the realignment between
humans and the natural systems
we depend on.
Neurosciences Institute
There is a major research gap when it comes to
understanding the impact of many disorders of
the brain in Africa. There is also a need to understand
these conditions in context, as some diseases – such
as traumatic brain injury and the neurological and
neuropsychiatric consequences of HIV and TB –
are far more prevalent here than elsewhere. The
Neurosciences Institute brings together expertise in
the basic sciences, public health and an array of other
disciplines to advance our understanding of the brain.
The institute advances patient care while fostering
research, education and advocacy in the fast-moving
and exciting world of neuroscience.


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