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The Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit

The Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit is a collaboration between the University of Cape Town Lung Institute and The Diana, Princess of Wales HIV Research Foundation.
The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences is placed uniquely between patient and laboratory with access to a range of other disciplines, enabling it to bring creative solutions to some of Africa's most pressing health problems. The Clinical Research Unit's central position on the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences campus enables close links with the Department of Medicine and other research departments involved in infectious diseases. It is also the site of the international travel and infectious diseases clinic.
The Clinical Research Unit, which welcomes both local and international students who wish to complete electives in infectious diseases, serves to focus and enhance teaching, research and clinical service in infectious diseases.

Summary

Aims and Objectives

  • To perform basic, clinical and applied research in the field of infectious diseases
  • To provide clinical infectious disease services and training within the University of Cape Town Health Sciences Faculty
  • To develop an infectious disease program in collaboration with related disciplines within the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Clinical service and research areas

  • HIV infection
  • Infectious disease
  • Travel related medicine
  • Pharmacokinetics research unit
  • Investigative procedures and laboratory
  • HIV sample repository

Educational activities

  • Undergraduate and postgraduates in medicine and professions allied to medicine
  • Continued medical education of primary healthcare doctors and specialists
  • Supervision of postgraduate theses
  • Development and implementation of guidelines and protocols

Major research activities

  • HIV infection and AIDS
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Healthcare utilisation for infectious diseases
  • Host response to infection
  • Infection in the immune compromised
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacokinetics of antimicrobials

Additional services

  • Outpatient consulting service
  • Contract research for insurance and pharmaceutical companies
  • Consultation services on tropical diseases and travel medicine


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