Centenary of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences

The state and future of research at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Gregory Hussey, Anthony Hawkridge


The nature of research has continued to change considerably over the last century. Our Faculty’s challenge has been to keep abreast of those changes to remain at the cutting edge, while contributing meaningfully to the scientific literature which informs clinical and public health practice in South Africa and beyond. The Faculty must possess an agreed-on research strategy that is dynamic and responsive. Over the years our Faculty has ‘grown’ such a strategy document. This article, summarising its main thrusts, is offered because we feel that while it applies specifically to UCT, the issues raised surely apply to all similar faculties in our country and on the continent, to varying degrees.

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Gregory Hussey, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine and Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Cape Town

Anthony Hawkridge, Research Office, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

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Research, Strategy, Leadership, Infrastructure

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(6):412-414.

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Date submitted: 2012-01-13
Date published: 2012-03-02

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