R1 billion next-level Stellies University biomedical research institute underway

Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bellville has started the construction of a R1 billion biomedical research institute that aims to improve the treatment of diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and diabetes.

Vice-dean for research at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine, Professor Nico Gey van Pittius says they have been working hard since 2011 to raise funding for the facility.

He says the funding was sourced from different funders as well as the University's Council and the Department of Higher Education.

The Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in one of the top medical research institutions in Africa.

Professor Nico Gey van Pittius, Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine vice dean research

We see ourselves as having a special role that we need to play to advance the knowledge around the burden of diseases that has the greatest impact on our continent and our people.

Professor Nico Gey van Pittius, Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine vice dean research

We have been very successful in our research over many years in addressing various aspects of diseases in our continent but we've been lacking behind in infrastructure.

Professor Nico Gey van Pittius, Vice-Dean for Research at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine

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