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DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences

The Centre of Excellence is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. The research thrust for the CoE comprises of five themes that will address research questions relating to the South African palaeosciences heritage record. The themes are conceptually linked to serve the ambitions of four overarching key research questions, which will inform the research approach:

The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP)

The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) is jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). They are located in the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) building. NITheP seeks to sustain a stimulating theoretical physics research.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)

The South African Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) is hosted by the University of Stellenbosch. SACEMA uses mathematics to understand, predict and ultimately combat diseases.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in HIV Prevention (CAPRISA)

Young women in South Africa have among the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. The Centre of Excellence in HIV Prevention aims to identify the risk factors responsible for these high rates and to develop new technologies and strategies to reduce the spread of HIV in women, especially young women, in South Africa.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB)

Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology at the Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology Institute (FABI) is hosted by the University of Pretoria. The centre seeks to concentrate on understanding and combating diseases affecting South Africa’s indigenous trees.

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research (CBTBR)

Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis (TB) Research (co-hosted by the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Witwatersrand).   This research centre contributes to local and global research efforts that are aimed at developing new tools for controlling tuberculosis and to use the research as a vehicle for training a new generation of high-quality biomedical research scientists.

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