University of Pretoria - Research Review
University of Pretoria - Research Review
Part 3 - Researchers and research capacity

Faculties and research entities

Professor Eric Buch
Dean: Professor Eric Buch
Deputy Dean
Deputy Dean, Research and Postgraduate Studies: Professor Tiaan de Jager

Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution in terms of its education of health professionals, its research and its clinical service. The Faculty demonstrates a deep commitment to the need for constant innovation in meeting the health sciences challenges that South African society faces, with a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches.

There is a total of 19 Research Chairs, Institutes, Centres and Units – with three Medical Research Council (MRC) Units hosted by the Faculty.



Chair in Animal Infectious Diseases (Zoonoses)

Industry Chairs

Chair in Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health
Rand Water Chair in Water and Public Health


Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Institute for Sports, Exercise, Medicine and Lifestyle Research
(approved in 2015)
Institute for Sport Research (pre-existing – established 1979)


Applied Morphology Research Centre
Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences
Forensic Anthropology Research Centre
Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Brain/Body Dialogues
Comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Centre
UP Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (designated as an MRC Collaborating Centre for Malaria Research)
Centre for Viral Zoonoses


Environmental Chemical Pollution and Health Research Unit
MRC Unit for Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies
MRC Unit for Stem Cell Research and Therapy
UP Community Orientated Primary Care (UP COPC)
Research Unit

Health Sciences