Research is a core function of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, which has a very active research program. Research is regarded as integrally linked with clinical services, and research areas include development of improved diagnosis, prevention, treatment and advocacy strategies for childhood illness, so advancing the care of children and improving current management. Research activities within the school include many research projects and studies, educational activities around research and mentorship and development of clinician scientists and researchers and a fully equipped research laboratory. All divisions are involved in research. Studies span a wide range of areas and methodologies from clinical to epidemiological to laboratory based work.
There are many research collaborations with other departments within the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, with other departments within the University of Cape Town, with other national institutions and with overseas institutions. Much of the research focuses on national health priorities regarding childhood illnesses. Research funding has come from national funding bodies including the Medical Research Council, Department of Health and National Research Foundation (NRF), and international funding agents including the National Institute Health (NIH), USA, Wellcome Trust and European Union. The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health currently has 3 NRF rated researchers.
In October 2013, the Research Centre for Adolescent and Child Health (REACH)was opened. This expanded clinical research centre, located in the Children's hospital, follows a decade of successful clinical research at this institution.
The research leadership comprises the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Committee, chaired by Assoc Prof Kirsty Donald, with the following members:
Kirsty Donald (DRC Chair)
Dave Le Roux (Deputy Chair)
Natasha North (Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative)
Jo Wilmshurst (Paediatric Neurology)
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
University of Cape Town
ph: 021 - 686 0086/658 5030
fax: 021 - 689 1287
room: 3.16, 3rd Floor, ICH Building
Investigators wanting to undertake a research study must submit the proposal to the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Office for anonymous peer review on the prescribed forms on this page
Once approved by the research office, proposal should then be sent to FHS Ethics committee with the required form on this page.
The FHS Ethics will not accept applications for ethics approval if these have not been previously reviewed by a UCT departmental research committee.
The following Department of Paediatrics and Child Health research courses are currently run on an annual basis:
The Faculty of Health Sciences Biostatistician TBA.
Please note that the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences has established a Clinical Research Centre. Researchers can obtain free advice and tools, and also access facilities for conducting clinical research projects.
Ongoing mentorship of undergraduate and post graduate students is provided by Department of Paediatrics and Child Health members. All registrars are registered for an MMed degree and all senior registrars are registered for an MPhil degree. A number of staff are registered for higher degrees.
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health offers seed research grants for emerging or new researchers twice a year on a competitive basis. This year the Virtual Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Day was held on 4 November 2020. Kindly click here to view full programme and booklet.