The CBTBR is one of nine Centres of Excellence created through the National Research and Development Strategy of the South African government. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) are implementing the centres under the guidance of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. The NRF website comments that "It is envisaged that such centres will stimulate sustained distinction in research while simultaneously generating highly qualified human resource capacity in order to impact meaningfully on key national and global areas of knowledge."

The CBTBR, Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis (TB) Research, was established in July 2004 and signifies the governments commitment in finding solutions to one of the continents most threatening diseases. Internationally acclaimed TB research has been done at both the University of Stellenbosch (Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit) and by creating the CBTBR the two research laboratories combined their efforts to understand Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing tuberculosis in humans. In January 2011 the CBTBR was expanded to include a third node at the University of Cape Town.

Medical Research Council      Stellenbosch University      National Research Foundation      Department of Science and Technology
University of the Witwatersrand    
 National Health Laboratory Service      University of Cape Town

In July 2009, Prof. Paul van Helden was featured in an article on Thompson Reuters’ Sciencewatch, citing him as the 4th highest ranked scientist in the World in the field of tuberculosis.

Recent news

CBTBR Wits Node members participate in World TB Day
On World TB Day 2016, members of the Wits node participated in an online social advocacy
program to create awareness regarding TB and stigma associated with this disease .... more

CBTBR involved in development of a respiratory aerosol sampling chamber for TB
In a paper published recently in PLoS ONE, a team of researchers from UCT published a paper
reporting the development of a respiratory aerosol sampling chamber (RASC) for use in real-
time investigation of tuberculosis transmission... more

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