HIV-1 and TB co-infection skew the SARS-CoV-2 T cell response
SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4 T cell attributes, rather than magnitude, associate with disease severity, with severe disease being characterized by poor polyfunctional potential, reduced proliferation capacity and enhanced HLA-DR expression.
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Supporting Excellence
The Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa fosters investigator-led approaches via the overarching scientific objective of combatting infection, especially HIV-1 and tuberculosis, through clinical and laboratory research.
Macrophages infected with M. tuberculosis; image by Dr Suraj Parihar
Basic Science
Our Basic Science Platform provides the laboratory infrastructure and technical support to ensure the safe handling of infectious material.
Subgraph of the ANIMA network for dataset HIVsetB
Biomedical Data Integration
We work with multidimensional clinical and scientific data at the molecular, cellular, clinical and population levels.
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Clinical Research
CIDRI-Africa supports clinical studies in the community at our facility at Site B in Khayelitsha.


Friday, 24 September 2021
Linda Boloko on the left and Graeme Meintjes on the right, dressed in full PPE
Linda Boloko awarded Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship

Dr Linda Boloko has been awarded the Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Clinical Scholarship for 2021. Linda will conduct his PhD research within CIDRI-Africa.

Publication Date:
Mon, 08 Mar 2021 - 08:30
SA launches COVID-19 vaccination drive

South Africa’s vaccination drive began on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, at the Khayelitsha Hospital, with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and various frontline healthcare workers among the first to receive the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 12:15
CIDRI-Africa hosts Vaccine Literacy Training Workshop in Khayelitsha

The workshop covered: an introduction to vaccines, the difference between vaccination and immunisation, SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development and research, and myths about vaccines.

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 - 10:30
Professor Keertan Dheda joins CIDRI-Africa

Keertan is Head of the Division of Pulmonology in the Faculty of Health Sciences and leads the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, which is a UCT accredited centre with its clinical profiling facilities based at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute. He joins the Centre as a Contributing Investigator.

Publication Date:
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 - 10:30