The South African Clinician Scientists Society (SACSS), is a scientific society, for clinician scientists, a new cadre of doctors and healthcare professionals, with additional training in research and basic sciences. This was part of a vision that was inspired by the late Professor Bongani Mayosi, and recommended by ASSAF, to develop 1000 doctors with PhDs in South Africa. We have observed that South Africa’s healthcare and medical knowledge base has considerably lower research outputs within our Pan-African context in comparison to first world counterparts. As part of the solution to these low research activities, we have developed an organisational programme that engages with clinicians to improve research competencies, strengthen the production of evidence-based knowledge, and the development of research-driven health solutions. The launch of the society was led by Prof Salome Maswime in 2018, and the society now has members in 8 South African universities.
South African Medical Research Council
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population, through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life. The scope of the organisation’s research projects includes tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse. With a strategic objective to help strengthen the health systems of the country – in line with that of the Department of Health, the SAMRC constantly identifies the main causes of death in South Africa.