Charlotte Maxeke Medical Research Cluster

Charlotte Maxeke Medical Research Cluster

Translational research

Translational research is a way of thinking about and conducting scientific research to make the results of research applicable to the population under study and is practiced in the natural and biological, behavioural, and social sciences. In the field of medicine, for example, it is used to translate the findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice and, thus, meaningful health outcomes, whether those are physical, mental, or social outcomes.

CMeRC Translational Research Unit is focused on the promotion of translational research through integrated disease management using sound business principles to improve health outcomes.


To provide comprehensive research, service and training in health and diseases (Communicable diseases, Non-communicable diseases, Maternal and Child Health, Injury and Violence) through a multi-disciplinary research programme thereby reducing the burden of diseases within Johannesburg


  • To bring together the research and clinical expertise of partner institutions investigating a wide range of diseases (Communicable diseases, Non-communicable diseases, Maternal and Child Health, Injury and Violence) within Johannesburg
  • To provide high quality integrated facilities for clinical research.
  • To develop an information centre for data-mining and training of health professionals and patients
  • To develop best practices in teaching and research in the context of clinical care and expedite the translation of research findings into clinical practice by providing patients with comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinical services and offering outstanding training and career opportunities for scientists, doctors, nurses and other professional staff
  • To create synergy and opportunities for cross-fertilisation of ideas, thereby encouraging collaboration among academics, Department of Health, City of Johannesburg and private health care providers