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Clinical and Diagnostic Virology Research Group

Head of the Clinical and Diagnostic Virology Research Group: Prof Diana Hardie

The Clinical and Diagnostic Virology Research Group consists of medical scientists, pathologists, and registrars that work in National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) and / or the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in additional to their capacity in University of Cape Town.

The group has a broad research interests that focus on local clinical and diagnostic needs. Other than establishing and evaluating in house and commercial diagnostic tests, our unit also perform many basic science and operational research around various relevant aspect of clinical virology. These topics includes: HIV drug resistance, HIV epidemiology, Hepatitis B/C/E viruses, CMV drug resistance, respiratory pathogens, influenza surveillance and novel viruses. Problematic diagnoses are investigated further, sometimes with the help of other research groups within the division.

Virology registrars in the group identify their own field of interest and begin a research project that forms part of the requirements for their pathology qualification.