SAMRC/UJ Pan African Centre for Epidemics Research – PACER EMU

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“The SAMRC’s Extramural Units (EMU’s) are external research divisions commissioned to conduct research on its behalf. This research – which includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical research and public health studies – is undertaken by scientists employed by different South African and international science councils, medical schools, universities and research institutions that work with the SAMRC.). ”, accessed 15 April 2021



SAMRC/UJ PACER EMU Mission and Vision

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The generation of cutting edge epidemiological and public health evidence for the equitable and sustainable response to local epidemics and future pandemic preparedness strategies in order to guide new models of health care, strengthen health systems, mitigate direct and indirect impacts, optimize post-pandemic resources and eventually improve quality of life for all.


The PACER EMU provides an opportunity to reimagine preparedness for and responses to future pandemics. It seeks to contribute to UJ’s mission/values: “balanced partnerships; transforming communities; serving humanity through innovation; collaborative pursuit of knowledge; commitment to community development; scholarship of teaching and learning; mentorship and career development of emerging investigators. The Centre will align with three of the four FHS research themes: Health Practice and Systems Improvement; Community Health Care; and Health Professions Education”

“Be the leading producer of cutting-edge scientific evidence for an equitable sustainable response in the African Continent”


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