Centres of Excellence and Research Entities

Wits has 35 research entities, four of which are Medical Research Council units. It is also home to 22 prestigious National Research Foundation Chairs. Wits is the proud home of six Centres of Excellence in Biomedical Tuberculosis Research, Strong Materials, Paleosciences, Aerospace, Antiviral Gene Therapy and Advanced Drug Delivery Technology. 

1 Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Professor H Rees
2 Wits Research Institute for Malaria Professor M Coetzee
3 Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research Professor S Nuttall
4 Society, Work and Development Institute Professor K von Holdt
5 Economic Geology Research Institute Professor J Kinnaird
6 Materials Physics Research Institute Professor E Sideras-Haddad
7 Molecular Sciences Institute Professor D Brady
8 Rock Art Research Institute Professor D Pearce
9 Evolutionary Studies Institute* Professor BS Rubidge
10 Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute* Professor B Erasmus
11 Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience* Professor M Ramsay 
12 Wits Mining Research Institute*
13 City Institute*

*21st Century Research Institutes

Research Units
1 Flow Research Unit Professor BW Skews
2 Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit* Professor SP Tollman
4 Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism Research Unit Professor F Raal
5 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit Professor G Norton
6 Clinical HIV Research Unit Professor I Sanne
7 Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit* Professor SA Norris
8 Effective Care Research Unit Professor GJ Hofmeyr
9 Antiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit Professor PB Arbuthnot
10 Pulmonary Infections Research Unit Professor C Feldman
11 Perinatal HIV Research Unit Professor G Gray
12 Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit* Professor K Klugman/Professor S Madhi
13 Health Communication Research Unit Professor C Penn
14 Protein Structure-Function Research Unit Professor HW Dirr
15 John Knopfmacher Centre for Applicable Analysis and Number Theory Professor A Knopfmacher
16 Centre for Theoretical Physics Professor JAP Rodrigues

* Joint Wits/Medical Research Council entities

Research Groups
1 Brain Function Research Group Professor A Fuller
2 Centre for Health Policy* Dr J Goudge
3 African Ecology and Conservation Biology Research Group Professor BFN Erasmus
4 Water in the Environment Research Group Professor KH Rogers

* Joint Wits/Medical Research Council entities

DST-NRF Centres of Excellence
Strong Materials; Director: Professor Lesley Cornish
Biomedical Tuberculosis Research; jointly with the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town; Dr Bavesh Kana
Palaeosciences; Professor BS Rubidge
Integrated Minerals and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA); jointly with the University of Johannesburg: Professor J Kinnaird
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences; Director: Professor F Mahomed
Human Development; Director: Professor L Richter
Centres of Excellence
National Aerospace Centre;  Rudolph Louw
Antiviral Gene Therapy; Professor Patrick Arbuthnot
Drug Delivery; Professor Viness Pillay