From a strategic and governance perspective the Institute functions within the academic and operational structures of the University of Pretoria and is managed from the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Institute is primarily a research facility in which the emphasis is on transdisciplinarity and cross-cutting technologies. This is true both within the Faculty of Health Sciences and for the University as a whole. Several Departments/Divisions in the Faculty of Health Sciences are involved in projects within the Institute, as are the following Faculties across the University: Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Law, Economic and Management Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Theology.
The Institute works closely with the private sector to further its goal of delivering marketable health-care solutions. This routine interaction promotes the transfer of an entrepreneurial culture and skills to the Institute, which is in line with changing paradigms in the academic sector.
In terms of its evolution, the Institute consists of a “core” component housed in the Pathology Building on Prinshof Campus, and an “extended” virtual entity involving the Faculties listed above across the University. The medium-to-long-term objective is to house the Institute in a new building that is to be built at the University’s Medical (Prinshof) Campus.