The University of Pretoria Pan African Cancer Research Institute (PACRI)

The University of Pretoria Pan African Cancer Research Institute (PACRI) is devoted exclusively to research, prevention, education and patient care.

The Pan African Cancer Research Institute (PACRI) is a centre of excellence dedicated to cutting edge integrated translational cancer research, education and clinical care with a vision of accelerating discoveries to prevent and cure cancer in the African region. It is aimed at developing internationally competitive cancer research capabilities in Africa with an emphasis on Afrocentric solutions, enhancing the probability of finding homegrown solutions for the cancer challenges faced by the continent. The Institute is about research and healthcare for all Africans by Africans. PACRI is distinguished by meeting rigorous standards for transdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research focused on developing new and better approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer and advancing precision/personalised oncology in the region. In the spirit of “Defeating Cancer Together”, PACRI has a strong drive in collaborative transdisciplinary research that addresses cancer health disparities and its impact on underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.


To be a world-class Pan African Cancer Research Institute dedicated to cancer prevention, innovative translational research, precision convergence approaches and developing optimal therapeutic strategies.


  • To be the home for basic, clinical, convergence translational, population-based cancer research and individualized patient care in Africa.
  • To advance the understanding of cancer biology by designing cancer therapies and prevention strategies that are relevant and beneficial to diverse populations.
  • To pursue excellence by promoting collaboration between researchers and clinicians to reduce the incidence and progression of cancer while contributing to the creation of personalised therapy.


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