Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

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About us

Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) was established in 1991 by the Government of Uganda to provide a scientific approach to the national HIV/AIDS challenge.


A vibrant self-sustaining Centre of Excellence in Medical Research, Training and Healthcare Services.


To conduct Quality Medical Research and Training, provide equitable and sustainable HIV/AIDS care and other health care services in Uganda and other parts of Africa.

Research Capacity and Excellence

JCRC has specialized laboratories across Uganda to support regular clinical care, research and advanced HIV management. A biohazard


containment level 3 (P3 level) which is one of the two in Uganda, is fully functional at JCRC headquarters in Lubowa. JCRC also has reference laboratories for Clinical Chemistry, Tuberculosis, Hematology, Immunology and Flow cytometry, Molecular biology, Virology, and Microbiology.

  • Research

Research ethics review and regulations

JCRC has the Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Research Ethics Committee (REC) which grants ethical clearance. JCRC’s IRB/REC confirms to standards set by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), which is the regulatory body for all Research Ethics Committees in Uganda.

Studies which involve human subjects must be approved by UNCST