CUBIC is home to Africa's only research-dedicated full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner and prides itself in providing a superior quality imaging service that facilitates research excellence and innovation and contributes to student development, knowledge production and knowledge sharing through publication in peer-reviewed journals. Being the only research MRI facility in Africa, many of the studies conducted at CUBIC focus on locally relevant problems, including investigations into the consequences of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, long-term sequelae of living with HIV, cardiac diseases prevalent in Africa, neurodevelopment and trauma, as well as technology development to improve image quality when scanning infants, neonates, children and restless patients.
Formed in 2007, CUBIC is a collaboration between the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, the Medical Research Council and Siemens. In 2017, research performed at CUBIC involved collaboration with over 80 institutions worldwide, and resulted in more than 60 publications in international and South African journals. In addition, as part of CUBIC's commitment to advancing public health, at least two Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) patients are scanned daily at no cost.
CUBIC is a leading imaging research facility focusing on problems specific to South Africa and the African continent. To this end, we strive towards research excellence and innovation, contribute to the development of scarce skills and human capacity, knowledge production and dissemination through publication in peer-reviewed journals as well as extensive national and international collaboration.
CUBIC is a joint initiative between the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, the Medical Research Council and Siemens. It is based at UCT's Medical Campus at the Groote Schuur Hospital, housing a 3T Siemens Skyra full body scanner.
We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Technology Innovation Agency, the National Research Foundation, and the Cancer Research Trust for the purchase of the Siemens Skyra MRI scanner. We thank Siemens South Africa for the extended warranty.