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The original aims of the AHRU as set out by Prof Flisher were to: 

  • facilitate cutting edge inter-disciplinary research that addresses key national public adolescent health priorities 
  • promote networking among adolescent health researchers, practitioners and policy makers 
  • increase the profile of UCT with regard to world-class adolescent health research 
  • provide policy consultation at local, provincial, national and international levels, and 
  • increase and improve educational offerings in adolescent health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.