Unit Head

Associate Professor Jonny Peter

MB ChB, MMed, FCP (SA), PhD

Associate Professor Jonathan Peter is Unit Head and also serves as Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town. Read more

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About Us

The Allergy & Immunology Research Unit was established in 2000 by Professor Paul Potter, to provide “state of the art” clinical and laboratory services for the diagnosis and management of allergic and other immune-based disease.
Our strong emphasis on applied research has resulted in the publication of nearly 250+ papers since we opened our research unit.  Download PDF profile

Our mission is to transform the lives of patients with allergies and immune-based disease through innovative science and compassionate care

Pollen Calendar

The calendar is a guide to seasonal pollination patterns and is based on previous years’ sampling results. Visit

Please visit or for the most up to date pollen counts.


Pollen Count: 2 - 8 October 2018

Emollient prescriber for South Africa


The Emollient Prescriber, which maps the South African landscape of emollients and our study on patient perceptions of different base-ingredients in emollients, was approved by the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Science Research Ethics Committee (HREC protocol number 612/2017). The study was conducted by UCT medical students, supervised by A/Prof Jonathan Peter and supported by our staff at the Allergy and Immunology Unit, University of Cape Town, Lung Institute. ...Read More
More than 20% of the population suffer from allergic disease.
Of the estimated 4 million South Africans with asthma, 1.5% die of this condition annually.
South Africa has the world’s fourth highest asthma death rate among five to 35 year olds.


Researching solutions to a growing epidemic of allergic disease


Leading the continent to understand and manage allergic disease


Empathetic and quality care for every allergic child and adult

AIU news

19th June 2018

SA allergy medicines are based on European plants — here’s why

Sarah Wild, Business Insider SA Jun 19, 2018, 07:17 AM South Africa’s allergy tests are based on European plants. Alien plants are responsible for most allergies in […]
8th February 2018

5 Important Steps in Clinical Research

By UCT Lung Institute| February 6th, 2018|Research   There are various steps involved in clinical research to ensure safety and efficacy. Below find the 5 steps […]

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