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. 

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

The Real Pollen Count

The Real Pollen Count

The Allergy and Immunology unit, in collaboration with the UCT Lung institute trust and several sponsors will provide National pollen monitoring in 5 cities for 2019/2020. This is the first time this has been done in 20 years.
For further information and the weekly pollen count please visit

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

6th Sep 2019

Pollen monitoring in SA

The John Maytham Show – 5 September 2019 Guest: Prof Jonny Peter Head of the Allergy unit at UCT’s Lung Institute
4th Sep 2019

Pollen counts could quadruple in SA in coming years, warns scientists