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Glenda Gray


Glenda Gray

Glenda Gray

South African Medical Research Council, South Africa


Glenda Gray is a National Research Foundation A1-rated scientist and CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). A qualified paediatrician, Glenda is co-founder of the internationally recognized Perinatal HIV Research Unit, an affiliate of the University of the Witwatersrand. Glenda’s global profile includes being co-PI the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), an international collaboration for the development of HIV prevention vaccines.

She has served as a Protocol Co-Chair of the multi-country Ensemble study investigating the single-dose Ad26.COV2.S vaccine as an emergency response intervention. She received South Africa’s highest honour – the Order of Mapungubwe – for her pioneering research in prevention of perinatal transmission of HIV. She is a member of the board of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership and the Access to Advanced Health Institute and a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis.

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