Pro Glenda Gray

Prof Glenda Gray has accepted a second term as President and
CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) effective 1 April
2019. Professor Gray has, over the past five years, led the organisation to
great strengths in scientific achievements, strong organisational governance
and capacity development to build the next generation of scientists in Africa.

During her previous tenure as the first female President and
CEO of the SAMRC, the organisation experienced five consecutive clean audits,
transformed grant funding initiatives that significantly improved funding for
young scientists, black African scientists and women; and established key
collaborations and partnerships that will significantly progress scientific

“It is a great responsibility to lead an organisation that,
in so many ways, embarks on scientific explorations that could change the lives
of South Africans. I look forward to continuing this journey with the SAMRC,”
said Prof Gray.

Selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the
World, Professor Gray is a leading HIV researcher and Co-PI of the HIV Vaccine
Trials Network (HVTN), a transnational collaboration for the development of
HIV/AIDS prevention vaccines, which is currently leading two of the largest
vaccine trials in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an NRF A1 rated scientist who
co-founded the renowned Perinatal HIV Research Unit based at Chris Hani
Baragwanath Hospital. Gray has published 293 scientific articles in the field
of HIV vaccines, adolescent reproductive health and the prevention of mother to
child transmission among others.

Among her numerous accolades, Professor Gray received
South Africa’s highest honour – the Order of Mapungubwe – for her pioneering
research in prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Other noteworthy awards
include the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for significant
contributions in the field of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  She is
a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA), the African Academy of
Sciences and the Academy of Science of South Africa. Her qualifications include
an MBBCH, FCPaeds (SA), DSc (honoris causa SFU), DSc (honoris causa SUN)

“We have no doubt that ProfeGray’s leadership will expand
the SAMRC’s impact on science and health, her track record has proven that she
is not only an outstanding scientist but a visionary whose intentions are
always to advance people’s lives,” said SAMRC Board Chairperson Professor Mike