Glenda Gray, MBBCH, FCPaed, DSc

CEO / South African Medical Research Council

South African Medical Research Council Francie van Zijl Drive Parowvallei, Cape Town 7505 Tygerberg, South Africa

Glenda Gray is the CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council, a Research Professor of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand, and a co-founder of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit.


Dr. Gray was selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and received a multitude of accolades such as the Order of Mapungubwe for her research in PMTCT and the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award.

Training and Education

  • 1993
    DSc, Simon Fraser University
  • 1992
    FCPaed, College of Medicine South Africa
  • 1986
    MBBCH, University of the Witwatersrand

Research Interests

As the head of the South African Medical Research Council, Glenda Gray and her team within the HIV Prevention Research Unit arefocused on running epidemiological, behavioural, basic science and clinical studies to investigate the vulnerability of women to HIV infection. This research is based on the evidence that South African women are at the highest risk of HIV infection, which also makes them more vulnerable to HIV-related diseases like TB.

SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit works on strengthening the country’s health systems delivery by focusing on these 5 key areas:

  • Men and women’s behavioural, biological, social and structural vulnerabilities to HIV
  • HIV and associated diseases
  • Conducting innovative biomedical HIV prevention research
  • Exploring the combination HIV prevention strategies to address individual’s and community-based HIV risk
  • Exploring methods in translating evidence based research into policy and programmes