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Glenda E. Gray

An NRF A-rated scientist, CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Professor Glenda Gray is a qualified pediatrician and co-founder of the internationally recognised Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto, South Africa. Prior to her appointment at the SAMRC, she was the Executive Director of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit, an affiliate of Wits University. Glenda’s global profile includes a role as Co-PI of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), a transnational collaboration for the development of HIV/AIDS prevention vaccines. She is also Director of International Programmes for HVTN and Chairperson of the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, USA. She received South Africa’s highest honour - the Order of Mapungubwe - for her pioneering research in PMTCT. Other prestigious accolades include the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for her significant contributions in the field of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Glenda is a recognised leader in her field. Her qualifications include an MBBCH, FCPaeds (SA), DSc (honoris causa).

Joy Lawn

Joy is an African-born, British-trained paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist with 30 years of experience including clinical care, epidemiological burden estimates, and the design and evaluation of integrated services at scale, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Her particular contribution has been developing the evidence-base to belter measure and reduce the global burden of 2.6 million neonatal deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths, and 15 million Preterm Births. She has published <250 peer reviewed papers, with an H index >100, as well as several high-profile policy reports such as “Born Too Soon”. She is currently Professor of Epidemiology, at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Director of Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH) centre including 200 academics organised around three research themes: Adolescents, Births, and Child health. She is LSHTM’s Aurora Women’s Leadership Champion.

Tina Lavender

Dame Tina is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health at the University of Manchester. She holds an honorary contract at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Nairobi. She leads a programme of research; her main focus being intrapartum care. Dame Tina is a Senior NIHR Investigator and is currently Director of an NIHR Stillbirth Group. She is Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery and Associate Editor of the African Journal of Midwifery. Dame Tina is an External Examiner at the University of Malawi and a regular Advisor to the World Health Organization.

Lloyd Tooke

Lloyd Tooke is a paediatrician and neonatologist based at Groote Schuur Hospital and is a lecturer at the University of Cape Town. He has interests in neonatal infections and the care of the very small infant in resource limited settings. Other interests include neonatal databases, particularly the Vermont Oxford network. He has assisted in training 10 neonatologists (and counting) through the African Paediatric Fellowship Program (APFP), all of whom are now practising in their home countries in other parts of Africa. He has published a riddle book and spends a lot of time running after his puppy and three children.

Thoko Malaba

Thoko Malaba is a researcher at the Center for Infectious Diseases and Epidemiological Research (CIDER) and lecturer in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Cape Town. Her work focuses primarily on maternal and child health in the context of HIV, particularly the use of antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy. She is currently involved in clinical, population-based and health systems research studies in HIV-infected women using different antiretroviral therapy regimens in pregnancy. Her specific research interests are adverse birth outcomes and the methodological issues encountered in perinatal research studies.

Atinuke Olaleye

Dr Atinuke Olaleye is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, Fellow of the West Africa College of Surgeons, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. She holds a WHO/TDR Clinical Research and Development Fellowship, and is an EDCTP Career Development Fellow, conducting research on parasite resistance to Malaria chemoprophylaxis in Pregnancy. Her research interests include the perinatal transmission of infectious diseases, and drug/vaccine safety in pregnancy. Dr Olaleye is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist at the Babcock University and Teaching Hospital, Ogun state, Nigeria. She is also director of the institution’s Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Biotechnology (CAMRAB).

Marie-Louise Newell

Professor Marie-Louise Newell, a paediatric epidemiologist, is Professor of Global Health, at the University of Southampton, UK. Her personal research is focussed on maternal and child health, in particular research on HIV infection in pregnancy & childhood. She was for eight years (until late 2013) Director of the Wellcome Trust-funded Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, leading a programme of research on the impact of HIV and HIV-treatment on the population. With collaborators at UCT, she is currently focussing on researching the impact of antiretroviral treatment on rates of preterm and small-for-gestational age infants in a cohort in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

Priya Soma-Pillay

Priya Soma-Pillay is the head of Obstetrics and Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Priya has a special interest in cardiac disease in pregnancy and is the chapter head for the medical and surgical diseases chapter of the Saving Mother’s Report. She is the co-director of the SAMRC Maternal and Infant Healthcare Strategies Unit and is a co-editor of “Obstetric Essentials” textbook. Priya serves on the following councils: Council for the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa (secretary), South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (secretary), member of the National Committee for the Confidential enquiry into Maternal Deaths and is the chairperson of the obstetric sub-committee of the Expert Opinion Panel.

Marta Cohen

Marta Cohen is a Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield, UK. Past President of the International Paediatric Pathology Association, Course Director of IPPA Advanced Course, , Member of the Paed Pathol Soc; Former Chair of the Paediatric Pathology Group of the ESP and Board member of the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death International research profile and opinion leader in paediatric pathology, she is part of the pioneer team in the UK providing Minimally Invasive autopsy using PM MRI in foetuses and neonates; recognised in the book “The first fifty years of the European Society of pathology”; Editorial Board Member of PDP, author of 18 chapters in books; 127 articles in peer reviewed journals; Co-editor oif the Paediatric and Perinatal Autopsy Manual and the book Essentials of Surgical Pathology for Cambridge Press.

Stephen Obaro

Stephen Obaro MBBS, FWACP, MRCP(UK), FRCPCH, FAAP, PhD, FIDSA, FPIDSAis Professor of Pediatrics, Director of International Pediatric Research Program and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In his capacity as the Head of Field Station at UK MRC Research Laboratories in The Gambia, his team established a surveillance program that contributed substantive data to the formulation of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for developing countries. He has also established field studies in Nigeria to understand the epidemiology of bacteremic syndromes in children and the risk factors associated with these infections, through funding support from the National Institutes for Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Stephen is a trustee and co-founder of International Foundation Against Infectious Diseases in Nigeria (IFAIN).



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