Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
Dr. Glenda Gray, a leader in the Fred Hutch-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network that is based in VIDD, is internationally known for her research on preventing HIV-infected mothers from passing the virus to their newborns.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service
When it was Dr. Glenda Gray’s turn to speak at a recent HIV Vaccine Trials Network conference in Seattle, she rose from her front-row seat in the Grand Hyatt ballroom and, spurning the stairs on either end of the stage, leapt up to the podium, high heels and all. She then updated the global network's 400 scientists and community advocates about clinical trials slated to begin in her native South Africa in January to test the latest hope for a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS. Read more >
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