Diane Gray Back

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Diane Gray is an Associate Professor and Paediatric Pulmonologist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is an active clinician-researcher whose work has focussed on high burden paediatric diseases including TB prevention in HIV infected children, HIV associated lung disease and in the development of lung function as a diagnostic and management tool in childhood. Her work includes setting up the first African infant and preschool lung function laboratory on the Drakenstein Child Health Study (DCHS), an African birth cohort. This work has identified a number of novel antenatal and early life factors impacting healthy lung growth, many amenable to public health interventions. She has been actively involved in developing lung function tools locally and regionally and contributes to international working groups in infant and preschool lung function. This has led to the strengthening of clinical respiratory physiology and teaching nationally, improving the quality of respiratory care provided and strengthening child respiratory health research. She currently leads one clinical and two research lung function teams and provides expert support to four other regional African paediatric research teams. She plays a keen role in developing African clinical scholarship through supervision, advocacy and leadership. She is currently on the executive committee of the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), a committee member of the PATS Spirometry training program and founder and co-chair of the African Paediatric Lung Function Working group.

Her work in infant and child lung function is well known in her field nationally and with a wide reputation internationally. She has received awards acknowledging the quality of this research including awards for best research presentation at South African Thoracic Society (SATS) Congress, 2015; University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences, Best Publication Award, postgraduate clinical sciences, 2016 and South African Thoracic Society Best Publication Award SATS, 2017. She is the recipient of a number of competitive funding awards and currently holds a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for her research investigating the impact of early life exposures on chronic respiratory illness in African children. In addition, this work contributes to improving the clinical utility of the lung function testing tools in high respiratory disease burden settings, facilitating early diagnosis and improving prevention and/or management of respiratory disease.