Professor Shabir Madhi

Shabir Madhi is Professor of Vaccinology and Director of the Medical Research Council Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is also a Research Chair in Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation. He completed his under graduate and post-graduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is certified in Infectious Diseases. He has been involved in vaccine-related epidemiological and clinical development studies for the past 21 years.

His research focus is on the leading causes of pneumonia, diarrhoea and neonatal sepsis. Most recently, his research has expanded to interventions aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality due to infectious causes during early infancy and delineating the role of infectious as causes of stillbirths. He has led multiple studies on vaccines in pregnant women; including phase III efficacy studies on influenza vaccine, large efficacy trial, the first phase Ib/IIa studies on investigational multivalent Group B streptococcus conjugate vaccine; and phase IIb/III studies on maternal respiratory syncytial virus vaccine. He has co-authored over 400 publications in the field of childhood vaccines, pneumonia, neonatal sepsis and maternal vaccination; including on the impact of HIV-infection and HIV-exposure on vaccine immunogenicity and efficacy.