Prof. Keymanthri Moodley

Professor Keymanthri Moodley teaches in the Department of Medicine and is the Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. She is a family physician and a bioethicist.

In 2013, she was rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as an established researcher based on her numerous national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and her involvement in international organisations –  the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. Prof. Keymanthri is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She has worked as principal investigator on clinical trials since 1999 and served on the University’s Research Ethics Committee (REC). The Centre has been designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the World Health Organisation, one of seven in the world and the first on the African continent.

The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Since 2011, Prof. Keymanthri has co-hosted an NIH Fogarty program to develop capacity in Health Research Ethics in Africa in collaboration with the Bioethics Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. The program has graduated 40 postgraduate scholars from 10 African countries over the past 4 years. In 2013 she was awarded a second NIH grant to examine the ethical and social issues associated with HIV Cure research. In 2015 the Centre was awarded its third NIH grant to explore ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic biobanking.

She is currently Chair of the MRC REC. In 2017 she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Clinical and Research Ethics – the first NIH-funded program of its kind in Africa.