F. Gray Handley, M.S.P.H., is the NIAID Associate Director for International Research Affairs. Mr. Handley coordinates and facilitates international research activities for NIAID, ensuring that the Institute has a well-integrated, scientifically productive program of international research cooperation. Mr. Handley’s job responsibilities include the following:
- Integrating NIAID global activities with those of other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers, the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration), and other U.S. federal agencies (including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Department of Defense)
- Representing the Institute in interactions with foreign government entities concerned with infectious disease and immunology research
- Liaison with international health organizations and non-governmental entities focused on global health
- Identifying opportunities for the expansion of international infectious disease research cooperation and research capacity strengthening
- Leading global health and research coordination and planning committees for NIAID, NIH, and HHS
- Providing advice and counsel to NIAID and NIH scientific staff and leadership on global health and biomedical research programs, policies, and procedures and on international affairs
Mr. Handley has had a long career in the U.S. government as a global health and biomedical research program manager, senior advisor, and health diplomat. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Health Attaché and HHS Regional Representative in Southern Africa, at the U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa; and, from 1992 to 1998 he was assigned as U.S. Science Attaché and HHS Representative in South Asia at the U.S. Embassy New Delhi. Mr. Handley also served as associate director for Prevention Research and International Programs at the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; associate director for International Relations at the NIH Fogarty International Center; and global public health advisor for the U.S. Department of State. He has had other assignments at the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the World Health Organization, the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Handley has received many awards in recognition of his service and accomplishments. He received his master’s degree in the Science of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.