Henry L. Gabelnick, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Eastern Virginia Medical School
604 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA



Dr. Gabelnick is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Gabelnick received B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. After some industrial experience, he joined the Biomedical Engineering Branch at the National Institutes of Health where he worked in the intramural laboratories for a number of years. He then joined the Contraceptive Development Branch at NIH where he stayed until moving to CONRAD at its inception in 1986 and became the Director of CONRAD in 1990 and was the Executive Director until August 2012 and was Senior Advisor until the end of 2013. CONRAD has as its mission the improvement of reproductive health with emphasis on developing countries. Funding for the development of new contraceptive technology and microbicides to prevent HIV/AIDS and other STI transmission came from USAID and several private foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been an advisor to UNDP, WHO, and many of the Institutes of NIH and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a vice-president of the Board of Trustees of the Egon and Ann Diczfalusy Foundation. He was also on the board of the Alliance for Microbicide Development and has served on the boards of the International Partnership for Microbicides and Biosyn, Inc. He was the chair of the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section of the APHA for 2010-2011. He was made a Lifetime Member of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility in 2004 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 5th International AIDS Congress in Chennai, India in 2006. He delivered the Annual Alan F Guttmacher Memorial Lecture in 2009 and in May 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Conference on Microbicides in Pittsburgh. He has spent more than 20 years directing research on microbicides and was a member of the leadership team for the CAPRISA 004 trial.

Research Interest

His research interests include: HIV and other STI prevention technologies plus the qualitative issues in design of clinical trials for prevention.

Scientific Activities


• Tau Beta Pi, 1961
• Phi Lambda Upsilon, 1961
• Sigma Xi, 1961
• Graduate Fellow of the Textile Research Institute, 1966
• New York Academy of Sciences, 1966
• Eastern Virginia Medical School President’s Award, 1997
• Eastern Virginia Medical School President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service, 2001
• Elected to the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, 2003
• Life Member of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility, 2004
• Lifetime Achievement Award received at the 5th International Conference on AIDS in India, 2005
• Alan F Guttmacher Lectureship,Reproductive Health 2009, October 2, 2009, Los Angeles, CA
• Lifetime Achievement Award received at Microbicides 2010 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA


• American Association for the Advancement of Science
• American Chemical Society
• American Institute of Chemical Engineers
• American Public Health Association
• Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
• Controlled Release Society
• Global Health Council
• Society for the Advancement of Reproductive Care, Vice President 2001
• Society for the Advancement of Reproductive Care, President 2002 – 2008
• Egon and Ann Diczfalusy Foundation, Vice President, Board of Trustees, 2008 -Present


• Invited Lecturer, Annual Meeting of the Engineering Mechanics Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, May 1971
• U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (DHEW) Representative to the Interagency Council for Materials, National Materials Advisory Board, National Academy of Sciences, September 1971 until its dissolution (approximately January 1974)
• U.S. Member of Task Force on Biomaterials, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1972
• United Nations Expert with United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Haifa, Israel, April to October 1973 (detailed by NIH). In addition, lectured at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, and the Israel Fiber Institute, Jerusalem.
• Ad hoc member of National Institutes of Health study sections and special panels to review grant and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program proposals, 1985 to present
• Member of the Steering Committee of the World Health Organization Task Force on Long-Acting Agents for Fertility Regulation, 1978 to 1998
• Member of the World Health Organization Vaginal Ring Development Group, 1982 to 1986
• Board member, Biosyn, Inc., 1999 – 2003
• Board member, Alliance for Microbicide Development, 2001-2010
• Founding Board member and Secretary/Treasurer, International Partnership for Microbicides, 2002 – 2006
• FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) Advisory Panel on Contraception, 1998 to 2010
• American Public Health Association, Section on Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health, Chair, 2010-11