Prof Gail Davey
MRCP,MRCGP, MSc, MD
Professor of Global Health Epidemiology
Area of Expertise:
Non-communicable diseases of low-income countries, in particular, podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) and asthma
Executive Director, Footwork: the International Podoconiosis Initiative
+44 (0)1273 872528
Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Rm 2.16, BN1 9PX
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, 2006-2010.
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, 2007-2010.
Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, 2003-date.
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, Addis Ababa University, 2001-2006.
Clinical Lecturer in Epidemiology, Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, 1999-2001.
GP Registrar, Canbury Medical Centre, Kingston-upon-Thames, 1998.
Clinical Research Fellow, Epidemiology Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 1994-1998.
House Officer (medicine and surgery) and Senior House Officer (internal medicine, O&G, A&E) posts in London and Sheffield, 1990-1994
MBBChir, Cambridge, 1990
MRCP, UK, 1993
MSc (Epidemiology), London, 1997
MD, Cambridge, 1998
MRCGP, UK, 1999
Since 2005, my main areas of research have been podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) and asthma aetiology. I have developed, secured funding for, and led, a multidisciplinary program of research into podoconiosis which covers aetiology (genetic, mineral and biochemical), consequences (economic and social) and management of disease. Alongside this research, I have assisted a local NGO in developing a primary care strategy to provide prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to an area of 1.5m residents. Parallel with my clinical and research work in this area I have also raised the local and international profile of the disease using a range of advocacy tools.
1. Replication of genetic findings in a Cameroonian population (with Dr Samuel Wanji, University of Buea; Prof Melanie Newport, Brighton & Sussex Medical School; and Prof Charles Rotimi, Human Genome Lab, National Institutes of Health, US).
2. GIS mapping of podoconiosis with characterization of volcanic soils of podoconiosis-endemic areas (with Dr Peter Baxter, University of Cambridge; Dr Javier Cuadros, Natural History Museum, London; Prof Giday WeldeGebriel, Los Alamos, US & Dr Mohammed Umer, Addis Ababa University).
3. Measurement of haematological profile of patients with podoconiosis (with Dr Aster Tsegaye, Kassu Desta & Bineyam Taye, School of Medical & Lab Sciences, Addis Ababa University).
4. RCT to identify most effective means of encouraging use of footwear among high risk children (with Dr Getnet Tadele, School of Social Sciences, Dr Mulugeta Betre, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University; Dr Colleen McBride & Dr Dirk De Heer, Human Genome Lab, Social & Behavioral Research Branch, National Institutes of Health).
5. Immunological measurements in an Ethiopian birth cohort (with Dr Aster Tsegaye & Dr Kassu Desta, School of Medical & Lab Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Dr Charlotte Hanlon & Mr Girmay Medhin, Department of Psychiatry, Addis Ababa University, Mr Alemayehu Amberbir, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University and Dr Karen Robinson & Dr Andrea Venn, University of Nottingam).
6. Effects of intestinal parasite infection on the incidence of wheeze and allergic sensitization in an Ethiopian birth cohort (with Dr Charlotte Hanlon & Mr Girmay Medhin, Department of Psychiatry, Addis Ababa University, Mr Alemayehu Amberbir, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University and Dr Andrea Venn & Prof John Britton, University of Nottingham).
7. Evaluation of rapid ethical assessment as a tool to precede biomedical research in Ethiopia (with Prof Bobbie Farsides, Prof Melanie Newport and Dr Adamu Addissie).