Prof Gail Davey


Professor of Global Health Epidemiology

Area of Expertise:

Non-communicable diseases of low-income countries, in particular, podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) and asthma

Research Area(s):

Infection & Immunology

Other roles

Founder, Footwork: the International Podoconiosis Initiative

Dr Gail Davey

+44 (0)1273 872528



Prof Davey's PA:
Debbie Miller
+44 (0)1273 877889

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

Research focus

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.

Current research

  • Nationwide integrated mapping of lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis (Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  • Reasons for loss to follow up of patients with podoconiosis in Debre Markos (Debre Markos University,Ethiopia, IOCC Podoconiosis Project, Debre Markos, Ethiopia, and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK)
  • Co-morbidity of Podoconiosis and Common Mental Health Disorders and its effect on Quality of Life in Ethiopia (IOCC Podoconiosis Project, Debre Markos, Ethiopia and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK)
  • Willingness to pay for podoconiosis treatment (IOCC Podoconiosis Project, Debre Markos, Ethiopia and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK)
  • GoLBeT [Gojjam Lymphoedema Best practice Trial]: A study of the effectiveness of treatment for podoconiosis, Randomised controlled trial of podoconiosis treatment in northern Ethiopia
  • Haematological and immunological status in podoconiosis patients vs controls (School of Medical & Laboratory Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  • Comparative study to identify the environmental trigger of podoconiosis in Ethiopia (School of Earth Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Brighton & Sussex Medical School, UK)
  • Replication of locus conferring susceptibility to podoconiosis in a Cameroonian population (Research Foundation for Tropical Disease and the Environment, Buea, Cameroon)
  • Promoting consistent shoe use among children at high risk of podoconiosis, Phase 2. (IOCC Podoconiosis Research and National Institutes of Health, USA)


Inaugural lecture


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