Pr. Gail Davey
Professor of Global Health Epidemiology
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Prof Davey is a medical epidemiologist specializing in non-communicable diseases in low-income country settings. Following training in epidemiology at Master and doctoral level at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Davey moved to Ethiopia to work with national colleagues in the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. Over nine years in Addis Ababa, she supervised more than 40 Master theses and helped develop a PhD Public Health program.
Initially, Davey took forward research into asthma aetiology, but in 2005, she initiated a multidisciplinary program of research into podoconiosis (non-filarial endemic elephantiasis). The program has covered distribution, aetiology (genetic, mineralogical and biochemical), consequences (economic, social and ethical), management of disease (diagnosis, clinical staging, treatment and health systems). To date, over 50 research articles and 10 reviews and book chapters have arisen from this program. In 2010, Davey returned to the UK on a Wellcome Trust University Award to expand podoconiosis research within Ethiopia and into other endemic countries.
In parallel with this research, Davey has worked to raise the local and international profile of podoconiosis, advocating for inclusion in the WHO list of Neglected Tropical Diseases; ensuring podoconiosis was among the 8 Neglected Tropical Diseases prioritised by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health; guiding the foundation of the Ethiopian National Podoconiosis Action Network (NaPAN); and establishing Footwork, the International Podoconiosis Initiative (www.podo.org). This is summarized in a Profile published in the Lancet in March 2012 (http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960418-8/fulltext).
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