Prof David Mabey
Professor of Communicable Diseases
David Mabey is a physician specialising in Infectious and Tropical Diseases. After training in the UK, he went to work at the Medical Research Council unit in The Gambia, West Africa in 1978, and was in charge of clinical services there from 1982-86. He joined the School as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1986, and was made Professor of Communicable Diseases in 1994. He was an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London from 1987-2019. He was head of the Clinical Research Unit in the School from 1995-2002 and from 2017-2020. He was Director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine/Global Health Research http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/wbc/ from 1995 to 2018. His research interests are in Neglected Tropical Diseases, in particular trachoma, which he has been working on since 1984 and yaws, in sexually transmitted infections and in causes of fever. He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and was Director of the WHO Collaborating centre for the Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections at the School from 2014-2020. He currently chairs the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is a member of the WHO Global Alliance for the elimination of trachoma, and has sat on the Trachoma Expert Committee of the International Trachoma Initiative. He was awarded the CBE in 2014 for services to health development in Africa and Asia, and the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in 2019 for his work on trachoma.
Course organiser of the DTM&H from 1988-1997. Currently teaches on the DTM&H course and the MSc courses in Control of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine and International Health.
Neglected Tropical Diseases, in particular trachoma, which he has been working on since 1984 and yaws, in sexually transmitted infections and in causes of fever.