David, a co-investigator of THRiVE, is responsible for the overall development, management, coordination and direction of the project at LSHTM
David Mabey ran the DTM&H course at the School from 1988 to 1996. He set up the MSc course in Sexually Transmitted Diseases with colleagues at UCL, and started a study unit in the Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in 1996. He teaches on the London DTM&H course and the MScs in Control of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine and International Health. Since 2010 he has worked with Philip Gothard and colleagues at Makerere University, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington in Seattle to establish the School’s new East African DTM&H course.
David Mabey became interested in trachoma, caused by ocular infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, and in genital C. trachomatis infection, while working in the Gambia. Since the early 1980s he has continued to do research on both trachoma and sexually transmitted infections, with many collaborators both within and outside the School.
David 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 is an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. He was head of the Clinical Research Unit in the School from 1995-2002, and has been Director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine/Global Health Research