Professor Darren Gray

Honorary Professor


Darren Gray – an infectious disease epidemiologist. His current research investigates the transmission and control of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (schistosomiasis, echinococcosis and the soil-transmitted helminths), some of the most prevalent and important parasitic infections that cause much suffering and economic loss worldwide. He aims to develop new public health interventions against these pathogens that will lead to their sustainable control and eventual elimination.


Research interests

Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Medical Parasitology, Neglected Tropical Diseases (Schistosomiasis, Echinococcosis, Soil-transmitted Helminths), Randomised Controlled Trials, International and Tropical Health, Global Health


  • Campbell SJ, Nery SV, D'Este CA, Gray DJ, McCarthy JS, Traub RJ, Atkinson J-AM, Andrews RM, Clements ACA. (2016) Water, sanitation and hygiene related risk factors for soil-transmitted helminth and Giardia duodenalis infections in Timor-Leste. International Journal for Parasitology. [In press] doi
  • Park MJ, Clements ACA, Gray DJ, Sadler R, Laksono B, Stewart DE. (2016) Quantifying accessibility and use of improved sanitation: towards a comprehensive indicator of the need for sanitation interventions. Scientific Reports, 6:30299, DOI: 10.1038/srep30299
  • Sadler R, Maetam B, Edokpolo B, Connell D, Yu J, Stewart D, Park MJ, Gray DJ and Laksono B. (2016) Health Risk Assessment for Exposure to Nitrate in Drinking Water from Village Wells in Semarang, Indonesia. Environmental Pollution, [epub ahead of print]
  • Campbell SJ, Nery SV, Doi S, Gray DJ, Soares Magalhães RJ, McCarthy JS, Traub RJ, Andrews RM, Clements ACA. (2016) Complexities and perplexities: A critical appraisal of the evidence for soil-transmitted helminth infection-related morbidity. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10(5): e0004566. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004566
  • Restrepo, A.M.C., Yang, Y.R., McManus, D.P., Gray, D.J., Giraudoux, P., Barnes, T.S., Williams, G.M., Magalhães, R.J.S., Hamm, N.A. and Clements, A.C. (2016). The landscape epidemiology of echinococcoses. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 5(13)
  • Llewellyn S, Inpankaew T, Nery SV, Gray DJ, Verweij JJ, Clements AC, Gomes SJ, Traub R, McCarthy JS (2016). Application of a multiplex quantitative PCR to assess prevalence and intensity of intestinal parasite infections in a controlled clinical trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. Jan 28;10(1):e0004380. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004380. eCollection
  • Campbell SJ, Nery SV, McCarthy JS, Gray DJ, Soares Magalhães RJ, Clements ACA (2016). A critical appraisal of control strategies for soil-transmitted helminths. Trends in Parasitology, 32(2) pp. 97-107
  • Nery SV, McCarthy JS, Traub R, Andrews RM, Black J, Gray D, Weking E, Atkinson JA, Campbell S, Francis N, Vallely A, Williams G, Clements A. (2015) A cluster-randomised controlled trial integrating a community-based water, sanitation and hygiene programme, with mass distribution of albendazole to reduce intestinal parasites in Timor-Leste: the WASH for WORMS research protocol. BMJ Open. 2015 Dec 30;5(12):e009293. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009293. PMID:26719316
  • Campbell, S. J., Savage, G. B., Gray, D. J., Atkinson, J-A. M., Soares Magalhães, R. J., Nery, S. V., McCarthy, J. S., Velleman, Y., Wicken, J. H., Traub, R. J., Williams, G. M., Andrews, R. M., Clements, A. C. A. (2014). Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): A critical component for sustainable soil-transmitted helminth and schistosomiasis control. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 8(4), e2651.
  • Gray, D.J., Li, Y.S., Williams, G.M., Zhao, Z.Y., Harn, D.A., Li, S.M., Ren, M.Y., Feng, Z., Guo, F.Y., Guo, J.G., Zhou, J., Dong, Y.L., Li, Y., Ross, A.G., McManus, D.P. (2014) A multi-component integrated approach for the elimination of schistosomiasis in the People's Republic of China: design and baseline results of a 4-year cluster-randomised intervention trial. International Journal for Parasitology 44: 659-68
  • Li, Y.S., McManus, D.P., Lin, D.D., Williams, G.M., Harn, D.H., Ross, A.G., Feng, Z., Gray, D.J. (2014) The Schistosoma japonicum self-cure phenomenon in water buffaloes: potential impact on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis in China. International Journal for Parasitology 44: 167-71.
  • Bieri, F.A., Yuan, L.P., Li, Y.S., He, Y.K., Bedford, A., Li, R.S., Gou, F.Y., Li, S.M., Williams, G.M., McManus, D.P., Raso, G., Gray, D.J. (2013) Development of an educational cartoon to prevent worm infections in Chinese schoolchildren. Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2(1): 29.
  • Bieri, F., Gray, D.J., Williams, G.M., Raso, G., Li, Y.S., Yuan, L.P., He, Y.K., Li, R.S., Guo, F.Y., Li, S.M., McManus, D.P. (2013) Health Education Package Prevents Worm Infections in Chinese Schoolchildren. New England Journal of Medicine 368: 1603-1612.
  • Atkinson J.M., Gray, D.J., Clements, A.C.A., Barnes, T.S., McManus, D.P., Yang, Y.R. (2013) Environmental Changes impacting Echinococcus transmission: research to support predictive surveillance and control. Global Change Biology 19: 677-688.
  • McManus, D.P., Gray, D.J., Yang, Y.R., Zhang, W. (2012) Diagnosis, treatment and management of echinococcosis. British Medical Journal 344: e3866.
  • Gray, D.J., Ross, A.G., Li, Y.S., McManus, D.P. (2011) Diagnosis and management of schistosomiasis. British Medical Journal 342: d2651.
  • Gray, D.J., McManus, D.P., Li, Y.S., Williams, G.M., Bergquist, R., Ross, A.G. (2010) Schistosomiasis elimination: Lessons from the past guide the future. Lancet Infectious Diseases 10: 733-736.
  • Gray, D.J., Williams, G.M., Li, Y.S., Chen, H.G., Forsyth, S.J., Li, R.S., Barnett, A.G., Guo, J.G., Ross, A.G., Feng, Z., McManus, D.P. (2009) A cluster-randomised intervention trial against S. japonicum in the Peoples' Republic of China: Bovine and human transmission. PLoS ONE 4(6): e5900.
  • Da'Dara, A.A., Li, Y.S., Xiong, T., Zhou, J., Williams, G.M., McManus, D.P., Feng, Z., Yu, X.L., Gray, D.J., Harn, D.A. (2008) DNA-based vaccine protects against zoonotic schistosomiasis in water buffalo. Vaccine 26:3617-25.