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Dr. Richard Bradbury

Adjunct Associate Professor

Science Group A



Berwick Campus, Online


Dr Richard Bradbury is a clinical microbiologist with expertise in diagnostic microbiology and epidemiology. Dr Bradbury developed his expertise in clinical microbiology over seventeen years working as a medical scientist in clinical diagnostic laboratories, including over three years as the team lead of the Parasitic Diseases Reference Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.

Richard maintains a research program on parasitic diseases, zoonoses and new diagnostics in both the Australian and global health context. He has worked on several continents and presented at numerous national and international conferences, maintaining engagement with academia, industry and the wider community.

Richard has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 26 invited peer-reviewed book chapters. He has obtained over $1 million dollars in research grant funding from various sources. Richard has supervised four post-doctoral fellows, one PhD student, and several first-class Honours students to completion.

Is strongyloidiasis a zoonosis from dogs?

Lophomonas as a respiratory pathogen-jumping the gun

Strongyloides questions-a research agenda for the future

A Pilot Comparison of Fixatives for Hookworm Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Application of a universal parasite diagnostic test to biological specimens collected from animals

Cross-Sectional Study of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases in Black Belt Region of Alabama, USA

Human strongyloidiasis: complexities and pathways forward

Medical Parasitology Taxonomy Update, June 2020-June 2022

Parasitic infections of the central nervous system

Surveillance for Soil-Transmitted Helminths in High-Risk County, Mississippi, USA

A Case of Autochthonous Hepatic Capillariasis in a Refugee Child in Belgium

Evaluation of the Performance of Ortho T. cruzi ELISA Test System for the Detection of Antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi

Genomic diversity and antimicrobial resistance among non-typhoidal Salmonella associated with human disease in The Gambia

Hospitalizations Associated With Strongyloidiasis in the United States, 2003-2018

Imported Haycocknema perplexum Infection, United States

Neglected tropical diseases in Australia: a narrative review

Tapeworm Enigma

The diagnosis of human and companion animal Strongyloides stercoralis infection: Challenges and solutions. A scoping review

Where Have All the Diagnostic Morphological Parasitologists Gone?

Ancylostoma ceylanicum

Ancylostoma ceylanicum is a soil-transmitted helminth recognised as the second most common...

Foodborne Trematode Infections

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Hookworm Infection: Necatoriasis and Ancylostomiasis

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HTLV-I and Strongyloides in Australia: The worm lurking beneath

Strongyloidiasis and HTLV-I (human T-lymphotropic virus-1) are important infections that are...

Inactivating Effects of Common Laboratory Disinfectants, Fixatives, and Temperatures on the Eggs of Soil Transmitted Helminths

Interactions between fecal gut microbiome, enteric pathogens, and energy regulating hormones among acutely malnourished rural Gambian children

Intestinal Nematode Infections

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Medical parasitology taxonomy update, January 2018 to May 2020

The taxonomy of parasites of medical and public health importance is rapidly evolving. This...

Mosquito surveillance of West Nile and Usutu viruses in four territorial units of Slovakia and description of a confirmed autochthonous human case of West Nile fever, 2018 to 2019

BackgroundDespite the known circulation of West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) in...

Parasitic disease surveillance, Mississippi, USA


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Sensitive universal detection of blood parasites by selective pathogen-DNA enrichment and deep amplicon sequencing

Background: Targeted amplicon deep sequencing (TADS) has enabled characterization of diverse...

Strongyloides fuelleborni kellyi in New Guinea: Neglected, ignored and unexplored

Strongyloidiasis remains endemic throughout the Island of New Guinea. While many infections are...

Strongyloides genotyping: a review of methods and application in public health and population genetics

Strongyloidiasis does not discriminate: nor should the screening and treatment

Taeniasis and Cysticercosis

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Taxonomy revision of leishmania spp. in Thailand

[No abstract available]

Tissue Nematodes

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Vector-Borne Filariases

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Zoonotic Cestodes

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An atypical case of autochthonous cutaneous leishmaniasis associated with naturally infected phlebotomine sand flies in Texas, United States

In the United States, phlebotomine sand flies carrying Leishmania (Leishmania) mexicana are...

Ascariasis: (roundworm infection, ascaridiasis).

A Second Case of Human Conjunctival Infestation With Thelazia gulosa and a Review of T. gulosa in North America

We describe a second case of human infection caused by Thelazia gulosa (the cattle eye worm),...

Duplex real-time PCR assay for clinical differentiation of onchocerca lupi and onchocerca volvulus

In the United States and Europe, human onchocerciasis is a rare disease caused by zoonotic or...

Evaluation of an ensemble-based distance statistic for clustering MLST datasets using epidemiologically defined clusters of cyclosporiasis

Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis, a food-borne illness caused by the coccidian parasite Cyclospora...

First international external quality assessment scheme of nucleic acid amplification tests for the detection of schistosoma and soil-transmitted helminths, including strongyloides: A pilot study

Background Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) are increasingly being used as diagnostic...

Hookworm: (Ancylostomiasis, Uncinariasis, Necatoriasis)

Infection of Western Gray Kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus) with Australian Arboviruses Associated with Human Infection

More than 75 arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses) have been identified in Australia. While Alfuy...

Larva Migrans

Leishmania infantum in US-Born Dog

Leishmaniasis is a vectorborne disease that can infect humans, dogs, and other mammals. We...

Parasites, Zoonoses and War: A Themed Issue in Honor of Emeritus Professor John M. Goldsmid

This Special Issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease is dedicated to the life and work...

Parasitic Infection Surveillance in Mississippi Delta Children

Some recent studies suggest ongoing transmission of parasitic diseases in the American South;...

Section VIII:C – Parasitic agents.

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The forgotten exotic tapeworms: A review of uncommon zoonotic Cyclophyllidea

As training in helminthology has declined in the medical microbiology curriculum, many rare...

Toxocara seroprevalence in Canada—Climate, environment and culture

Human infection with larvae of canine and feline roundworms belonging to the genus Toxocara can...

Toxocara seroprevalence in the USA and its impact for individuals and society

Toxocara species are intestinal helminths of dogs and cats, the larval stages of which may infect...

Trichuriasis: (trichocephaliasis, whipworm disease).

Will helminth co-infection modulate COVID-19 severity in endemic regions?

[No abstract available]

A global genotyping survey of Strongyloides stercoralis and Strongyloides fuelleborni using deep amplicon sequencing

Strongyloidiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by the human infective nematodes...


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Case report: Cervicovaginal co-colonization with entamoeba gingivalis and entamoeba polecki in association with an intrauterine device

Amoebic trophozoites were identified in the cervicovaginal smear of a U.S. patient without travel...

Case report: Ocular toxocariasis: A report of three cases from the Mississippi Delta

Ocular toxocariasis can be vision threatening, and is commonly reported from tropical or...

Community-acquired Invasive Bacterial Disease in Urban Gambia, 2005-2015: A Hospital-based Surveillance

Background. Invasive bacterial diseases cause significant disease and death in sub-Saharan...

Comparison of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification and Real-Time PCR Assays for Detection of Strongyloides Larvae in Different Specimen Matrices

Strongyloides stercoralis can cause disease that ranges from asymptomatic chronic infection to...

Detection of classic and cryptic Strongyloides genotypes by deep amplicon sequencing: A preliminary survey of dog and human specimens collected from remote Australian communities

Strongyloidiasis is caused by the human infective nematodes Strongyloides stercoralis,...



Genotyping genetically heterogeneous Cyclospora cayetanensis infections to complement epidemiological case linkage

Sexually reproducing pathogens such as Cyclospora cayetanensis often produce genetically...


Identification of the source of blood meals in mosquitoes collected from north-eastern Australia

Background: More than 70 arboviruses have been identified in Australia and the transmission...

Intervention of National Economies to Health and Social Security: Antibiotic Policy as an Example of EU Solidarity with Migration Crisis or Social Pathology?

Antibiotic consumption and policies are of great concern in Europe, mainly due to the growing ATB...

Larva Migrans



Neglected Australian Arboviruses Associated With Undifferentiated Febrile Illnesses

Infections with commonly occurring Australian arthropod-borne arboviruses such as Ross River...

Ocular Trematodiasis Caused by the Avian Eye Fluke Philophthalmus in Southern Texas

A trematode identified as a Philophthalmus sp was extracted from the bulbar conjunctiva of a...


Pathogen genomics in public health

[No abstract available]

Percutaneous emergence of gnathostoma spinigerum following praziquantel treatment

A Bangladeshi patient with prior travel to Saudi Arabia was hospitalized in the United States for...

Prevalence of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) and Antimicrobial Resistance in Community-Acquired Clinical Staphylococcus aureus in an Urban Gambian Hospital: A 11-year period retrospective pilot study

Background: Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen. Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) is...

Regarding: A common source outbreak of anisakidosis in the United States and postexposure prophylaxis of family collaterals

[No abstract available]


Ternidens deminutus Revisited: A review of human infections with the false hookworm

Ternidens deminutus, the false hookworm of humans and non-human primates, represents a truly...



Abnormal helminth egg development, strange morphology, and the identification of intestinal helminth infections

Occasionally, abnormal forms of parasitic helminth eggs are detected during routine diagnostics....

A Molecular Survey of Tick-Borne Pathogens from Ticks Collected in Central Queensland, Australia

Central Queensland (CQ) is a large and isolated, low population density, remote tropical region...

A worm’s eye view

[No abstract available]

Case report: Conjunctival infestation with thelazia gulosa: A novel agent of human thelaziasis in the United States

We report a case of thelaziasis in a 26-year-old female, acquired in Oregon. A total of 14 worms...

Enterocytozoon bieneusi genotypes in people with gastrointestinal disorders in Queensland and Western Australia

Enterocytozoon bieneusi is the commonest pathogenic microsporidian found in humans and animals in...


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High prevalence of ascariasis on two coral atolls in the Solomon Islands

Background: There is a deficiency in up-to-date soil-transmitted helminth (STH) prevalence data...

Hormonal correlates and predictors of nutritional recovery in Malnourished African Children

Multiplex TaqMan qPCR assay for specific identification of encapsulated Trichinella species prevalent in North America

BACKGROUND Human trichinellosis is a foodborne parasitic zoonotic disease caused by ingestion of...


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Rat lungworm infection associated with central nervous system disease — Eight U.S. States, January 2011–January 2017

[No abstract available]

Restriction enzyme digestion of host DNA enhances universal detection of parasitic pathogens in blood via targeted amplicon deep sequencing

Background: Targeted amplicon deep sequencing (TADS) of the 16S rRNA gene is commonly used to...

The prevalence of lymphatic filariasis infection and disease following six rounds of mass drug administration in Mandalay Region, Myanmar

Lymphatic filariasis is widely endemic in Myanmar. Despite the establishment of an elimination...

The Unique Life Cycle of Strongyloides stercoralis and Implications for Public Health Action

Strongyloides stercoralis has one of the most complex life cycles of the human-infecting...

Trichomonas vaginalis brain abscess in a neonate

We describe a case of cerebral trichomoniasis in a neonate in whom seizures and multiorgan...


Ancylostoma ceylanicum hookworm in the Solomon Islands

Although hookworm is highly prevalent in the Solomon Is­lands, the species involved are unknown....

Application of PCR-based tools to explore strongyloides infection in people in parts of northern Australia

Strongyloidiasis, which is caused by infection with the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis, is...

A survey of intestinal parasites of domestic dogs in central Queensland

Australia has a very high rate of dog ownership, which in some circumstances may lead to exposure...


No Abstract

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Identification and control of an isolated, but intense focus of lymphatic filariasis on Satawal Island, Federated States of Micronesia, in 2003

Background: There is very limited data available on the prevalence of Bancroftian filariasis in...


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Neglected Australian arboviruses and undifferentiated febrile illness: Addressing public health challenges arising from the 'Developing Northern Australia' government policy

The Australian Government is currently promoting the development of Northern Australia, with an...

Neglected Australian arboviruses: quam gravis?

At least 75 arboviruses have been identified from Australia. Most have a zoonotic transmission...

The National Strongyloides Working Group in Australia 10 workshops on: commendations and recommendations

[No abstract available]

A case of ancylostoma ceylanicum infection occurring in an Australian soldier returned from Solomon Islands

A 26-year-old male member of the Australian Defense Force presented with a history of central...

Current WHO protocols for mass drug administration in helminth control

Soil transmitted helminths (STH), comprising Ascaris, Trichuris, Strongyloides and the hookworms...

Deployable molecular detection of arboviruses in the Australian outback

The most common causes of human infection from the arboviruses that are endemic in Australia are...

Do neglected Australian arboviruses pose a global epidemic threat?

[No abstract available]

Hookworm Infection in Oceania

Hookworm disease and its associated morbidities continue to be a major public health problem in...

Is there a Lyme-like disease in Australia? Summary of the findings to date

Background: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), anxiety disorders, and high levels of anxious...

Knowledge, attitude and recommendations for practice regarding dengue among the resident population of Queensland, Australia

Objective: To investigate levels of awareness of dengue among the inhabitants of Queensland...

Macracanthorhynchus ingens Infection in an 18-Month-Old Child in Florida: A Case Report and Review of Acanthocephaliasis in Humans

A case of acanthocephaliasis in an 18-month-old child caused by Macracanthorhynchus ingens is...

More parasitic myositis cases in humans in Australia, and the definition of genetic markers for the causative agents as a basis for molecular diagnosis

Since 1998, there have been six reported human cases of myositis in Australia, attributable to...

Parasitic infections: overlooked, under-diagnosed and under-researched

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Preliminary feasibility and modelling of a liquid matrix Dictyostelium discoideum virulence assay for Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Objectives: To develop and determine the feasibility of using a liquid matrix adaptation of the...

Presumptive Gnathostoma binucleatum-infection in a Belgian traveler returning from South America

[No abstract available]


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StrongNet: An International Network to Improve Diagnostics and Access to Treatment for Strongyloidiasis Control

[No abstract available]

The epidemiology of dengue infection: Harnessing past experience and current knowledge to support implementation of future control strategies

Dengue is the most important mosquito-borne viral infection of humans. Although outbreaks of...

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The global spread of Zika virus: Is public and media concern justified in regions currently unaffected?

Background: Zika virus, an Aedes mosquito-borne flavivirus, is fast becoming a worldwide public...

The laboratory diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis

It is estimated that over 30 million people worldwide are infected by the nematode, Strongyloides...

A disease from the devil? Could Baylisascaris tasmaniensis cause disease in humans?

The island state Tasmania hosts vast tracts of world heritage listed wilderness. Over the past...

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Enteric pathogens of food sellers in rural Gambia with incidental finding of Myxobolus species (Protozoa: Myxozoa)

Background: Ongoing surveillance of enteric pathogens of public health significance among casual...

First human case of fatal halicephalobus gingivalis meningoencephalitis in Australia

Halicephalobus gingivalis (previously Micronema deletrix) is a free-living nematode known to...

Genetic analysis of Giardia and Cryptosporidium from people in Northern Australia using PCR-based tools

To date, there has been limited genetic study of the gastrointestinal pathogens Giardia and...

Increased bacterial growth in serum from iron supplemented individuals

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Oral iron acutely elevates bacterial growth in human serum

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide and routine supplementation is...

Passage of meloidogyne eggs in human stool: Forgotten, but not gone

[No abstract available]

Prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths in remote villages in East Kwaio, Solomon Islands

OBJECTIVE: Although soil-transmitted helminths (STH) are endemic in Solomon Islands, there are...

Salmonella infections in The Gambia, 2005-2015

Background. There are large data gaps in the epidemiology of diseases caused by Salmonella...

An evaluation of the VIDAS CDAB assay for the detection of Clostridium difficile infection in a clinical laboratory

[No abstract available]

Free-living amoebae recovered from human stool samples in Strongyloides agar culture

[No abstract available]

Melioidosis: A review

The disease melioidosis, caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, remains an important...

Missing malaria? Potential obstacles to diagnosis and hypnozoite eradication

[No abstract available]

Prevalence of Acanthamoeba spp. in Tasmanian intensive care clinical specimens

Background: Acanthamoebae are ubiquitous free-living environmental amoebae that may occasionally...

Urease production as a marker of virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

[No abstract available]

A practical strategy for responding to a case of lymphatic filariasis post-elimination in Pacific Islands

Background: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) due to Wuchereria bancrofti is being eliminated from...

Genetic characterization of selected parasites from people with histories of gastrointestinal disorders using a mutation scanning-coupled approach

A SSCP analysis and targeted sequencing approach was used for the genetic characterization of...

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of cystic fibrosis and non-cystic fibrosis clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A comparison of three methods

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important pathogen in humans, particularly in the context of...

Decreased virulence of cystic fibrosis Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Dictyostelium discoideum

The characteristics of clinical and environmental isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from both...

Deployable laboratory response to influenza pandemic; PCR assay field trials and comparison with reference methods

Background: The influenza A/H1N1/09 pandemic spread quickly during the Southern Hemisphere winter...

Propionibacterium avidum causing native breast abscess

[No abstract available]

blaROB-1 presence on pB1000 in Haemophilus influenzae is widespread, and variable cefaclor resistance is associated with altered penicillin-binding proteins

Plasmid pB1000 is a small replicon recently identified as bearing bla ROB-1 in animal and human...

Emergence of multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Western Australian hospital

Multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MRPa) has been isolated from patients in a Western...

Maternal and neonatal sepsis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type d

A 29-year-old pregnant woman was admitted to hospital with signs of sepsis and threatened preterm...

Virulence gene distribution in clinical, nosocomial and environmental isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

The virulence factor genotypes of a large cohort of clinical, nosocomial environment and...

Epidemiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a tertiary referral teaching hospital

A genotypically indistinguishable strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Australian epidemic strain...

Poor clinical outcomes associated with a multi-drug resistant clonal strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the Tasmanian cystic fibrosis population

Background and objective: Clonal strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa have been identified in large...

Host response to transmissible Pseudomonas aeruginosa (multiple letters) [2]

[No abstract available]

Tube coagulase testing for the identification of Staphylococcus aureus in a clinical laboratory setting

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most commonly isolated pathogens within clinical microbiology...

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