Professor Archie Clements

BVSc (Hons 1) (Syd), MVM (Glas), PhD (Lond)
Honorary Professor


Archie Clements directs the Research School of Population Health, at The Australian National  University, Canberra. He was previously Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Queensland, and has worked as Research Fellow at the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Imperial College London, UK. He is also a current NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and head of the Department of Global Health at ANU-RSPH.  Professor Clements has over 10 years of experience in epidemiological research, with a particular emphasis on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public health interventions for a range of infectious diseases including; parasitic diseases; mosquito-borne diseases; and emerging healthcare-acquired infections. This has included: (i) authoring 132 peer-reviewed papers; (ii) supervising 10 PhD students to completion, with another 10 currently underway, and (iii) winning competitive grant funding worth $8.9M.


Research interests

Prof Clements leads a programme of operational research relating to malaria elimination, specifically on the use of geographical information systems to support surveillance and resource mobilization decisions.


  • Ortu G, Assoum M, Wittmann U, Knowles S, Clements M, Ndayishimiye O, Basáñez MG, Lau C, Clements A, Fenwick A, and Magalhaes RJS. (2016). The impact of an 8-year mass drug administration programme on prevalence, intensity and co-infections of soil-transmitted helminthiases in Burundi. Parasites & Vectors, 9(1), 513
  • Wangdi K, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Banwell C, Dev V, Clements ACA. (2016) Malaria in India and it’s implication to regional malaria elimination efforts. Lancet Inf Dis. [Epub ahead of print] 16: e214–24
  • Gyawali P, Ahmed W, Sidhu JPS, Nery SV, Clements ACA, Traub R, McCarthy JS, Llewellyn S, Tozes. Quantitative detection of viable helminth ova from raw wastewater, human feces, and environmental soil samples using novel PMA-qPCR methods Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2016 23:18639-18648
  • Furuya-Kanamori L, Yakob L, Riley TV, Paterson DL, Baker P, McKenzie SJ, Robson J, Clements AC. (2016) Community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection, Queensland, Australia. Emerg Infect Dis. 22(9) pp. 1659- 1661
  • 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
  • Gyawali P, Ahmed W, Sidhu JP, Nery SV, Clements AC, Traub R, McCarthy JS, Llewellyn S, Jagals P, Toze S. (2016). Quantitative detection of viable helminth ova from raw wastewater, human feces, and environmental soil samples using novel PMA-qPCR methods. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI 10.1007/s11356-016-7039-9
  • 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
  • Wangdi K, Banwell C, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Namgyal R and Clements AC. (2016) Malaria burden and costs of intensified control in Bhutan, 2006-2014: a situational analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 4 (5), pp. e336-e343
  • Hay K.E., Barnes T.S., Morton J.M., Gravel J.L., Commins M.A., Horwood P.F., Ambrose R.C., Clements A.C.A., Mahony T.J. (2016) Associations between exposure to viruses and bovine respiratory disease in Australian feedlot cattle. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 128, pp. 23-32
  • Wangdi K, Banwell C, Gatton ML, Kelly GC, Namgyal R and Clements AC. (2016) Development and evaluation of a spatial decision support system for malaria elimination in Bhutan. Malaria J. 15:180
  • Huang X., Clements A.C.A., Williams G., Mengersen K., Tong S., Hu W. (2016) Bayesian estimation of the effects of weather factors on the dynamics of pandemic H1N1 influenza in Queensland: a space-time SIR-based model. Environmental Research. 146, pp. 308-314
  • Hay K.E., Ambrose R.C.K., Morton J.M., Horwood P.F., Gravel J.L., Waldron S., Commins M.A., Fowler E.V., Clements A.C.A., Barnes T.S., Mahony T.J. (2016) Effects of exposure to Bovine viral diarrhoea virus 1 on risk of bovine respiratory disease in Australian feedlot cattle. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 126, pp. 159-169
  • Li Z, Zhang Q, Zheng C, Zhou S, Sun J, Zhang Z, Geng Q, Zhang H, Wang L, Lai S, Hu W, Clements ACA, Zhou X, Yang W. (2016) Epidemiologic features of overseas imported malaria in the People’s Republic of China. Malaria Journal. 15:141
  • Furuya-Kanamori L, Liang S, Milinovich G, Soares Magalhaes RJ, Clements ACA, Hu W, Brasil P, Frentiu F, Dunning R, Yakob L. (2016) Co-distribution and co-infection of chikungunya and dengue viruses. BMC Infectious Diseases. 16(1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1417-2
  • Hay KE, Morton JM, Mahony TJ, Clements ACA, Barnes TS. (2016) Associations between animal characteristic and environmental risk factors and bovine respiratory disease in Australian feedlot cattle. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 125, pp. 66-74
  • 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)
  • Furuya-Kanamori L, Doi SA, Paterson DL, Helms SK, Yakob L, McKenzie SJ, Garborg K, Emanuelsson F, Stollman N, Kronman MP, Clark J, Huber CA, Riley TV, Clements AC. (2016) Upper versus lower-gastrointestinal delivery for transplantation of fecal microbiota in recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection – A collaborative analysis of individual patient data from 14 studies. J Clin Gastroenterol doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000511
  • 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. (2015) A critical appraisal of control strategies for soil-transmitted helminths. Trends in Parasitology. [Accepted for publication]
  • 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
  • Furuya-Kanamori L, Wangdi K, Yakob L, McKenzie SJ, Doi SA, Clark J, Paterson DL, Riley TV, Clements AC. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and Clostridium difficile infection - A meta-analysis. JPEN Parenter Enter; 2015 Dec 23. pii: 0148607115623457. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Hamm N.A.S., Soares Magalhães R.J., Clements A.C.A. (2015) Earth observation, spatial data quality and neglected tropical diseases. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Dec 17, doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004164
  • Huang X., Clements A.C.A., Williams G., Hu W. (2015) El Niño-Southern Oscillation, local weather and occurrences of dengue virus serotypes. Scientific Reports. Nov 19;5:16806. doi: 10.1038/srep16806
  • Furuya-Kanamori L, Marquess J, Yakob L, Riley TV, Paterson DL, Foster NF, Huber C, Clements AC. Asymptomatic Clostridium difficile colonization - Epidemiology and Clinical Implications. BMC Infect Dis ; 2015 Nov 14;15(1):516. doi: 10.1186/s12879-015-1258-4
  • Soares Magalhães R.J., Salamat M.S., Leonardo L., Gray D., Carabin H., Halton K., McManus D.P., Williams G.M., Rivera P., Saniel O., Hernandez L., Olveda R., Yakob L., McGarvey S., Clements A.C.A. (2015) Mapping the risk of soil-transmitted helminth infections in the Philippines. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Sep 14;9(9):e0003915. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003915.
  • Wangdi K., Gatton M., Kelly G.C., Clements A.C.A. (2015) Cross-border malaria: a major obstacle for malaria elimination. Advances in Parasitology. 89:79–107.
  • Yakob L., Riley T.V., Paterson D.L., Marquess J., Soares Magalhaes R., Furuya Kanamori L., Clements A.C.A. (2015) Modelled mechanisms of hypervirulent Clostridium difficile ribotype 027 displacement of endemic strains. Scientific Reports. 5:12666.
  • Soares Magalhães R.J., Salamat M.S., Leonardo L., Gray D., Carabin H., Halton K., McManus D.P., Williams G.M., Rivera P., Saniel O., Hernandez L., Olveda R., Yakob L., McGarvey S., Clements A.C.A. (2014) Geographical distribution of human Schistosoma japonicum infection in the Philippines: tools to support disease control and further elimination. International Journal for Parasitology. 44: 977–984.
  • Wangdi K., Gatton M., Kelly G.C., Clements A.C.A. (2014) Prevalence of asymptomatic malaria and community bed net ownership and use in Bhutan: A country earmarked for malaria elimination. Malaria Journal. 13:352.
  • Yakob L., Riley T.V., Paterson D.L., Clements A.C.A. (2014) Assessing control bundles for Clostridium difficile: a review and mathematical model. Emerging Microbes and Infections. 3:e43.
  • Yakob L., Soares Magalhães R., Gray D., Milinovich G., Wardrop N., Dunning R., Barendregt J., Bieri F., Williams G.M., Clements A.C.A. (2014) Parasite aggregation: disentangling statistical and ecological approaches. International Journal for Parasitology. 44:339–342.
  • Campbell S.J., Savage G.B., Gray D.J., Atkinson J.-A. M., Soares Magalhães R.J., Nery S., McCarthy J., Velleman Y., Wicken J.H., Traub R.J., Williams G.M., Andrews R.M., Clements A.C.A. (2014) WASH: a critical component for sustainable soil-transmitted helminth and schistosomiasis control. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8:e2651.
  • Haque U, Overgaard H.J., Clements A.C.A., Norris D.E., Seidu R., Islam N., Karim J., Roy S., Haque W., Kabir M., Glass G.E., Smith D.L. (2014) Epidemiological and economic evaluation of malaria burden and control in Bangladesh: Prospects for elimination. Lancet Global Health. 2:e98–e105.
  • Milinovich G.J., Williams G., Clements A.C.A., Hu W. (2014) Web-based surveillance tools for monitoring emerging infectious diseases. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 14:160–168.
  • Clements A.C.A., Reid H.L., Kelly G.C., Hay S.I. (2013) Further shrinking the malaria map: How can geospatial science help achieve malaria elimination? Lancet Infectious Diseases. 13:709–18.
  • Kelly G.K., Hale E., Donald W., Batarii W., Bugoro H., Nausien J., Smale J., Palmer K., Bobogare A., Taleo G., Vallely A., Tanner M., Vestergaard L.S., Clements A.C.A. (2013) A high resolution geospatial surveillance-response system for malaria elimination. Malaria Journal. 12:108.
  • Soares Magalhães R.J., Barnett A.G., Clements A.C.A. (2011) Geographical variation in water supply and sanitation and the risk of helminth infections in children: implications for sustainable transmission control in West Africa. Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences. 108:20084–20089.
  • Soares Magalhães R.J., Clements A.C.A. (2011) Mapping the risk of anaemia in preschool-age children: the contribution of malnutrition, malaria and helminth infections in West Africa. PLoS Medicine.** 8:e1000438.
  • Clements A.C.A., Soares Magalhães R.J., Tatem A.J., Paterson D.L., Riley T. (2010) Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 027: assessing the risks of further worldwide spread. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 10:395–404.