The Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group (SEEG) evolved in 2005 from work led by Professors David Rogers and Sarah Randolph. The group has had a wide-ranging interest in the spatial determinants of a variety of infectious diseases of public health importance. The group is now led by Professor Simon Hay. We continue to investigate spatial and temporal aspects of infectious disease epidemiology to provide an improved evidence-base for the more rational implementation of disease control. Time-series analysis, population dynamic theory, remote sensing, geographic information systems and various forms of spatial geostatistics and niche modelling are all exploited for disease risk mapping and disease burden estimation.
Much of our recent work was conducted under the umbrella of the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP). A history of the formation of MAP is available on the Department of Zoology page, Using maps to defeat malaria. MAP-Oxford continues an international collaboration of multidisciplinary scientists who are working together to provide the technical and logistic infrastructure necessary to assemble global databases of those human, disease and vector components required to map populations at risk of malaria. Priority projects are mapping the changing distribution, prevalence and disease burden of malaria (Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax), the main Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit the parasite, and genetic disorders of the red blood cell that attenuate human susceptibility. We continue to devote considerable energy to malaria and are expanding the repertoire of infectious disease targets within our group; first with dengue but ultimately to a wide range of pathogens of clinical significance.