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Simon Iain HayProfessor of Epidemiology

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Prof. Simon Hay obtained his doctorates (D.Phil. 1996; D.Sc. 2014) from the University of Oxford, where he is now a member of congregation, a Research Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics at St John’s College and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery. Prof. Hay is also a Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of Geospatial Science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in the US. He investigates spatial and temporal aspects of disease epidemiology to support the more rational implementation of disease control and intervention strategies. As well as the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, Prof. Hay is also funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which allows him to manage an international collaboration of researchers aiming to improve the cartography of a variety of infectious diseases.

Prof. Hay has published >300 peer-reviewed and other contributions, including two research monographs; these are cited collectively >8000 times per year, leading to an h-index of >92 and >35,000 lifetime citations (Google Scholar). He serves on many public health committees and scientific advisory boards including those involved with the control or elimination of malaria, HIV and dengue.  

Prof. Hay was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) in 2012. He served as the 52nd president of the RSTMH (2013-2015). He was awarded the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2008, the Back Award from the Royal Geographical Society in 2012 for research contributing to public health policy, the Bailey K. Ashford Medal in 2013 by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Chalmers Memorial Medal by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2015, the latter two both for exceptional contributions to tropical medicine.

Prof. Hay has been elected to the fellowship of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci).

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Selected Publications

Deribe, K., Cano, J., Newport, M.J., Pullan, R.L., Noor, A.M., Enquselassie, F., Murray, C.J.L., Hay, S.I., Brooker, S.J. and Davey, G. (2017). The global atlas of podoconiosis. The Lancet Global Health, 5 (5) : e477-e479 DOI

Browne, A.J., Guerra, C.A., Alves, R.V., da Costa, V.M., Wilson, A.L., Pigott, D.M., Hay, S.I., Lindsay, S.W., Golding, N. and Moyes, C.L. (2017). The contemporary distribution of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in humans, alternative hosts and vectors. Scientific Data, 4 : 170050 DOI

Longbottom, J., Browne, A.J., Pigott, D.M., Sinka, M.E., Golding, N., Hay, S.I., Moyes, C.L. and Shearer, F.M. (2017). Mapping the spatial distribution of the Japanese encephalitis vector, Culex tritaeniorhynchus Giles, 1901 (Diptera: Culicidae) within areas of Japanese encephalitis risk. Parasites and Vectors, 10 : 148 DOI

Tatem, A.J., Jia, P., Ordanovich, D., Falkner, M., Huang, Z., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I., Gething, P.W. and Smith, D.L. (2017). The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: a meta-analysis of nationally-reported statistics. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 17 (1) : 98-107 DOI

Kraemer, M.U.G., Faria, N.R., Reiner Jr., R.C., Golding, N., Nikolay, B., Stasse, S., Johansson, M.A., Salje, H., Faye, O., Wint, G.R.W., Niedrig, M., Shearer, F.M., Hill, S.C., Thompson, R.N., Bisanzio, D., Taveira, N., Nax, H.H., Pradelski, B.S.R., Nsoesie, E.O., Murphy, N.R., Bogoch, I.I., Khan, K., Brownstein, J.S., Tatem, A.J., de Oliveira, T., Smith, D.L., Sall, A.A., Pybus, O.G., Hay, S.I. and Cauchemez, S. (2016). Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic Congo 2015-2016: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, : 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30513-8 DOI

Morozoff, C.E., Pigott, D.M., Sankoh, O., Laney, S. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Enhancement of Ebola preparedness across Africa. Emerging Infectious Diseases, : 10.3201/eid2212.160642 DOI

Gething, P.W., Casey, D.C., Weiss, D.J., Bisanzio, D., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Battle, K.E., Dalyrymple, U., Rozier, J., Puja, C., Rao, M.P.H., Kutz M.J., Barber, R.M., Huynh, C., Shackelford, K.A., Coates, M.M., Nguyen, G., Fraser, M.S., Kulikoff, R., Wang, H., Naghavi, M., Smith, D.L., Murray, C.J.L., Hay, S.I. and Lim, S.S. (2016). Mapping Plasmodium falciparum malaria mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015. New England Journal of Medicine, : 10.1056/NEJMoa1606701. DOI

Global Burden of Disease 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevelance Collaborators. (2016). Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 388 (10053) : 1545-1602 DOI

Global Burden of Disease 2015 DALYs and HALE Collaborators. (2016). Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 315 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE), 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 388 (10053) : 1603-1658 DOI

Global Burden of Disease 2015 Risk Factors Collaborators. (2016). Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990-2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 388 (10053) : 1659-1724 DOI


December 2011 - May 2017 Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science (SRF) Our previous work has shown mapping to be fundamental to understanding the epidemiology of P. falciparum and for monitoring public health impacts on malaria at a global scale....
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January 2014 - December 2016 ABRAID The Atlas of Baseline Risk Assessment for Infectious Disease (ABRAID) is the acronym for an automated mapping platform. The essence of the project is to create a system that automatically...
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October 2013 - September 2016 Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship This research aims to develop the quantitative framework of human mobility and feasibility assessment for malaria elimination in the Indonesian archipelago where the risk of infection with malaria is...
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September 2011 - August 2016 IDAMS Dengue is an emerging disease of major global significance and represents an enormous burden for health care systems in endemic countries. Our group has several members (Simon...
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September 2013 - August 2015 Plasmodium vivax in Madagascar: The SEEG group holds a subcontract for a NIH-funded project led by Prof....
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November 2012 - September 2014 FIVC Vector control activities such as indoor residual spraying and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are effective at reducing the incidence of vector-borne diseases. Often vector control will be effective...
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September 2010 - March 2014 ROAD-MAP This project aims to collate survey data of relevance to malaria control, then disaggregate, standardise and geopositon these data, and make the resulting compiled datasets available to all via an online...
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January 2008 - January 2010 Anopheles distributions Human malarial protozoa are transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, which includes more than 460 formally recognised species plus perhaps 50 unnamed members of species complexes....
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