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Simon Hay

FRCP (Edin), FRSA, FLS, FRGS, FASTMH, FMedSci, FRSPSoc, CBiol FRSB

Professor of Epidemiology

Prof. Simon Hay obtained his doctorates (D.Phil. 1996; D.Sc. 2014) from the University of Oxford, where he remains a member of congregation, a Research Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics at St John’s College and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Oxford Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery.

In July 2015 he moved to Seattle to take up a faculty position in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, as Professor of Global Health and Director of Geospatial Science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

He investigates spatial and temporal aspects of disease epidemiology to support the more rational implementation of disease control and intervention strategies. He is funded primarily by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 >90 and >33,000 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. For 2013-2015 he served as the 52nd RSTMH President. He has been elected to the fellowship of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH, 2014), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin, 2014) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci, 2015).

Prof. Hay 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. In 2013 he was awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal by the ASTMH and in 2015 the Chalmers Memorial Medal by the RSTMH, both for distinguished work in tropical medicine.

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