Credit: (1) Klebsiella pneumoniae; (2) Syndromic diarrhea by Goulet et al.; (3) Malaria-infected red blood cell, (4) HIV infected T-cell and (5) Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, all by NIAID.
(1) <em>Klebsiella pneumoniae</em>; (2) Syndromic diarrhea by Goulet <em>et al.</em>; (3) Malaria-infected red blood cell, (4) HIV infected T-cell and (5) <em>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</em> bacteria, all by NIAID.
Credit: Maggie Hallahan, Sumitomo Chemical
Maggie Hallahan, Sumitomo Chemical
Credit: (1) Trypanosoma, Dr Myron G Schultz, CDC; (2) Albendazole, GSK; (3) Onchocerca volvulus, CDC; (4) AMR review, FCO and (5) Malnutrition measurement, DFID.
(1) Trypanosoma, Dr Myron G Schultz, CDC; (2) Albendazole, GSK; (3) <em>Onchocerca volvulus</em>, CDC; (4) AMR review, FCO and (5) Malnutrition measurement, DFID.
Credit: CDC, donated by WHO
CDC, donated by WHO
Credit: Hay et al. (2010) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000290
Hay <em>et al.</em> (2010) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000290
Credit: Vestergaard Frandsen
Vestergaard Frandsen
Credit: John Stanmeyer
John Stanmeyer
Credit: Rachel Fortunati
Rachel Fortunati
Credit: Pigott et al. (2014) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.04395
Pigott <em>et al.</em> (2014) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.04395
Credit: EM Unit, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Campus
EM Unit, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Campus
Credit: Simon Hay
Simon Hay
Credit: Jane Messina
Jane Messina
Credit: Pascal Barollier, Sanofi Pasteur
Pascal Barollier, Sanofi Pasteur
Credit: James Gathany, CDC
James Gathany, CDC
Credit: Jane Messina et al. (2016) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.15272
Jane Messina <em>et al.</em> (2016) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.15272
Credit: Maria Devine
Maria Devine
Credit: Oregon State University (CC_BY-SA 2.0)
Oregon State University (CC_BY-SA 2.0)
Credit: Janey Messina
Janey Messina


Professor Simon Iain Hay


Prof. Simon Hay obtained his doctorates (D.Phil. 1996; D.Sc. 2014) from the University of Oxford, where he remains a member of congregation and a Professor of Epidemiology at the 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 >360 peer-reviewed and other contributions, including two research monographs; these are cited collectively >8000 times per year, leading to an h-index of >98 and >39,500 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.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a biographical sketch, Simon Hay: mapping the world’s ills, summarising Prof. Hay’s education, early career and influences. His work on mapping malaria and other vector-borne diseases, and more recently adding a geospatial dimension to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, is described. Prof. Hay’s future goal is to create high spatial resolution maps for all the diseases, risks, and injuries covered by the GBD, which could be possible in the next 10 years with advances in technology. Influential colleagues in the field, Peter Hotez and Jeremy Farrar acknowledge Prof. Hay’s geospatial vision in presenting complex data sets in an accessible way that has led to policy changes worldwide.

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