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From Global to Local: Introducing the Local Burden of Disease Project

April 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

While global- and national-level estimates are essential to understanding overarching trends in health and health related outcomes, having access to local-level estimates allows health policy decisions to be tailored precisely for local areas rather than entire countries. Combining this level of detail with broad coverage would give health officials everywhere the tools to make locally informed decisions to better track health trends and evaluate progress towards goals, target the best use of limited funds and use precise information to direct health interventions.

The Local Burden of Disease (LBD) project at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) aims to produce estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents, but to do so at a very fine, local resolution.

This talk, led by Prof. Simon Hay (Director, Local Burden of Disease, IHME), will introduce the LBD project, explore the data and models used to produce local level estimates, present Under-5 mortality (U5M) and other results for low and middle income countries and discuss the impact of these findings. We believe this is a key path to resolving geographical inequality.


About the speaker: 

Simon I. Hay

BSc, DPhil, DSc, FRCP (Edin), FLS, FRGS, FASTMH, FMedSci, FRSPSoc, CBiol FRSB, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Local Burden of Disease group at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). His career has focused on spatial and temporal aspects of infectious disease epidemiology to support the more rational implementation of disease control and intervention strategies. He now leads an international collaboration of researchers, from a wide variety of academic disciplines, with the objective of improving the outputs and outcomes of infectious disease cartography. His best-known work is centred on accurately defining human populations at risk of malaria and its burden at global, regional, and national scales through the co-founding of the Malaria Atlas Project. He has also chaired a similar European Commission-funded initiative for dengue. Most recently at IHME, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he has embarked on an ambitious new project to expand these techniques to a much wider range of diseases and ultimately harmonize this mapping with the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Prof. Hay obtained his doctorates from the University of Oxford, where he remains a member of Congregation. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and other contributions, including two research monographs; these are cited collectively more than 10,000 times each year, leading to an h-index of >108 and more than 55,000 lifetime citations. Prof. Hay was awarded the Scientific Medal (2008) of the Zoological Society of London and the Back Award (2012) of the Royal Geographical Society for research contributing to public health policy. He has also been awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal (2013) of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and the Chalmers Memorial Medal (2015) of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH), both for exceptional contributions to tropical medicine. Prof. Hay has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the RSTMH and served as its 52nd President (2013–2015). He has also 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).

This session will  be live-streamed/recorded – accessible to both internal and external audience 

Watch the session live here: http://ow.ly/qUmi30of4F1


Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.



Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM
Keppel Street
London,WC1E 7HTUnited Kingdom

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