Professor Richard Hayes

Professor of Epidemiology and International Health
richard.hayes [at]

Richard is a statistical epidemiologist, whose main research interest is in the epidemiology of infectious diseases of public health importance in developing countries. He has a particular interest in the epidemiology and control of HIV and related infections, including sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. He is one of the principal investigators of a collaborative programme of research in Mwanza, Tanzania whose aim is to develop and evaluate effective preventive interventions against the HIV epidemic, and helped to establish the new Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit which aims to develop as an East African centre of excellence in this area.

He is also involved in collaborative research on HIV and related infections in other parts of Africa, including Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Richard also conducts research on statistical and epidemiological methods, and is involved in work on the design and analysis of cluster-randomised trials, and on transmission models of HIV and other STDs. He is a senior member of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group and has jointly headed the Biostatistics Core of CREATE, a Gates-funded consortium to evaluate the impact of innovative TB control measures in HIV-endemic populations. Richard is PI of the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial which is evaluating the impact of a test-and-treat programme on population-level HIV incidence in Zambia and South Africa..