Richard Hayes is Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He 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, other sexually transmitted infections 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 preventive interventions against the HIV epidemic.
He is also involved in collaborative research on HIV and related infections in other parts of Africa, including Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. Richard has also conducted research on statistical and epidemiological methods, including work on the design and analysis of cluster-randomised trials, and on transmission models of HIV and other STIs.
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. He is Principal Investigator of the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial, which will measure the impact of universal voluntary HIV testing and immediate treatment on population-level HIV incidence in Zambia and South Africa.