Dr Felipe Colon
My main are of expertise lies on understanding the role of climatic, environmental, and socio-economic factors on the spatio-temporal dynamics of climate-sensitive diseases.
I graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1998 with a BSc in Veterinary Medicine. I worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in Mexico until 2007 with a particular interest in infectious diseases. In 2008, I graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MSc in Environmental Sciences. In 2013, I obtained a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia where I looked at the impacts of Climate Change on dengue transmission in Mexico.
From 2012-2015, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy investigating the effects of climatic, environmental and socioeconomic factors on malaria transmission in Eastern Africa. I also worked with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Rwanda in the development of a high-resolution, malaria forecasting system. I participated in several FP7 Consortia (QWECI, Healthy Futures, Responses) providing technical expertise on statistical disease modelling. From 2015 to Jan 2019, I was a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia working on the development of statistical and machine learning decision support tools for syndromic surveillance in England. My work has influenced how syndromic surveillance is conducted in England. I have worked with Public Health England in several Health Protection Research Units providing expertise in statistical disease modelling. I am a Research Fellow at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia working on the Health Protection Research Unit on Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Principles of Statistics and Epidemiology
Over the past 14 years my main research area has been investigating the influence of weather and climate upon infectious diseases. Initially, this work focused primarily on vector-borne diseases. More recently, I have contributed to numerous international projects investigating the influence of weather and climate upon other climate-sensitive diseases such as allergic rhinitis, campylobacteriosis and cryptosporidiosis. I have led unique cross-disciplinary studies on the effects of both climate and climate change on infectious diseases in Latin America, South East Asia, Europe and Africa. One of my most recent contributions investigated the health benefits of limiting climate change to 1.5 and 2.0 degrees using a range of emission scenarios and climate models across Latin America and the Caribbean. My research has fed onto the two most recent IPCC reports. More recently, I have worked on the development of spatiotemporal models for infectious disease forecasting.
- Colón-González, FJ; Maquins Odhiambo, S; Tompkins, AM; Sjödin, H; Casallas, A;Rocklöv, J; Caminade, C; Lowe, R; Projecting the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in a warmer and more urbanised world: a multi-model multi-scenario intercomparison modelling study. The Lancet Planetary Health, (2021). 5(7):e404-e414, DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00132-7.
- Colón-González, FJ; Soares Bastos, L; Hofmann, B; Hopkin, A; Harpham, Q; Crocker, T; Amato, R; Ferrario, I; Moschini, F; James, S; Malde, S; Ainscoe, E; Sinh Nam, V; Quang Tan, D; Duc Khoa, N; Harrison, M; Tsarouchi, G; Lumbroso, D; Brady, OJ; Lowe, R; Probabilistic seasonal dengue forecasting in Vietnam: A modelling study using superensembles. PLoS Medicine, (2021).18 (3), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003542.
- Lowe, R; Lee, S; O’Reilly, KM; Brady, OJ; Soares Bastos, L; Carrasco-Escobar, G; de Castro Catao, R; Colón-González, FJ; Barcellos, C; Sa Carvalho, M; Blangiardo, M; Rue, H; Gasparrini, A; Effect of hydrometeorological extremes on dengue risk in Brazil by level of urbanisation: a spatiotemporal modelling study. The Lancet Planetary Health, (2021).5(4), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30298
- Morrison, KE; Colón-González, FJ; Morbey, RA; Hunter, PR; Rutter, J; Stuttard, G; De Lusignan, S; Yeates, A; Pebody, R; Smith, G; Elliot, AJ; Lake, IR; Demographic and socioeconomic patterns in healthcare-seeking behaviour for respiratory symptoms in England: a comparison with non-respiratory symptoms and between three healthcare services. BMJ OPEN, (2020).10 (11), DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038356.