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Dr Felipe Colon

PhD

Research Fellow
in Dengue Modelling

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

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 zoonotic diseases. In 2008, I graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MSc in Environmental Sciences. In 2013, I obtained a PhD in Climate Change and Human Health from the University of East Anglia. My PhD thesis focused on the role of climate and climate change on the risk of 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 Visiting Academic at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Research

Over the past 11 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.

My other research interest is syndromic surveillance. Over the past four years I have contributed to the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Emergency Preparedness and Response with Public Health England (PHE) integrating statistical and machine learning algorithms with syndromic surveillance data to develop predictive decision support tools for the early warning of public health events. 

Research Area
Climate change
Environment
Risk
Statistical methods
Surveillance
Bayesian Analysis
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Environmental Health
Global Health
Outbreaks
Spatial analysis
Vector control
Modelling
Discipline
Epidemiology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Leishmaniasis
Malaria
Pandemic diseases
Allergy
Asthma
Emerging Infectious Disease
Influenza
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Respiratory disease
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease
Dengue
Country
Brazil
Colombia
Mexico
Rwanda
Uganda
Vietnam
Region
Caribbean small states
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Euro area
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Exploring Campylobacter seasonality across Europe using The European Surveillance System (TESSy), 2008 to 2016.
Lake IR; Colón-González FJ; Takkinen J; Rossi M; Sudre B; Dias JG; Tavoschi L; Joshi A; Semenza JC; Nichols G
2019
Eurosurveillance
Dynamical Malaria Forecasts Are Skillful at Regional and Local Scales in Uganda up to 4 Months Ahead.
Tompkins AM; Colón-González FJ; Di Giuseppe F; Namanya DB
2019
GeoHealth
Limiting global-mean temperature increase to 1.5-2 °C could reduce the incidence and spatial spread of dengue fever in Latin America.
Colón-González FJ; Harris I; Osborn TJ; Steiner São Bernardo C; Peres CA; Hunter PR; Lake IR
2018
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
After the epidemic: Zika virus projections for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Colón-González FJ; Peres CA; Steiner São Bernardo C; Hunter PR; Lake IR
2017
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Impact of climate change on global malaria distribution.
Caminade C; Kovats S; Rocklov J; Tompkins AM; Morse AP; Colón-González FJ; Stenlund H; Martens P; Lloyd SJ
2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Multisectoral climate impact hotspots in a warming world.
Piontek F; Müller C; Pugh TAM; Clark DB; Deryng D; Elliott J; Colón González FDJ; Flörke M; Folberth C; Franssen W
2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Multimodel assessment of water scarcity under climate change.
Schewe J; Heinke J; Gerten D; Haddeland I; Arnell NW; Clark DB; Dankers R; Eisner S; Fekete BM; Colón-González FJ
2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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