Professor Richard Hayes

BSc MSc DSc FMedSci

of Epidemiology and International Health

Room 115

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2243

Richard Hayes has been working at the School since 1978, and for much of this period he has headed the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group whose mission is to develop and apply statistical methods in tropical epidemiology and to carry out research on major public health problems of developing countries.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Statistical Methodology
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre


Richard is closely involved in the teaching of epidemiology and statistics, and is joint organiser of the module in Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. He was responsible for setting up the Short Course in Advanced Epidemiological Methods, now known as the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis, and was also closely involved in the development of the School's Distance Learning MSc in Clinical Trials.


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..

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted disease
United Kingdom
South Africa
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

HPTN 071 (PopART): Rationale and design of a cluster-randomised trial of the population impact of an HIV combination prevention intervention including universal testing and treatment - a study protocol for a cluster randomised trial.
Hayes, R. ; Ayles, H. ; Beyers, N. ; Sabapathy, K. ; Floyd, S. ; Shanaube, K. ; Bock, P. ; Griffith, S. ; Moore, A. ; Watson-Jones, D. ; Fraser, C. ; Vermund, S.H. ; Fidler, S. ;
Effect of household and community interventions on the burden of tuberculosis in southern Africa: the ZAMSTAR community-randomised trial.
Ayles, H.; Muyoyeta, M.; Du Toit, E.; Schaap, A.; Floyd, S.; Simwinga, M.; Shanaube, K.; Chishinga, N.; Bond, V.; Dunbar, R.; De Haas, P.; James, A.; van Pittius, N.C.; Claassens, M.; Fielding, K.; Fenty, J.; Sismanidis, C.; Hayes, R.J.; Beyers, N.; Godfrey-Faussett, P.; the ZAMSTAR team, .;
Long-Term Biological and Behavioural Impact of an Adolescent Sexual Health Intervention in Tanzania: Follow-up Survey of the Community-Based MEMA kwa Vijana Trial.
Doyle, A.M.; Ross, D.A.; Maganja, K.; Baisley, K.; Masesa, C.; Andreasen, A.; Plummer, M.L.; Obasi, A.I.; Weiss, H.A.; Kapiga, S.; Watson-Jones, D.; Changalucha, J.; Hayes, R.J.; for the MEMA kwa Vijana Trial Study Group, .;
PLoS Med
PRO2000 vaginal gel for prevention of HIV-1 infection (Microbicides Development Programme 301): a phase 3, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group trial.
McCormack, S.; Ramjee, G.; Kamali, A.; Rees, H.; Crook, A.M.; Gafos, M.; Jentsch, U.; Pool, R.; Chisembele, M.; Kapiga, S.; Mutemwa, R.; Vallely, A.; Palanee, T.; Sookrajh, Y.; Lacey, C.J.; Darbyshire, J.; Grosskurth, H.; Profy, A.; Nunn, A.; Hayes, R.; Weber, J.;
The Regai Dzive Shiri project: results of a randomized trial of an HIV prevention intervention for youth.
Cowan, F.M.; Pascoe, S.J.; Langhaug, L.F.; Mavhu, W.; Chidiya, S.; Jaffar, S.; Mbizvo, M.T.; Stephenson, J.M.; Johnson, A.M.; Power, R.M.; Woelk, G.; Hayes, R.J.; on behalf of the Regai Dzive Shiri trial team, .;
Comparison of two active case-finding strategies for community-based diagnosis of symptomatic smear-positive tuberculosis and control of infectious tuberculosis in Harare, Zimbabwe (DETECTB): a cluster-randomised trial.
Corbett, E.L.; Bandason, T.; Duong, T.; Dauya, E.; Makamure, B.; Churchyard, G.J.; Williams, B.G.; Munyati, S.S.; Butterworth, A.E.; Mason, P.R.; Mungofa, S.; Hayes, R.J.;
Effect of Herpes Simplex Suppression on Incidence of HIV among Women in Tanzania.
Watson-Jones, D.; Weiss, H.A.; Rusizoka, M.; Changalucha, J.; Baisley, K.; Mugeye, K.; Tanton, C.; Ross, D.; Everett, D.; Clayton, T.; Balira, R.; Knight, L.; Hambleton, I.; Le Goff, J.; Belec, L.; Hayes, R.;
N Engl J Med
Single-dose azithromycin versus penicillin G benzathine for the treatment of early syphilis.
Riedner, G. ; Rusizoka, M. ; Todd, J. ; Maboko, L. ; Hoelscher, M. ; Mmbando, D. ; Samky, E. ; Lyamuya, E. ; Mabey, D. ; Grosskurth, H. ; Hayes, R. ;
N Engl J Med
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