Imperial College London

Dr Frédéric B. Piel

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Lecturer in Epidemiology



+44 (0)20 7594 3346f.piel




Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus





My research uses rigorous quantitative methods (including geostatistics and spatial models) to study a range of epidemiological questions related to human health. I am involved in various ongoing "big data" projects on non-communicable disease epidemiology at the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). I am currently the Acting Assitant Director of SAHSU.

I am also the Training Programme Coordinator for the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, which is a joint collaboration betwen Imperial College London and Kings College London, to offer the best training and career development opportunities to PhD students and early-career fellows.

While in Oxford, my research focused on the epidemiology and health burden of sickle-cell disease and other red cell disorders. I assembled contemporary evidence to inform public health policies in order to better prevent and manage these disorders, and ultimately improving the quality of life of patients. I am an expert of haemoglobinopathies for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study.

My work was published in prestigious medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health and PLOS Medicine. I am a member of the Editorial Board for the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and for the Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology).



Piel FB, Steinberg MH, Rees DC, Sickle Cell Disease., N Engl J Med, Vol:377

GBD 2016 Healthcare Access and Quality Collaborators, 2018, Measuring performance on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index for 195 countries and territories and selected subnational locations: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016., Lancet, Vol:391, Pages:2236-2271

Piel FB, Parkes BL, Daby H, et al., 2018, The challenge of opt-outs from NHS data: a small-area perspective., J Public Health (oxf)

Kato GJ, Piel FB, Reid CD, et al., 2018, Sickle cell disease, Nature Reviews Disease Primers, Vol:4, ISSN:2056-676X

Rigano P, De Franceschi L, Sainati L, et al., 2018, Real-life experience with hydroxyurea in sickle cell disease: A multicenter study in a cohort of patients with heterogeneous descent, Blood Cells Molecules and Diseases, Vol:69, ISSN:1079-9796, Pages:82-89

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