Imperial College London

Dr Frédéric B. Piel

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Lecturer







1112Sir Michael Uren HubWhite City Campus





My research uses rigorous spatial quantitative methods to study a range of epidemiological questions related to non-communicable disease, global health and low- and middle-income countries.

I am particularly interested in applying small-area methods to study environment-health associations in cystic fibrosis and other diseases within the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). I am a member of the MRC Centre for Environment & Health (CEH). I am involved in several key projects of the NIHR Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) in Chemical & Radiation Threats and Hazards (CRTH) and in Environmental Exposures & Health (EEH), in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE).

I am a leading expert of the epidemiology and health burden of sickle-cell disease and other haemoglobinopathies. I assemble 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 also the Director of the Joint Academic Career Development Programme of the MRC CEH and HPRUs EEH/CRTH, in collaboration with PHE, the MRC Toxicology Unit (Cambirdge) and Kings College London. I am a mentor in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

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).

I am Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FGRS) and of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Layton D, Piel F, Telfer P, 2020, Real-time national survey of COVID-19 in hemoglobinopathy and rare inherited anemia patients, Haematologica - the Hematology Journal, Vol:105, ISSN:0390-6078, Pages:2651-2654

Roca-Barceló A, Crabbe H, Ghosh R, et al., 2020, Temporal trends and demographic risk factors for hospital admissions due to carbon monoxide poisoning in England, Preventive Medicine, Vol:136, ISSN:0091-7435

Piel F, 2020, Implementing newborn screening for sickle cell disease as part of immunization programmes in Nigeria: a feasibility study, The Lancet Haematology, Vol:7, ISSN:2352-3026, Pages:e534-e540

Blangiardo M, Boulieri A, Diggle P, et al., 2020, Advances in spatio-temporal models for non-communicable disease surveillance, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:49, ISSN:1464-3685, Pages:i26-i37

Piel F, Fecht D, Hodgson S, et al., 2020, Small-area methods for investigation of environment and health, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:49, ISSN:1464-3685, Pages:686-699

Piel FB, Parkes B, Hambly P, et al., 2020, Software application profile: the Rapid Inquiry Facility 4.0: an open access tool for environmental public health tracking, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:49, ISSN:0300-5771, Pages:i38-i48

Gregory K, Piel FBJ, Elliott V, 2018, Sickle cell disease, Nature Reviews Disease Primers, Vol:4, ISSN:2056-676X

Piel FBJ, Steinberg MH, Rees DC, 2017, Sickle cell disease, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:376, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:1561-1573

Piel FB, Tewari S, Brousse V, et al., 2017, Associations between environmental factors and hospital admissions for sickle cell disease, Haematologica - the Hematology Journal, Vol:102, ISSN:0390-6078, Pages:666-675

Tewari S, Brousse V, Piel FB, et al., 2016, Environmental determinants of severity in sickle cell disease, Haematologica - the Hematology Journal, Vol:100, ISSN:0390-6078, Pages:1108-1116

Piel FB, Tatem AJ, Huang Z, et al., 2014, Global migration and the changing distribution of sickle haemoglobin: A quantitative study of temporal trends between 1960 and 2000, The Lancet Global Health, Vol:2, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e80-e89

Piel FB, Patil AP, Howes RE, et al., 2013, Global epidemiology of Sickle haemoglobin in neonates: A contemporary geostatistical model-based map and population estimates, The Lancet, Vol:381, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:142-151

Piel FB, Hay SI, Gupta S, et al., 2013, Global Burden of Sickle Cell Anaemia in Children under Five, 2010-2050: Modelling Based on Demographics, Excess Mortality, and Interventions, Plos Medicine, Vol:10

Patil AP, Gething PW, Piel FB, et al., 2011, Bayesian geostatistics in health cartography: the perspective of malaria, Trends in Parasitology, Vol:27, ISSN:1471-4922, Pages:245-252

Piel FB, Patil AP, Howes RE, et al., 2010, Global distribution of the sickle cell gene and geographical confirmation of the malaria hypothesis, Nature Communications, Vol:1

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