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Health Sciences profile

Professor Philip Hill

PositionCo-Director, Centre for International Health
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBHB MB ChB MPH MD FRACP FAFPHM FNZCPHM
Research summaryInternational health

Research

Philip Hill is the first holder of the McAuley Chair of International Health, was the Foundation Director of the Centre for International Health (2008–2012), and is now Co-Director of the Centre. Professor Hill holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MB ChB), specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), and specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP), as well as a doctorate in the epidemiology of tuberculosis in The Gambia, West Africa (MD).

After completing specialty training in Auckland, New Zealand, he spent six years working as a clinical epidemiologist for the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia, where he led the tuberculosis research group and was the epidemiologist in charge of the field aspects of the pneumococcal projects. He remains a co-investigator on a Gates project to monitor the introduction of Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and surveillance into The Gambia, and on an MRC programme grant for TB research. He now also has formal collaborations with the University of Padjadjaran and European partners in Indonesia, with the National University of Samoa in the Pacific, and is a member of research consortia that span Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific.

Professor Hill has been a lead or co-investigator on grants worth more than NZ$25 million since 2001, including from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MRC(UK), European Commission / Union grants, DFID (UK), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Health Research Council (NZ), and the Global Fund. His research interests include studies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease, Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage, disease, and vaccination. He is also interested in using epidemiological tools to answer fundamental public health questions in developing countries including health impact evaluations, and health systems research.

Professor Hill has supervised or currently supervises over 25 Masters and PhD students from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific. The students have tended to do their theses in the areas of tuberculosis and pneumococcal disease, but he has shared supervision of international students in other areas, such as in cancer and health systems research. He has also supervised post-doctoral fellows.

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Publications

Adetifa, I. M. O., Ota, M. O. C., Jeffries, D. J., Lugos, M. D., Hammond, A. S., Battersby, N. J., … Hill, P. C. (2013). Interferon-γ ELISPOT as a biomarker of treatment efficacy in latent tuberculosis infection: A clinical trial. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, 187(4), 439-445. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201208-1352OC

MacKenzie, G. A., Plumb, I. D., Sambou, S., Saha, D., Uchendu, U., Akinsola, B., … Hill, P. C. (2012). Monitoring the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines into West Africa: Design and implementation of a population-based surveillance system. PLoS Medicine, 9(1), e1001161. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001161

Rutherford, M. E., Ruslami, R., Anselmo, M., Alisjahbana, B., Yulianti, N., Sampurno, H., … Hill, P. C. (2013). Management of children exposed to Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A public health evaluation in West Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 91(12), 932-941. doi: 10.2471/BLT.13.118414

Egere, U., Townend, J., Roca, A., Akinsanya, A., Bojang, A., Nsekpong, D., … Hill, P. C. (2012). Indirect effect of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on pneumococcal carriage in newborns in rural Gambia: A randomised controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49143. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049143

Walsh, M. S., Hope, E., Isaia, L., Righarts, A., Niupulusu, T., Temese, S. V. A., … Edwards, C., Wernick, M., … Hill, P. C. (2015). Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Samoan women aged 18 to 29 and assessment of possible risk factors: A community-based study. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109, 245-251. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trv014

Journal - Research Article

Walsh, M. S., Hope, E., Isaia, L., Righarts, A., Niupulusu, T., Temese, S. V. A., … Edwards, C., Wernick, M., … Hill, P. C. (2015). Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Samoan women aged 18 to 29 and assessment of possible risk factors: A community-based study. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109, 245-251. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trv014

Jacobs, C., Chiluba, C., Phiri, C., Lisulo, M. M., Chomba, M., Hill, P. C., … Kelly, P. (2014). Seroepidemiology of hepatitis E virus infection in an urban population in Zambia: Strong association with HIV and environmental enteropathy. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 209(5), 652-657. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jit409

Howie, S. R. C., Morris, G. A. J., Tokarz, R., Ebruke, B. E., Machuka, E. M., Ideh, R. C., … Hill, P. C., … Adegbola, R. A. (2014). Etiology of severe childhood pneumonia in The Gambia, West Africa, determined by conventional and molecular microbiological analyses of lung and pleural aspirate samples. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 59(5), 682-685. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu384

Hill, P. C., Dye, C., Viney, K., Tabutoa, K., Kienene, T., Bissell, K., … Harries, A. D. (2014). Mass treatment to eliminate tuberculosis from an island population. International Journal of Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, 18(8), 899-904. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.14.0007

Adetifa, I. M. O., Ota, M. O. C., Jeffries, D. J., Lugos, M. D., Hammond, A. S., Battersby, N. J., … Hill, P. C. (2013). Interferon-γ ELISPOT as a biomarker of treatment efficacy in latent tuberculosis infection: A clinical trial. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, 187(4), 439-445. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201208-1352OC

Saha, D., Akinsola, A., Sharples, K., Adeyemi, M. O., Antonio, M., Imran, S., … Hill, P. C. (2013). Health Care Utilization and Attitudes Survey: Understanding diarrheal disease in rural Gambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 89(Suppl. 1), 13-20. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.12-0751

Rutherford, M. E., Hill, P. C., Maharani, W., Sampurno, H., & Ruslami, R. (2013). Risk factors for treatment default among adult tuberculosis patients in Indonesia. International Journal of Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, 17(10), 1304-1309. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.13.0084

Rutherford, M. E., Ruslami, R., Anselmo, M., Alisjahbana, B., Yulianti, N., Sampurno, H., … Hill, P. C. (2013). Management of children exposed to Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A public health evaluation in West Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 91(12), 932-941. doi: 10.2471/BLT.13.118414

Bottomley, C., Roca, A., Hill, P. C., Greenwood, B., & Isham, V. (2013). A mathematical model of serotype replacement in pneumococcal carriage following vaccination. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(89), 20130786. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2013.0786

Rutherford, M. E., Nataprawira, M., Yulita, I., Apriani, L., Maharani, W., van Crevel, R., Hill, P. C., & Alisjahbana, B. (2012). QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube assay vs. tuberculin skin test in Indonesian children living with a tuberculosis case. International Journal of Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, 16(4), 496-502. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0491

Thye, T., Owusu-Dabo, E., Vannberg, F. O., van Crevel, R., Curtis, J., Sahiratmadja, E., … Hill, P. C., … Meyer, C. G. (2012). Common variants at 11p13 are associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis. Nature Genetics, 44(3), 257-259. doi: 10.1038/ng.1080

Egere, U., Townend, J., Roca, A., Akinsanya, A., Bojang, A., Nsekpong, D., … Hill, P. C. (2012). Indirect effect of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on pneumococcal carriage in newborns in rural Gambia: A randomised controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49143. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049143

Rutherford, M. E., Hill, P. C., Maharani, W., Apriani, L., Sampurno, H., van Crevel, R., & Ruslami, R. (2012). Risk factors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in Indonesian children living with a sputum smear-positive case. International Journal of Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, 16(12), 1594-1599. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.12.0389

Jack, S. J., Ou, K., Chea, M., Chhin, L., Devenish, R., Dunbar, M., … Leon de la Barra, S., Hill, P. C., Herbison, P., & Gibson, R. S. (2012). Effect of micronutrient sprinkles on reducing anemia: A cluster-randomized effectiveness trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(9), 842-850. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1003

Roca, A., Bottomley, C., Hill, P. C., Bojang, A., Egere, U., Antonio, M., … Adegbola, R. A. (2012). Effect of age and vaccination with a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on the density of pneumococcal nasopharyngeal carriage. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 55(6), 816-824.

MacKenzie, G. A., Plumb, I. D., Sambou, S., Saha, D., Uchendu, U., Akinsola, B., … Hill, P. C. (2012). Monitoring the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines into West Africa: Design and implementation of a population-based surveillance system. PLoS Medicine, 9(1), e1001161. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001161

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