Professor Peter Gething

Head of the Malaria Atlas Project


Peter Gething is the Kerry M Stokes AC Chair in Child Health at Curtin University and the Telethon Kids Institute. He is director of the Malaria Atlas Project, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling (WHO CC).

Peter has worked in tropical health since 2002. His first degree was in Geography and he read for his PhD at Southampton in the Schools of Geography and Electronics and Computer Science, developing spatio-temporal geostatistical approaches for improving the fidelity of imperfect routine reporting data on presumed malaria in Africa. In 2005 Peter became a member of faculty at Southampton as a lecturer in GIS, before joining the Malaria Atlas Project at the University of Oxford in 2008 where he became an MRC Career Development Fellow in 2012. He was appointed as Professor in Epidemiology at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford in 2016 until moving to Perth in 2019.

Pete’s interests are in the development and application of empirical and biological models to address policy-relevant questions in tropical health. His group focuses on the geospatial modelling of changing P. falciparum malaria transmission, burden, and the role of changing intervention coverage and control efforts. Other work has focused on the interactions between climate and vector ecology, on the rational use of routine health reporting, and on treatment seeking behaviour and transport models.

Selected Biography

URLDOIWeiss DJ., Lucas TCD., Nguyen M., Nandi AK., Bisanzio D., Battle KE., Cameron E., Twohig, KA., Pfeffer, DA., Rozier JA., Gibson HS., Rao PC., Casey D., Bertozzi-Villa A., Collins EL., Dalrymple U., Gray N., Harris JR., Howes RE., Kang SY., Keddie SH., May D., Rumisha S., Thorn MP., Barber R., Fullman N., Huynh CK., Kulikoff X., Kutz MJ., Lopez AD., Mokdad AH., Naghavi N., Nguyen G., Shackelford KA., Vos T., Wang H., Smith DL., Lim SS., Murray CJL., Bhatt S., Hay SI., Gething PW.,

Mapping the global prevalence, incidence, and mortality of Plasmodium falciparum, 2000–17: a spatial and temporal modelling study

Lancet. June 2019
URLDOIBattle KE., Lucas TCD., Nguyen M., Howes RE., Nandi A., Twohig, KA., Pfeffer, DA., Cameron E., Rao PC., Casey D., Gibson HS., Rozier JA., Dalrymple U., Keddie SH., Collins EL., Harris JR., Guerra CA., Thorn MP., Bisanzio D., Fullman N., Huynh CK., Kulikoff X., Kutz MJ., Lopez AD., Mokdad AH., Naghavi N., Nguyen G., Shackelford KA., Vos T., Wang H., Lim SS., Murray CJL., Price RN., Baird JK., Smith DL., Bhatt S., Weiss DJ., Hay SI., Gething PW.,

Mapping the global endemicity and clinical burden of Plasmodium vivax, 2000–17: a spatial and temporal modelling study

The Lancet. June 2019
URLDOIGething PW., Casey DC., Weiss DJ., Bisanzio D., Bhatt S., Cameron E., Battle KE., Dalrymple U., Rozier J., Rao PC., et al,

Mapping Plasmodium falciparum mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015

New England Journal of Medicine. December 2016 375 2435-2445.
URLDOIJohansson EW., Gething PW., Hildenwall H., Mappin B., Petzold M., Peterson SS., Selling KE.,

Effect of diagnostic testing on medicines used by febrile children less than five years in 12 malaria-endemic african countries: a mixed-methods study

Malaria Journal. December 2015 14 194.
URLDOIBhatt S., Weiss DJ., Cameron E., Bisanzio D., Mappin B., Dalrymple U., Battle K., Moyes CL., Henry A., Eckhoff PA., Wenger EA., Briët O., Penny MA., Smith TA., Bennett A., Yukich J., Eisele TP., Griffin JT., Fergus CA., Lynch M., Lindgren F., Cohen JM., Murray CLJ., Smith DL., Hay SI., Cibulskis RE., Gething PW.,

The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in africa between 2000 and 2015

Nature. October 2015 526(7572): 207-211.
URLDOIMurray CJL., Barber RM., Foreman KJ., Ozgoren AA., Abd-Allah F., Abera SF., Aboyans V., Abraham JP., Abubakar I., Abu-Raddad LJ., et al,

Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 306 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (hale) for 188 countries, 1990–2013: quantifying the epidemiological transition

The Lancet. 2015 386(10009): 2145–2191.
URLDOIMappin B., Cameron E., Dalrymple U., Weiss DJ., Bisanzio D., Bhatt S., Gething PW.,

Standardizing Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence measured via microscopy versus rapid diagnostic test

Malaria Journal. November 2015 14 460.
URLDOIWeiss DJ., Mappin B., Dalrymple U., Bhatt S., Cameron E., Hay SI., Gething PW.,

Re-examining environmental correlates of Plasmodium falciparum malaria endemicity: a data-intensive variable selection approach

Malaria Journal. February 2015 14 68.
URLDOIPigott DM., Howes RE., Wiebe A., Battle KE., Golding N., Gething PW., Dowell SF., Farag TH., Garcia AJ., Kimball AM., et al,

Prioritising infectious disease mapping

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. June 2015 9(6): e0003756.
URLDOIHowes RE., Reiner Jr. RC., Battle KE., Longbottom J., Mappin B., Ordanovich D., Tatem AJ., Drakeley C., Gething PW., Zimmerman PA., et al,

Plasmodium vivax transmission in Africa

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. November 2015 9(11): e0004222.
URLDOIDalrymple U., Mappin B., Gething PW.,

Malaria mapping: understanding the global endemicity of falciparum and vivax malaria

BMC Medicine. June 2015 13 140.
URLDOIBrady OJ., Godfray HCJ., Tatem AJ., Gething PW., Cohen JM., McKenzie FE., Alex Perkins T., Reiner RC., Tusting LS., Scott TW., et al,

Adult vector control, mosquito ecology and malaria transmission

International Health. March 2015 7(2): 121-129.
DOIBattle KE., Guerra CA., Golding N., Duda KA., Cameron E., Howes RE., Elyazar IRF., Baird JK., Reiner RC., Gething PW., et al,

Global database of matched Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax incidence and prevalence records from 1985-2013

Scientific Data. 2015 2 150012.
URLDOIReiner RC., Geary M., Atkinson PM., Smith DL., Gething PW.,

Seasonality of Plasmodium falciparum transmission: a systematic review

Malaria Journal. September 2015 14 343.
URLDOIPenny MA., Maire N., Bever CA., Pemberton-Ross P., Briët OJT., Smith DL., Gething PW., Smith TA.,

Distribution of malaria exposure in endemic countries in Africa considering country levels of effective treatment

Malaria Journal. October 2015 14 384.
URLDOIJohnson FA., Frempong-Ainguah F., Matthews Z., Harfoot AJP., Nyarko P., Baschieri A., Gething PW., Falkingham J., Atkinson PM.,

Evaluating the impact of the community-based health planning and services initiative on uptake of skilled birth care in Ghana

PloS ONE. March 2015 10(3): e0120556.
DOIReiner RC., Smith DL., Gething PW.,

Climate change, urbanization and disease: summer in the city…

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. March 2015 109(3): 171-172.
URLDOIUpton LM., Brock PM., Churcher TS., Ghani AC., Gething PW., Delves MJ., Sala KA., Leroy D., Sinden RE., Blagborough AM.,

Lead clinical and preclinical antimalarial drugs can significantly reduce sporozoite transmission to vertebrate populations

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. January 2015 59(1): 490-497.
URLDOIBattle KE., Karhunen MS., Bhatt S., Gething PW., Howes RE., Golding N., Van Boeckel TP., Messina JP., Shanks GD., Smith DL., et al,

Geographical variation in Plasmodium vivax relapse

Malaria Journal. 2014 13 144.
URLDOIMappin B., Dalrymple U., Cameron E., Bhatt S., Weiss DJ., Gething PW.,

Comparing community P. falciparum infection prevalence measured via microscopy versus rapid diagnostic test

Malaria Journal. 2014 13(1): 1-1.
URLDOIBhatt S., Gething P.,

Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in africa 2000-2016: coverage, system efficiency and future needs for achieving international targets

Malaria Journal. 2014 13(Suppl 1): O29.
URLDOIGething PW., Griffin JT., Hollingsworth T., Ghani AC., Pinsent A., Pasvol G., Smith V., Read JM.,

Risk factors for uk Plasmodium falciparum cases

Malaria Journal. 2014 13(1): 298.
URLDOIJohansson EW., Gething PW., Hildenwall H., Mappin B., Petzold M., Peterson SS., Selling KE.,

Diagnostic testing of pediatric fevers: meta-analysis of 13 national surveys assessing influences of malaria endemicity and source of care on test uptake for febrile children under five years

PLoS ONE. April 2014 9(4): e95483.
URLDOIJohnston GL., Gething PW., Hay SI., Smith DL., Fidock DA.,

Modeling within-host effects of drugs on Plasmodium falciparum transmission and prospects for malaria elimination

PLoS Computational Biology. January 2014 10(1): e1003434.
URLDOIBrady OJ., Golding N., Pigott DM., Kraemer MUG., Messina JP., Reiner Jr RC., Scott TW., Smith DL., Gething PW., Hay SI.,

Global temperature constraints on Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus persistence and competence for dengue virus transmission

Parasites & Vectors. July 2014 7 338.
URLDOIGething PW., Elyazar IRF., Moyes CL., Smith DL., Battle KE., Guerra CA., Patil AP., Tatem AJ., Howes RE., Myers MF., et al,

A long neglected world malaria map: Plasmodium vivax endemicity in 2010

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. September 2012 6(9): e1814.
URLGething PW., Patil AP., Smith DL., Guerra CA., Elyazar IRF., Johnston GL., Tatem AJ., Hay SI.,

A new world malaria map: Plasmodium falciparum endemicity in 2010

Malaria Journal. 2011 10(1): 378.
URLDOIGething PW., Battle KE., Bhatt S., Smith DL., Eisele TP., Cibulskis RE., Hay SI.,

Declining malaria in Africa: improving the measurement of progress

Malaria Journal. January 2014 13 39.
URLDOIGething PW., Smith DL., Patil AP., Tatem AJ., Snow RW., Hay SI.,

Climate change and the global malaria recession

Nature. May 2010 465(7296): 342-345.
URLDOIGething PW., Patil AP., Hay SI.,

Quantifying aggregated uncertainty in Plasmodium falciparum malaria prevalence and populations at risk via efficient space-time geostatistical joint simulation

PLoS Computational Biology. April 2010 6(4): e1000724.
URLDOIGething PW., Noor AM., Gikandi PW., Ogara EAA., Hay SI., Nixon MS., Snow RW., Atkinson PM.,

Improving imperfect data from health management information systems in africa using space-time geostatistics

PLoS medicine. June 2006 3(6): e271.