Masahiro Hashizume is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, Japan. He received his academic degrees from the Nippon Medical School (MD, 1996), The university of Tokyo (MS, 1999) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc 2003, PhD 2007). He has been the founding chair of the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University since 2012. Dr. Hashizume’s research has centered on epidemiological studies to estimate the impact of climatic factors including flooding and other extreme weather events on the incidence of infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases in Asia and Africa. In 2014, he became a board member of the Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Tropical Medicine and Health.