Professor Chris Robertson

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

Since 2002 I have been Professor of Public Health Epidemiology in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and also Head of Statistics at Health Protection Scotland (HPS).  I have a joint appointment in the two institutes where I lead a team of researchers in statistics and public health epidemiology and manage the statistical research and consultancy service at HPS.  In 2010 I was appointed as a senior research fellow with the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France ( 


I am an applied statistician with interests in the application of Statistics over a wide variety of disciplines. Presently my main research interest is in statistical modelling of infectious diseases and in epidemiological studies.  This involves work on statistical methods for the analyses of linked data, mapping diseases, pharmaco-epidemiology studies, which are linked to the FARR Institute Scotland, population simulation models for infectious diseases, meta analysis and the design of disease surveillance systems. 


Impact of EMA regulatory label changes on systemic diclofenac initiation, discontinuation, and switching to other pain medicines in Scotland, England, Denmark, and The Netherlands
Morales Daniel R, Morant Steve V, MacDonald Thomas M, Mackenzie Isla S, Doney Alexander SF, Mitchell Lyn, Bennie Marion, Robertson Chris, Hallas Jesper, Pottegard Anton, Ernst Martin Thomsen, Wei Li, Nicholson Lizzie, Morris Carole, Herings Ron M C, Overbeek Jetty A, Smits Elisabeth, Robert W V
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (2020)
Residual effect of community antimicrobial exposure on risk of hospital onset healthcare associated Clostridioides difficile infection : a case-control study using national linked data
Pan J, Kavanagh K, Marwick C, Davey P, Wuiff C, Bryson S, Robertson C, Bennie M
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 103, pp. 259-267 (2019)
Performance of standard imputation methods for missing quality of life data as covariate in survival analysis based on simulations from the International Breast Cancer Study Group Trials VI and VII*
Procter Marion, Robertson Chris
Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation Vol 48, pp. 3063-3077 (2019)
Seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness in people with asthma : a national test-negative design case-control study
Vasileiou Eleftheria, Sheikh Aziz, Butler Chris C, Robertson Chris, Kavanagh Kimberley, Englishby Tanya, Lone Nazir I, von Wissmann Beatrix, McMenamin Jim, Ritchie Lewis D, Schwarze Jürgen, Gunson Rory, Simpson Colin R
Clinical Infectious Diseases (2019)
End of season influenza vaccine effectiveness in primary care in adults and children in the United Kingdom in 2018/19
Pebody Richard G, Whitaker Heather, Ellis Joanna, Andrews Nick, Marques Diogo FP, Cottrell Simon, Reynolds Arlene J, Gunson Rory, Thompson Catherine, Galiano Monica, Lackenby Angie, Robertson Chris, O'Doherty Mark G, Owens Katie, Yonova Ivelina, Shepherd Samantha J, Moore Catherine, Johnston Jillian, Donati Matthew, McMenamin Jim, Lusignan Simon de, Zambon Maria
Vaccine (2019)
End of season influenza vaccine effectiveness in adults and children in the United Kingdom in 2017/18
Pebody Richard, Djennad Abdelmajid, Ellis Joanna, Andrews Nick, Marques Diogo F P, Cottrell Simon, Reynolds Arlene J, Gunson Rory, Galiano Monica, Hoschler Katja, Lackenby Angie, Robertson Chris, O'Doherty Mark, Sinnathamby Mary, Panagiotopoulos Nikolaos, Yonova Ivelina, Webb Rebecca, Moore Catherine, Donati Matthew, Sartaj Muhammad, Shepherd Samantha J, McMenamin Jim, de Lusignan Simon, Zambon Maria
Eurosurveillance Vol 24 (2019)

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Professional activities

Advanced Statistical Analyses Using R
Bayesian Statistical Methods for PhD Students
Glasgow Caledonian University (External organisation)
International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI) (External organisation)
Statistical Analyses Using R
Temporal Modelling of Disease Outbreaks using State Space and Delay Differential Equations
External Examiner

more professional activities


Estimation of the spatial and temporal associations of air pollution on health in Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Rutherford Fund Fellowship at HDR UK: Risk Prediction in Pharmacoepidemiology
Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator) Carragher, Raymond Bernard (Fellow)
14-Jan-2018 - 13-Jan-2021
A pilot project of real world outcomes in patients with metastatic breast cancer treated with taxanes
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018
Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI) (SIRN Consortium Mark 2) | Tydeman, Florence
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator) Tydeman, Florence (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Linking air pollution and health in Scotland to inform on locations for a Low Emission Zone
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017

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