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 hydroxyzine initiation, discontinuation and switching to other medicines in Denmark, Scotland, England and the Netherlands : an interrupted time series regression analysis
Morales Daniel R, Macfarlane Tatiana, MacDonald Thomas M, Hallas Jesper, Ernst Martin Thomsen, Herings Ron M C, Smits Elisabeth, Overbeek Jetty A, Mitchell Lyn, Morant Steven, Mackenzie Isla, Doney Alexander S F, Robertson Chris, Bennie Marion, Wei Li, Nicholson Lizzie, Morris Carole, Flynn Robert WF
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Vol 30, pp. 482-491 (2021)
Relation of severe COVID-19 to polypharmacy and prescribing of psychotropic drugs : the REACT-SCOT case-control study
, McKeigue Paul M, Kennedy Sharon, Weir Amanda, Bishop Jen, McGurnaghan Stuart J, McAllister David, Robertson Chris, Wood Rachael, Lone Nazir, Murray Janet, Caparrotta Thomas M, Smith-Palmer Alison, Goldberg David, McMenamin Jim, Guthrie Bruce, Hutchinson Sharon, Colhoun Helen M
BMC Medicine Vol 19 (2021)
Risks of and risk factors for COVID-19 disease in people with diabetes : a cohort study of the total population of Scotland
, , McGurnaghan Stuart J, Weir Amanda, Bishop Jen, Kennedy Sharon, Blackbourn Luke A K, McAllister David A, Hutchinson Sharon, Caparrotta Thomas M, Mellor Joseph, Jeyam Anita, O'Reilly Joseph E, Wild Sarah H, Hatam Sara, Höhn Andreas, Colombo Marco, Robertson Chris, Lone Nazir, Murray Janet, Butterly Elaine, Petrie John, Kennon Brian, McCrimmon Rory, Lindsay Robert, Pearson Ewan, Sattar Naveed, McKnight John, Philip Sam, Collier Andrew, McMenamin Jim, Smith-Palmer Alison, Goldberg David, McKeigue Paul M, Colhoun Helen M
The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Vol 9, pp. 82-93 (2021)
Earlier diagnosis of lung cancer in a randomised trial of an autoantibody blood test followed by imaging
, Sullivan Frank M, Mair Frances S, Anderson William, Armory Pauline, Briggs Andrew, Chew Cindy, Dorward Alistair, Haughney John, Hogarth Fiona, Kendrick Denise, Littleford Roberta, McConnachie Alex, McCowan Colin, McMeekin Nicola, Patel Manish, Rauchhaus Petra, Ritchie Lewis, Robertson Chris, Robertson John, Robles-Zurita Jose, Sarvesvaran Joseph, Sewell Herbert, Sproule Michael, Taylor Thomas, Tello Agnes, Treweek Shaun, Vedhara Kavita, Schembri Stuart
European Respiratory Journal Vol 57 (2021)
Vaccine effectiveness of live attenuated and trivalent inactivated influenza vaccination in 2010/11 to 2015/16 : the SIVE ii record linkage study
Simpson Colin R, Lone Nazir I, Kavanagh Kim, Englishby Tanya, Robertson Chris, McMenamin Jim, Von Wissman Beatrix, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Butler Christopher C, Ritchie Lewis D, Gunson Rory, Schwarze Jürgen, Sheikh Aziz
Health Technology Assessment Vol 24 (2020)
Quantifying the impact of the modifiable areal unit problem when estimating the health effects of air pollution
Lee Duncan, Robertson Chris, Ramsay Colin, Pyper Kate
Environmetrics Vol 31 (2020)

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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


Statistical Modelling of Covid-19 data in Public Health Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Kleczkowski, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
COVID-19: Early Assessment of COVID-19 epidemiology and Vaccine/anti-viral Effectiveness (EAVE II)
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Estimation of the spatial and temporal associations of air pollution on health in Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-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 - 21-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

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