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Prof 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. 


Use of direct oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation in Scotland : applying a coherent framework to drug utilisation studies
Mueller Tanja, Alvarez-Madrazo Samantha, Robertson Charles, Bennie Marion
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Vol 26, pp. 1378-1386, (2017)
Changes in the prevalence of human papillomavirus following a national bivalent human papillomavirus vaccination programme in Scotland : a 7-year cross-sectional study
Kavanagh Kimberley, Pollock Kevin G, Cuschieri Kate, Palmer Timothy, Cameron Ross L, Watt Cameron, Bhatia Ramya, Moore Catherine, Cubie Heather, Cruickshank Margaret, Robertson Charles
Lancet Infectious Diseases, (2017)
The impact of bivalent HPV vaccine on cervical intraepithelial neoplasia by deprivation in Scotland : reducing the gap
Cameron Ross L, Kavanagh Kim, Watt D. Cameron, Robertson Chris, Cuschieri Kate, Ahmed Syed, Pollock Kevin G.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, (2017)
Examining the association between surface bioburden and frequently touched sites in intensive care
Adams C E, Smith J, Watson V, Robertson C, Dancer S J
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 95, pp. 76-80, (2017)
Evaluating the effectiveness, impact and safety of live attenuated and seasonal inactivated influenza vaccination : protocol for the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Effectiveness II (SIVE II) study
Simpson Colin R, Lone Nazir I, Kavanagh Kimberley, Robertson Chris, McMenamin Jim, von Wissmann Beatrix, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Butler Chris, Ritchie Lewis D, Gunson Rory, Schwarze Jürgen, Sheikh Aziz
BMJ Open Vol 7, (2017)
Investigating anthelmintic efficacy against gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle by considering appropriate probability distributions for faecal egg count data
Love J. W., Kelly L. A., Lester H. E., Nanjiani I. , Taylor M. A., Robertson C.
International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance Vol 7, pp. 71-82, (2017)

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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

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Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI) (SIRN Consortium Mark 2) | Tydeman, Florence
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Tydeman, Florence (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Oct-2021
Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-104
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2019
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator) Corson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 31-Jul-2017
Cancer Medicines Outcomes Programme
Bennie, Marion (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 31-Oct-2016 - 31-Mar-2019
Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccine Effects (IMove, IMove+, SpiDnet)
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator) Corson, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2015 - 30-Nov-2018
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Love, Johnathan
Kelly, Louise (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator) Love, Johnathan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2014 - 01-Feb-2018

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