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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. 


A Bayesian space-time model for clustering areal units based on their disease trends
Napier Gary, Lee Duncan, Robertson Chris, Lawson Andrew
Biostatistics, (2018)
Improving predictive asthma algorithms with modelled environment data for Scotland : an observational cohort study protocol
Soyiri Ireneous N, Sheikh Aziz, Reis Stefan, Kavanagh Kimberly, Vieno Massimo, Clemens Tom, Carnell Edward J, Pan Jiafeng, King Abby, Beck Rachel C, Ward Hester J T, Dibben Chris, Robertson Chris, Simpson Colin R
BMJ Open Vol 8, (2018)
Is there a relationship between airborne and surface microbes in the critical care environment?
Smith J., Adams C.A., King M.F., Noakes C.J., Robertson C., Dancer S.J.
Journal of Hospital Infection, (2018)
Results from the third Scottish National Prevalence survey : is a population health approach now needed to prevent HAI?
Cairns Shona, Gibbons Cheryl, Milne Aynsley, King Hazel, Llano Melissa, MacDonald Laura, Malcolm William, Robertson Chris, Sneddon Jacqueline, Weir Jennifer, Reilly Jacqui
Journal of Hospital Infection, (2018)
Associations between Ambient Outdoor Temperature and Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality in Scotland
Ramsay Colin, Robertson C., Carragher Ray, Corson Stephen
Moving epidemic method (MEM) applied to virology data as a novel real time tool to predict peak in seasonal influenza healthcare utilisation. The Scottish experience of the 2017/18 season to date
Murray Josephine L K, Marques Diogo F P, Cameron Ross L, Potts Alison, Bishop Jennifer, von Wissmann Beatrix, William Naoma, Reynolds Arlene J, Robertson Chris, McMenamin Jim
Eurosurveillance Vol 23, pp. 1-5, (2018)

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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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Effectiveness and Pharmacoepidemiology Studies - Framework Agreement
Bennie, Marion (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 05-Oct-2015 - 04-Oct-2019
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
Rutherford Fund Fellowship at HDR UK: Risk Prediction in Pharmacoepidemiology
Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator) Carragher, Raymond Bernard (Fellow)
Period 14-Feb-2018 - 13-Feb-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
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, Charles (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Linking air pollution and health in Scotland to inform on locations for a Low Emission Zone
Robertson, Charles (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Dec-2017

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Mathematics and Statistics
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