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. 

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Risk of winter hospitalisation and death from acute respiratory infections in Scotland : a national retrospective cohort study
Shi Ting, Millington Tristan, Robertson Chris, Jeffrey Karen, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, McCowan Colin, Simpson Colin R, Woolford Lana, Daines Luke, Kerr Steven, Swallow Ben, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi, Vallejos Catalina A, Weatherill David, Jayacodi Sandra, Marsh Kimberley, McMenamin Jim, Rudan Igor, Ritchie Sir Lewis Duthie, Mueller Tanja, Kurdi Amanj, Sheikh Sir Aziz
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2024)
Caveats in reporting of national vaccine uptake
Millington Tristan, Morrison Kirsty, Jeffrey Karen, Sullivan Christopher, Kurdi Amanj, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi Francis, Swallow Ben, Shi Ting, Shah Syed Ahmar, Kerr Steven, Simpson Colin R, Ritchie Sir Lewis D, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Sir Aziz, Rudan Igor
Journal of Global Health Vol 14 (2024)
COVID-19 vaccine safety in Scotland - background rates of adverse events of special interest
Cullen LA, Grange Z, Antal K, Waugh L, Alsina MS, Gibbons CL, MacDonald LE, Robertson C, Cameron JC, Stockton D, O'Leary MC
Public Health Vol 224, pp. 1-7 (2023)
Quality of ethnicity data within Scottish health records and implications of misclassification for ethnic inequalities in severe COVID-19 : a national linked data study
Amele Sarah, McCabe Ronan, Kibuchi Eliud, Pearce Anna, Hainey Kirsten, Demou Evangelia, Irizar Patricia, Kapadia Dharmi, Taylor Harry, Nazroo James, Bécares Laia, Buchanan Duncan, Henery Paul, Jayacodi Sandra, Woolford Lana, Simpson Colin R, Sheikh Aziz, Jeffrey Karen, Shi Ting, Daines Luke, Tibble Holly, Almaghrabi Fatima, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi Francis, Kurdi Amanj, Robertson Chris, Pattaro Serena, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal
Journal of Public Health (2023)
Thrombocytopenic, thromboembolic and haemorrhagic events following second dose with BNT162b2 and ChAdOx1 : self-controlled case series analysis of the English national sentinel cohort
Joy Mark, Agrawal Utkarsh, Fan Xuejuan, Robertson Chris, Anand Sneha N, Ordonez-Mena Jose, Byford Rachel, Goudie Rosalind, Jamie Gavin, Kar Debasish, Williams John, Marsden Gemma L, Tzortziou-Brown Victoria, Sheikh Sir Aziz, Hobbs FD Richard, de Lusignan Simon
The Lancet Regional Health - Europe Vol 32 (2023)
Understanding and reporting odds ratios as rate-ratio estimates in case-control studies
Kerr Steven, Greenland Sander, Jeffrey Karen, Millington Tristan, Bedston Stuart, Ritchie Sir Lewis, Simpson Colin R, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi Francis, Kurdi Amanj, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Sir Aziz, Rudan Igor
Journal of Global Health Vol 13 (2023)

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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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PHS Respiratory Modelling
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Describing, characterising and predicting winter respiratory accident and emergency attendances, hospital and intensive care unit admissions and deaths
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
Use Of National Linked Healthcare data to Identify And Characterise Post-autumn Booster Dose Severe COVID-19 Outcomes Across the UK
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
30-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Developing capacity and capability to undertake UK-wide studies on +65M people using COVID-19 as an exemplar (COALESCE)
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Characteristics and outcomes of patients receiving Sotrovimab for the early treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Mueller, Tanja (Co-investigator)
Project for GSK - Subcontract to University of Edinburgh
27-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Rapid Outcomes of COVid therapeutics in Eave II (ROCOVE)
Sheikh, Aziz (Principal Investigator) Kurdi, Amanj (Co-investigator) Tibble, Holly (Co-investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator)
This was an externally funded project funded by the NIHR (grant ref.NIHR135575) with a total value of £113,579.93
03-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022

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Professor Chris Robertson
Mathematics and Statistics

Tel: 548 3215