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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Neonatal and maternal outcomes following SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 vaccination : a population-based matched cohort study
Lindsay Laura, Calvert Clara, Shi Ting, Carruthers Jade, Denny Cheryl, Donaghy Jack, Hopcroft Lisa E M, Hopkins Leanne, Goulding Anna, McLaughlin Terry, Moore Emily, Taylor Bob, Bhaskaran Krishnan, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, McCabe Ronan, McCowan Colin, Simpson Colin R, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz, Wood Rachael, Stock Sarah J
Nature Communications Vol 14 (2023)
Predictors of incomplete COVID-19 vaccine schedule among adults in Scotland : two retrospective cohort analyses of the primary schedule and third dose
Morrison Kirsty, Cullen Lucy, James Allan B, Chua Vera, Sullivan Christopher, Robertson Chris, Carruthers Jade, Wood Rachael, Jeffrey Karen, MacDonald Calum, Shah Syed Ahmar, Rudan Igor, Simpson Colin R, McCowan Colin, Vittal Katikireddi Srinivasa, Grange Zoe, Ritchie Lewis, Sheikh Aziz
Vaccine, pp. 1-14 (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)
Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in Scottish neonates 2020–2022 : a national, population-based cohort study
Goulding Anna, McQuaid Fiona, Lindsay Laura, Agrawal Utkarsh, Auyeung Bonnie, Calvert Clara, Carruthers Jade, Denny Cheryl, Donaghy Jack, Hillman Sam, Hopcroft Lisa, Hopkins Leanne, McCowan Colin, McLaughlin Terry, Moore Emily, Ritchie Lewis, Simpson Colin R, Taylor Bob, Fenton Lynda, Pollock Louisa, Gale Chris, Kurinczuk Jennifer J, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz, Stock Sarah, Wood Rachael
Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition Vol 108, pp. 367-372 (2023)
A study to address relationships between the metabolome (NMR) in obese women with gestational diabetes and adiposity in their 3-year-old offspring
Rattray Nicholas, Kavanagh Kimberley, Robertson Chris
Metabolomics 2022 (2023)
Accelerated waning of the humoral response to COVID-19 vaccines in obesity
van der Klaauw Agatha A, Horner Emily C, Pereyra-Gerber Pehuén, Agrawal Utkarsh, Foster William S, Spencer Sarah, Vergese Bensi, Smith Miriam, Henning Elana, Ramsay Isobel D, Smith Jack A, Guillaume Stephane M, Sharpe Hayley J, Hay Iain M, Thompson Sam, Innocentin Silvia, Booth Lucy H, Robertson Chris, McCowan Colin, Kerr Steven, Mulroney Thomas E, O’Reilly Martin J, Gurugama Thevinya P, Gurugama Lihinya P, Rust Maria A, Ferreira Alex, Ebrahimi Soraya, Ceron-Gutierrez Lourdes, Scotucci Jacopo, Kronsteiner Barbara, Dunachie Susanna J, Klenerman Paul, Park Adrian J, Rubino Francesco, Lamikanra Abigail A, Stark Hannah, Kingston Nathalie, Estcourt Lise, Harvala Heli, Roberts David J, Doffinger Rainer, Linterman Michelle A, Matheson Nicholas J, Sheikh Aziz, Farooqi I Sadaf, Thaventhiran James E D
Nature Medicine Vol 29, pp. 1146-1154 (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
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
COVID-19: Early Assessment of COVID-19 epidemiology and Vaccine/anti-viral Effectiveness (EAVE II) - Follow On Study
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023

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Professor Chris Robertson
Mathematics and Statistics

Tel: 548 3215