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. 


Assessing safety at the end of clinical trials using system organ classes : a case and comparative study
Carragher Raymond, Robertson Chris
Pharmaceutical Statistics (2021)
Incidence of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) related to antibiotic prescribing by GP surgeries in Wales
Tydeman Florence, Craine Noel, Kavanagh Kimberley, Adams Helen, Reynolds Rosy, McClure Victoria, Hughes Harriet, Hickman Matt, Robertson Chris
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2021)
SARS-CoV-2 positivity in asymptomatic-screened dental patients
, Conway DI, Culshaw S, Edwards M, Clark C, Watling C, Robertson C, Braid R, O’Keefe E, McGoldrick N, Burns J, Provan S, VanSteenhouse H, Hay J, Gunson R
Journal of Dental Research Vol 100, pp. 583-590 (2021)
Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the incidence and mortality of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease : national interrupted time series analyses for Scotland and Wales
Alsallakh Mohammad A, Sivakumaran Shanya, Kennedy Sharon, Vasileiou Eleftheria, Lyons Ronan A, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz, Davies Gwyneth A, Simpson Colin R, McMenamin Jim, Ritchie Lewis D, Woolhouse Mark, Stagg Helen R, Marques Diogo, Murray Josie, Stock Sarah, Wood Rachael, McCowan Colin, Agrawal Utkarsh, Docherty Annemarie B, Mulholland Rachel H, Moore Emily, Marple James, Hammersley Vicky
BMC Medicine Vol 19 (2021)
Effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines on covid-19 related symptoms, hospital admissions, and mortality in older adults in England : test negative case-control study
Bernal Jamie Lopez, Andrews Nick, Gower Charlotte, Robertson Chris, Stowe Julia, Tessier Elise, Simmons Ruth, Cottrell Simon, Roberts Richard, O'Doherty Mark, Brown Kevin, Cameron Claire, Stockton Diane, McMenamin Jim, Ramsay Mary
The BMJ Vol 373 (2021)
Interim findings from first-dose mass COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and COVID-19 hospital admissions in Scotland : a national prospective cohort study
Vasileiou Eleftheria, Simpson Colin R, Shi Ting, Kerr Steven, Agrawal Utkarsh, Akbari Ashley, Bedston Stuart, Beggs Jillian, Bradley Declan, Chuter Antony, de Lusignan Simon, Docherty Annemarie B, Ford David, Hobbs FD Richard, Joy Mark, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Marple James, McCowan Colin, McGagh Dylan, McMenamin Jim, Moore Emily, Murray Josephine LK, Pan Jiafeng, Ritchie Lewis, Shah Syed Ahmar, Stock Sarah, Torabi Fatemeh, Tsang Ruby SM, Wood Rachael, Woolhouse Mark, Robertson Chris, Sheikh Aziz
The Lancet Vol 397, pp. 1646-1657 (2021)

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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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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
Can We Enable Harmonised, Near Real-time, Data on Pharmacovigilance Of COVID-19 Vaccines Using Routinely Collected Linked National Datasets Across The UK?
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator)
Covid19 HDRUK
08-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
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
Vascutek training on non normal data
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Dwyer, Ian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
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)
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
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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