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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Safety outcomes following COVID-19 vaccination and infection in 5.1 million children in England
Copland Emma, Patone Martina, Saatci Defne, Handunnetthi Lahiru, Hirst Jennifer, Hunt David P J, Mills Nicholas L, Moss Paul, Sheikh Aziz, Coupland Carol A C, Harnden Anthony, Robertson Chris, Hippisley-Cox Julia
Nature Communications Vol 15 (2024)
Interim 2023/2024 Season Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in Primary and Secondary Care in the United Kingdom
Whitaker Heather, Findlay Beth, Zitha Jana, Goudie Rosalind, Hassell Katie, Evans Josie, Kalapotharakou Panoraia, Agrawal Utkarsh, Kele Beatrix, Hamilton Mark, Moore Catherine, Byford Rachel, Stowe Julia, Robertson Chris, Couzens Anastasia, Jamie Gavin, Hoschler Katja, Pheasant Kathleen, Button Elizabeth, Quinot Catherine, Jones Tim, Anand Sneha, Watson Conall, Andrews Nick, de Lusignan Simon, Zambon Maria, Williams Christopher, Cottrell Simon, Marsh Kimberly, McMenamin Jim, Lopez Bernal Jamie
Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Vol 18 (2024)
End of 2022/23 season influenza vaccine effectiveness in primary care in Great Britain
Whitaker Heather J, Willam Naoma, Cottrell Simon, Goudie Rosalind, Andrews Nick, Evans Josie, Moore Catherine, Agrawal Utkarsh, Hassell Katie, Gunson Rory, Zitha Jana, Anand Sneha, Sebastian‐Pillai Praveen, Kalapotharakou Panoraia, Okusi Cecilia, Hoschler Katja, Jamie Gavin, Kele Beatrix, Hamilton Mark, Couzens Anastasia, Quinot Catherine, Pheasant Kathleen, Byford Rachel, Marsh Kimberly, Robertson Chris, de Lusignan Simon, Williams Christopher, Zambon Maria, McMenamin Jim, Watson Conall H
Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Vol 18 (2024)
Prevalence and risk factors for long COVID among adults in Scotland using electronic health records : a national, retrospective, observational cohort study
Jeffrey Karen, Woolford Lana, Maini Rishma, Basetti Siddharth, Batchelor Ashleigh, Weatherill David, White Chris, Hammersley Vicky, Millington Tristan, Macdonald Calum, Quint Jennifer K, Kerr Robin, Kerr Steven, Shah Syed Ahmar, Rudan Igor, Fagbamigbe Adeniyi Francis, Simpson Colin R, Katikireddi Srinivasa Vittal, Robertson Chris, Ritchie Lewis, Sheikh Aziz, Daines Luke
eClinicalMedicine Vol 71 (2024)
Machine learning-enabled maternal risk assessment for women with pre-eclampsia (the PIERS-ML model) : a modelling study
Csoban Tunde, Kavanagh Kimberley, Murray Paul, Robertson Chris, Barry Sarah JE, Ukah U Vivian, Payne Beth A, Nicolaides Kypros H, Syngelaki Argyro, Ionescu Olivia, Akolekar Ranjit, Hutcheon Jennifer A, Magee Laura A, von Dadelszen Peter
The Lancet Digital Health Vol 6, pp. E238-E250 (2024)
Uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations amongst 3,433,483 children and young people : meta-analysis of UK prospective cohorts
Aldridge Sarah J, Agrawal Utkarsh, Murphy Siobhán, Millington Tristan, Akbari Ashley, Almaghrabi Fatima, Anand Sneha N, Bedston Stuart, Goudie Rosalind, Griffiths Rowena, Joy Mark, Lowthian Emily, de Lusignan Simon, Patterson Lynsey, Robertson Chris, Rudan Igor, Bradley Declan T, Lyons Ronan A, Sheikh Aziz, Owen Rhiannon K
Nature Communications Vol 15 (2024)

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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