Chris Robertson


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1985 …2021
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Personal profile

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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent

Master of Science, University of Kent

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, International Prevention Research Institute

1 Jul 2010 → …

Head of Statistics, Health Protection Scotland

1 Jan 2002 → …

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Output 1985 2020

Impact of EMA regulatory label changes on systemic diclofenac initiation, discontinuation, and switching to other pain medicines in Scotland, England, Denmark, and The Netherlands

Morales, D. R., Morant, S. V., MacDonald, T. M., Mackenzie, I. S., Doney, A. S. F., Mitchell, L., Bennie, M., Robertson, C., Hallas, J., Pottegard, A., Ernst, M. T., Wei, L., Nicholson, L., Morris, C., Herings, R. M. C., Overbeek, J. A., Smits, E. & Robert, W. V., 3 Jan 2020, In : Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)
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Detection of safety signals in randomised controlled trials

Author: Carragher, R. B., 1 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Robertson, C. (Supervisor) & Young, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Development and testing of early detection systems for seasonal and pandemic influenza

Author: Almuqrin, M. A. A., 1 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Gray, A. (Supervisor) & Robertson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2002 2016

Advanced Statistical Analyses Using R

Chris Robertson (Participant)
17 Mar 201618 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Bayesian Statistical Methods for PhD Students

Chris Robertson (Participant)
22 Feb 201626 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Health and cost benefits of monitoring infectious diseases using novel statistical methods.

Chris Robertson (Participant), David Greenhalgh (Participant), George Gettinby (Participant), J. McMenamin (Participant), C.R. Simpson (Participant), Nazir Lone (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services