The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff: Academic


Professor Ian Hambleton
Professor Ian Hambleton
Titles: Biostatistician
Department: FMS
Discipline: Chronic Disease Research Centre CDRC
Qualifications: BA MSc PhD
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Teaching Areas: Ian coordinates the course Biostatistics for the Master of Public Health (MPH) programme and provides statistical support to staff and postgraduate students across the Cave Hill campus. He operates a free weekly statistical advice service, and is currently developing this service into a more comprehensive "Research Resource Centre" for the University.
Biography: Ian Hambleton is a biostatistician with a first degree in Mathematics, a Masters in Medical Statistics and a Doctorate in Statistical Epidemiology. He has worked as a statistician for 16 years in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, variously for the UK Medical Research Council, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The University of the West Indies (at the Mona and Cave Hill campuses). Ian has specific expertise in the design, conduct, and analysis of randomised clinical trials, population surveys, and cohort studies. In particular, he organised statistical analyses for the influential Jamaican Cohort Study of Sickle Cell Disease. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles on a broad range of chronic and infectious diseases.
Research: Since arriving at the Chronic Disease Research Centre in 2006, Ian has worked with colleagues to secure over 2.5 million US dollars in research funding, for health research of relevance to Barbados and the Caribbean. Alongside colleagues at the CDRC, he is currently implementing the Barbados National Registry for chronic non-communicable diseases, designing a population-based study of wound-healing in people with diabetes, analysing survival among people with diabetes or cancer, initiating a national survey to assess Barbadian health in the new millennium, and investigating psycho-social determinants of Caribbean health disparities. He continues his long-standing involvement with sickle cell disease - working with groups around the world on disease severity and on healthcare interventions. Ian is both a haemoglobinopathies and statistical editor for the Cochrane Collaboration - an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving healthcare decision-making globally through systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions.
Publications: Selected Publications:

Watson-Jones D, Weiss HA, Rusizoka M, Changalucha J, Baisley K, Mugeye K, Tanton C, Ross D, Everett D, Clayton T, Balira R, Knight L, Hambleton I, Le Goff J, Belec L, Hayes R. Effect of Herpes Simplex Suppression on Incidence of HIV among Women in Tanzania. N Engl J Med. 2008; 358(15):1560-71

Hambleton IR, Jonnalagadda R, Davis CR, Fraser HS, Chaturvedi N, Hennis AJ. All-cause mortality after diabetes-related amputation in Barbados: a prospective case-control study. Diabetes Care. 2009 Feb;32(2):306-7.

Serjeant GR, Higgs DR, Hambleton IR. Elderly survivors with homozygous sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med. 2007 Feb 8;356(6):642-3.

Serjeant BE, Hambleton IR, Kerr S, Kilty C, Serjeant GR. Haematological response to parvovirus B19 infection in homozygous sickle-cell disease. Lancet. 2001 Nov 24;358(9294):1779-1780.

Wierenga KJ, Hambleton IR, Lewis NA. Survival estimates for patients with homozygous sickle-cell disease in Jamaica: a clinic-based population study. Lancet. 2001 Mar 3;357(9257):680-3.
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