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Professor Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala

Professor of Biostatistics

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Ngianga-Bakwin is Professor of Biostatistics at Northumbria University, UK.

Ngianga-Bakwin is Professor of Biostatistics at Northumbria University, UK.

Prior to this, he worked as Head of the Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis Research Unit at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg and was an Associate Professor in Health Technology Assessment, a joint appointment with the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick.

He has previously worked in many academic institutions and in various positions as a Medical Statistician at the University of Southampton and King’s College London; a Mellon Foundation Fellow at the University of Montreal, Canada; Associate Professor at the University of Botswana and Associate Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.  He is also affiliated with the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa as a Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics. He obtained a PhD in Economics/Statistics from the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany in February 2002.

For the past 15 years, his main research interests are in Bayesian statistical methods and their application to epidemiology and health, in particular, addressing maternal and child health and a variety of health-related health inequalities both in the developing countries and command economies, using large scale household data.

Kandala has published widely in high impact peer review journals in both the field of Statistics and health in diverse populations. He recently published a book with Springer Science on ‘Advance Techniques in modelling Maternal and child health in Africa’ (2014).

His current research interests include, Bayesian modelling and diseases mapping, statistical methods applied to epidemiology, survival analysis, longitudinal data analysis, meta-analysis, Bayesian spatial Analysis, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment.

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Bayesian Diseases mapping

Capacity building in Biostatistics

Professional Activity

Guest Editor, Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology (2014-2016)

International Advisory Board of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (2010)

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Royal Statistical Society, International Statistical Institute, American Heart Association, Population-Environment Research Network, Environment, Health and Development Network, British Sleep Society, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, British Society for Population Studies, International Union for Scientific Studies of Population, International Association of Official Statistics, Union of African Population Studies, Population Association of America

Current/Recent Projects

  • Kandala N-B (PI: Northumbria), Chirwa T (PI: University of the Witwatersrand), Noor A (PI: KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme), Todd J (PI: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Mwambi H (PI: University of Kwazulu Natal)
    • The Consortium of Sub-Saharan Africa Advanced Training Programme for Leadership and Excellence in Biostatistics (S2ACABT)
    • Wellcome Trust –DELTAS Initiative
    • Duration: 60 months (2016-2021); total costs: £3,4 Million


  • A Clarke (PI), P Sutcliffe; Kandala N-B; E Cummins; A Grove; M Underwood; J Mason
    • Production of Technology Assessment Reviews (TARs) for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 
    • Duration: 60 months (2016-2021); total costs: £4,9 Million


  • A Clarke (PI), Kandala N-B et al.
    • CLARHC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care). Host organisation: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Warwick Medical School 
    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
    • Duration: 60 months (2014 to 2019), £1,25 Million
  • Prof Dieter Wolke (PI), Kandala N-B(Co-PI) Prenatal and family precursors of bullying involvement in childhood and their consequences into early adulthood. ESRC: Duration: 24 months (2012 to 2014), £200,000
  • Rees K (PI), Shah E, Clarke A, Thorogood M, Kandala N-B  Stranges S, Mike K

Prevention of cardio vascular disease - systematic reviews
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)/Cochrane Collaboration
Duration: 60 months (2011 to 2016), £420,000 

  • Kandala N-B (PI), Prof Kayembe K Patrick and Prof. Barthélemy KALAMBAYI BANZA

Reproductive Health inequalities in the Democratic Republic of Congo: does geographic location matter?
British Council: Duration: 36 months (2010 – 2013), £60,000

Key Publications

  1. Schmidtke K, Poots A, Vlaev I, Kandala N-B, Lilford R. Considering Chance in Quality and Safety Performance Measures. BMJ Quality & Safety 2016;0:1–9. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004967.
  2. The Subnational Estimates Working Group of the HIV Modelling Consortium. Evaluation of Geospatial Methods to Generate Subnational HIV Prevalence Estimates for Local Level Planning. AIDS (2016). doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001075.
  3. Kinyoki DK, Kandala N-B, Manda SO, Krainski ET, Fuglstad G-A, Moloney GM, Berkley JA, Noor AM. Assessing co-morbidity of wasting and, stunting among children in Somalia. BMJ Open. 2016 Mar 9;6(3):e009854. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009854.
  4. Hamilton A, Kandala N-B. Geography and correlates of attitude toward Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sudan: what can we learn from successive Sudan opinion poll data? Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 16(2016)59–76. DOI: 10.1016/j.sste.2015.12.001.
  5. Sarki AM, Nduka C, Stranges S, Kandala N-B, Uthman OA (2015) Prevalence of Hypertension in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Medicine (2015) 94:50.
  6. Kandala N-B, Connock M, Pulikottil-Jacob R, Sutcliffe P, Grove A, Mistry H, Clarke A. Total Hip Replacement: Setting a benchmark revision rate- analysis of Registry evidence. BMJ 2015; 350:h756.

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