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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.

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 18 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. 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.

In addition to his book published with Springer Science on ‘Advance Techniques in modelling Maternal and child health in Africa’ (2014), his latest published book by the same publisher is titled “Female Genital Mutilation Around The World: Analysis of Medical Aspects, laws and Practice” (2018).

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.

Campus Address

Ellison Building D, Room D218
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

+44 (0)191 349 5356


  • Economics PhD June 30 2002
  • Information not provided Royal Statistical Society (RSS) 2010

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Bayesian Diseases mapping

Capacity building in Biostatistics

Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C).

Professional Activity

Current/Recent Projects

Evidence to end Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C). Population Council


Kandala N-B (PI)

  • Evidence to end Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C).
  • Population Council
  • Duration:15months (2018- 2019); total costs: £361,810


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 (SSACAB)
  • 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?
  • The British Council
  • Duration: 36 months (2010 – 2013), £60,000


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Community Influences on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Kenya, Grose, R., Hayford, S., Cheong, Y., Garver, S., Kandala, N., Yount, K. 1 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Health and Social Behavior
  • Trends in female genital mutilation/cutting in Senegal: what can we learn from successive household surveys in sub-Saharan African countries?, Kandala, N., Shell-duncan, B. 30 Jan 2019, In: International Journal for Equity in Health
  • Secular trends in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cuttings among girls, Kandala, N., Ezejimofor, M., Uthman, O., Komba, P. Nov 2018, In: BMJ Global Health
  • Private retail drug shops, Mayora, C., Kitutu, F., Kandala, N., Ekirapa-Kiracho, E., Peterson, S., Wamani, H. 9 Jul 2018, In: BMC Health Services Research
  • Co-morbidity of malnutrition with falciparum malaria parasitaemia among children under the aged 6–59 months in Somalia, Kinyoki, D., Moloney, G., Uthman, O., Odundo, E., Kandala, N., Noor, A., Snow, R., Berkley, J. 6 Jul 2018, In: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
  • Geographical variation of overweight, obesity and related risk factors, Samouda, H., Ruiz-Castell, M., Bocquet, V., Kuemmerle, A., Chioti, A., Dadoun, F., Kandala, N., Stranges, S. 14 Jun 2018, In: PLoS One
  • Magnitude and pattern of hypertension in the Niger Delta: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of community-based studies, Ezejimofor, M., Uthman, O., Chen, Y., Ezejimofor, B., Ezeabasili, A., Stranges, S., Kandala, N. Jun 2018, In: Journal of Global Health
  • Real-time polymerase chain reaction tests versus antenatal culture tests for the screening of maternal group B Streptococcus colonisation in labour, Seedat, F., Cooper, J., Uthman, O., Takwoingi, Y., Robinson, E., Kandala, N., Stranges, S., Taylor-Phillips, S. 2 May 2018, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • HIV Epidemic Heterogeneity in Zimbabwe: Evidence from successive Demographic Health Surveys, Oseni, Z., Seedat, F., Kandala, N. 15 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Biosocial Science
  • Childhood football play and practice in relation to self-regulation and national team selection; a study of Norwegian elite youth players, Erikstad, M., Høigaard, R., Johansen, B., Kandala, N., Haugen, T. 2018, In: Journal of Sports Sciences

PGR Supervision

Glory Atilola Start: 01/03/2017

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Latest Book published:

Female Genital Mutilation Around the World: Medical Aspects, Law and Practice Springer, 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-78007-8.


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