Ian Hambleton

Ian Hambleton

Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics

The University of the West Indies


PhD-level statistician / data scientist.

I have worked as a statistician for 25 years in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. I have a long history of leading project data handling and analytics, including the management of solutions for robust and secure online data collection. I have published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on a broad range of chronic and infectious diseases. Working with academia, I have secured over 14 million US dollars of funding for health-related research.

I am committed to open-access data, and am developing an infrastructure for collecting and sharing Caribbean research data. I am statistical editor for the Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders group of the Cochrane Collaboration - an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare decision-making globally. I work with a range of Caribbean and international agencies involved in health and wellness.

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  • data handling technologies
  • data curation and sharing
  • systematic review methodology
  • data visualization
  • health inequalities
  • health in small islands
  • PhD in Statistical Epidemiology, 2002

    University of Southampton, UK

  • MSc in Biometry, 1995

    University of Reading, UK

  • BA in Applied Mathematics, 1992

    Brunel University, UK

Employment and Committee Work

The University appointments…

Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics
Jan 2010 – Present Barbados, West Indies
Head, Data Group. Data handling for, and analysis of population surveys, longitudinal health cohorts, and clinical trials. National disease registries in cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Statistical advisor to PAHO, EU, UNICEF, Barbados Government, CARPHA, CDEMA, regional NGOs involved in health and wellness.
Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics
Jan 2006 – Jan 2010 Barbados, West Indies
Data Management and analysis of Clinical Trials, Population Surveys and Epidemiological studies. National disease registries in cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. National risk factor health surveys. Advisor to PAHO, EU, Barbados Government, other regional NGO involved in health.
Clinical Trials Statistician
Jan 2005 – Jan 2006 Mwanza, Tanzania
Study management, data management and statistical analysis of two double-blind, randomised clinical trials of HIV interventions in women (1) Aciclovir for HSV-2 infection for HIV prevention (2) Microbicide gel for HIV prevention.
Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics
Jan 2002 – Jan 2005 Kingston, Jamaica
Analyses of ongoing studies, teaching, consultancy. Development of Masters programme in Biostatistics. Managing the activities of the TMRI Statistics Group (Jamaica and Barbados).
MRC Scientist - statistician
Aug 1996 – Jan 2002 Kingston, Jamaica
Statistical analysis of all Unit research. Statistical consultancy. Teaching of statistical software. MRC-funded cohort study analytics using the Jamaican Sickle Cell Disease Cohort Study. Development of guidelines for good practice when analysing observational sickle-cell disease data.
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Charing Cross Medical School, Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Aug 1995 – Jul 1996 London, UK
Statistical consultancy. Analysis of major funded projects. Teaching of statistical techniques and software.

The Committee Appointments…

Chair, Yale-TCC Data Sharing Working Group (Ongoing).
Yale-TCC operates an adult and child cohort in 4 Eatern Caribbean territories (Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, USVI). This group provides advice and support for the dissemination of research results to Caribbean stakeholders.
Steering Committee Member, Cohorts Collaboration of Latin America and the Caribbean (Ongoing).
Funded initially by a Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research, the Cohorts Consortium of Latin American and the Caribbean (CC_LAC) is a regional data pooling project to examine the association between cardio-metabolic risk factors (e.g. blood pressure, glucose and lipids) and non-fatal and fatal cardiovascular outcomes (e.g. stroke or myocardial infarction).
Member of technical advisory committee for the development of methods to analyze mortality in the presence of small numbers.
The committee has supported the development of materials to guide analysts in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), where small numbers of health events often limit the analytic options available.
Analytics and training on measuring inequality across the SDGs.
Approved statistician for provision of statistical support to UNICEF research output.
Committee member for the Diabetes Atlas.
Contributed to diabetes Atlas (6th / 7th / 8th editions). INcluded focus on methodology for prevalence rate sensitivity analyses.
HIV/AIDS National Surveillance reporting (Ongoing).
Statistical Support and member of writing committee for the analysis & production of the annual Barbados HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report.
Barbados National Ethics Committee (Joint UWI / MOHW committee) (Ongoing).
Member of University of the West Indies / Ministry of Health Institutional Review Board (Ethics Board) for the review of research involving human subjects.
Statistical Editor, Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group (CFGD) (Ongoing)
Appointed statistical editor with the Cochrane Collaboration (Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group). Full editorial duties for this global network for systematic reviews of randomised clinical trials. Also provide haemoglobinopathy editorial support as required.

Recent Publications

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A few examples of my involvement in funded projects… usually offering statistical and data handling support.



NCD Risk Factor Collaboration.



Assessing the foodscape of a small island developing state - The case of Barbados



Neighbourhood Walkability and Physical Activity in Barbados

Systems Science for Caribbean Health.

Systems Science for Caribbean Health.

Development of a Diabetes Policy Model

Walkability in a United Nations Heritage Site.

Walkability in a United Nations Heritage Site.

An assessment of walkability in the UN World Heritage site of Bridgetown and the Historic Garrison

Assessing the Barbados SSB Tax

Assessing the Barbados SSB Tax

Evaluating and guiding policy decision-making in the Caribbean on the taxation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

The FaN Project

The FaN Project

Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM

Pediatric ECHORN

Pediatric ECHORN

Pediatric ECHORN.

Health of the Nation

Health of the Nation

The Barbados National Risk Factor Survey (HotN)

The US-Caribbean Health Disparities Research Collaboration

The US-Caribbean Health Disparities Research Collaboration

Secondary analyses of regional health inequalities using publically available data

The Jamaican Sickle Cell Disease Cohort

The Jamaican Sickle Cell Disease Cohort

A 45-year birth cohort for people living with sickle cell disease

Barbados National Registry

Barbados National Registry

The Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-Communicable Disease

Cohort development for assessing health disparities

Cohort development for assessing health disparities

Extending a Jamaican cohort to facilitate research addressing health disparities among African descent populations.



The Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network



Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network.

Courses and Presentations

A few examples of my teaching and presentation outputs…


A secure web application to support data capture for research

What is REDCap?

  • REDCap is an acronym for Research Electronic Data Capture, and is used by more than 4,500 instutitions in 140 countries.

  • REDCap was built by the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  • REDCap is a web-based system for data collection. Data entry staff or people taking an online survey enter data in a web browser, either locally or from remote locations.

  • REDCap @ Cave Hill is operated jointly by the Campus RDH Committee and Campus IT Services. All project data are stored centrally in a secure database, and backed-up daily.


We will be rolling out our Cave Hill REDCap installation during 2021. We have been piloting REDCap extensively during 2020, and already, 400 UWI staff and students from all 3 campuses have created and managed 181 research projects using REDCap.

Do I need to install this software?

You do not need to install this software. The UWI supports REDCap for use by any research project.

What are the advantages of using REDCap?

REDCap has many features for operating your research study and for capturing your data electronically.

  • It is fast and flexible
    Move from conception to a production survey/database in less than 1-day.

  • Build online surveys and databases quickly and securely
    Create and design your project rapidly using secure web authentication from your browser. No extra software is required.

  • Export data to common data analysis packages
    Export your data to Microsoft Excel, SAS, Stata, R, or SPSS for analysis.

  • Easily manage a contact list of survey respondents or create a simple survey link
    Build a list of email contacts, create custom email invitations, and track who responds, or you may also create a single survey link to email out or post on a website.

  • Scheduling
    Utilize a built-in project calendar and scheduling module for organizing your events and appointments.

  • Save your data collection instruments as a PDF to print
    Generate a PDF version of your forms and surveys for printing to collect data offline.

  • Ad hoc reporting
    Create custom queries for generating reports to view or download.

  • Many other Advanced Features Such as auto-validation, calculated fields, branching/skip logic, survey stop actions.

Is my data secure?

When you use REDCap @ UWI, all your data is kept secure and private.

The servers we use for hosting REDCap and storage research data are certified HIPAA and GDPR compliant.

Features for HIPAA and GDPR Compliance

  • Data stored on a secure server
  • Database access requires user authentication with password
  • Data access based on an individual’s role on a project
  • Logging and audit trails on all data interactions
  • Logging can be disabled to meet GDPR right of erasure
  • e-consent

Using REDCap, you can remove identifiers from a dataset prior to exporting for analysis to create either a limited data set or a safe-harbor data set. A safe harbor data set is the removal of the 18 pieces of information considered identifiers for the purposes of HIPAA compliance.

How is REDCap supported?

REDCap @ Cave Hill is currently supported by grant funding. The Campus RDH Committee is currently developing a long-term sustainability plan. The UWI is committed to long-term maintenance of the REDCap software.

What is the cost?

Use of REDCap is available at no cost to UWI staff and students. Additional assistance from our REDCap experts is available at an hourly rate.

Can I find out more?

There is a series of online REDCap tutorials produced by the REDCap consortium. These can help you determine if REDCap is the right tool for your study. During 2021, The RDH Committee will be developing a series of REDCap training resources specifically for UWI staff and students.