Researcher biography

Robert Ware is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons 1) in Statistics, University of Canterbury (NZ) 1995; PhD in Statistics, University of Canterbury 2003

Career summary: After completing his PhD (Three studies in numerical methods for statistical approximations) at the University of Canterbury (NZ), he has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2003-2007), Lecturer (2008), and Senior Lecturer (2009-2016) in the School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, and Professor of Biostatistics at Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Robert has collaborated with colleagues at the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability since 2007, and has been a key team member in the Advocacy & Health and Ask Adolescent randomised trials, and the EF-CHAP longitudinal follow-up study. 

Research: The current focus of Robert's research program centres around assessing the usefulness of primary-care based health interventions for people with intellectual disability. In particular he is studying how often people with intellectual disability should receive health checks to gain the optimum benefit. For more information about these studies, including information about data sharing, please contact Robert.

Publications: Robert has authored over 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2005, including publications have been in the highest ranking general medical (New Engl J Med, JAMA, Lancet), specialist medical (Pediatrics, Chest, Critical Care Med), statistical (Stat Med), epidemiological (Am J Epidemiol, Ann Epidemiol), and disability (Res Dev Disabil, Dev Med Child Neurol, J Appl Res Intelect Disabil) journals.

Research support: Robert has been a principal investigator on 11 successful competitive grants with total income of over $4 million. He was CI-A for the recently completed ARC Discovery Project ‘Evaluating the impact participant attrition has on longitudinal studies’. He is a chief investigator on two ongoing NHMRC Project Grants, a $1.1 million birth cohort study investigating childhood respiratory infections and a $1.4 million mixed-methods study investigating the post-release health experiences of prisoners.