Reproductive and Cardio-metabolic health: Debbie Lawlor

Programme overview

The reproductive and cardio-metabolic health programme is concerned with identifying the causes and consequences of variation in women’s reproductive health, including how this affects their and their children’s cardio-metabolic health.

Our research provides the evidence base for identifying those at risk (or benefit) of: (i) healthy pregnancy, live-birth and adverse perinatal outcomes in women treated with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and those who have become pregnant naturally; (ii) which women and their children might have increased risk of adverse cardio-metabolic health as a result of IVF, pregnancy complications, risk factors in pregnancy, or adverse perinatal health; and (iii) which women may have adverse cardio-metabolic health as a result of variation in life-course reproductive health exposures (for example, variation in age at menarche and menopause, use of hormonal contraception and replacement, and parity). We use novel methods to distinguish causal from non-causal associations in these areas, so that as well as being able to risk stratify, we can develop targets for effective treatment and preventive interventions (lifestyle or pharmaceutical). 

Research Highlights

Professor Debbie Lawlor
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