The overarching theme of my research is women’s health (perinatal epidemiology, breast cancer epidemiology, social inequalities in health). Natalie uses her knowledge of epidemiology and interest in public health to create evidence to support improving women’s health throughout the life-course.

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Natalie Holowko, Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Research Group

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Epidemiology and Clinical Trials


Dr Natalie Holowko obtained her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Queensland in 2016. With a background in public health and a strong interest in social inequalities over the life course, Natalie completed her PostDoc in Breast Cancer Epidemiology at Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Following this, Natalie joined the Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology group (Clinical Epidemiology) at Karolinska Institute, where she was involved in a number of different projects. Natalie remains affiliated with the group, and is a co-applicant (with Prof. Olof Stephansson) on a $700,000 project funded by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FORTE) to investigate diabetes during pregnancy and strategies to improve maternal and infant outcomes.

In line with her skillset and interest in social inequalities, Natalie also collaborates with researchers from Stockholm University on epidemiological studies among women with disability – including cancer diagnosis and prognosis, and care over the life-course for women with disability.

As a perinatal epidemiologist, Natalie is involved at all stages of the research process – study inception, design, data (collection, management, analysis), and dissemination of research findings.

At The Ritchie Centre, Natalie is excited to be using her epidemiological skillset to contribute to knowledge to prevent still births and improve both maternal and infant outcomes.


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