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Clare Oliver-Williams

Research Interests

Supervisor: Dr Angela Wood and Prof Gordon Smith


Abstract: My PhD project determines the association between previous miscarriage and development of cardiovascular disease risk in women. I will investigate potential mediators of this association, including pregnancy complications and cardiovascular biomarkers, and assess a number of common determinants, such as ethnic group and genetic risk factors.

This work will help improve understanding how miscarriage and cardiovascular disease are related and potentially enhance identification of women at risk of developing heart disease.

Key Publications

Vitamin D and risk of cause specific death: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational cohort and randomised intervention studies. Chowdhury R, Kunutsor S, Vitezova A, Oliver-Williams C, Chowdhury S, Kiefte-de-Jong JC, Khan H, Baena CP, Prabhakaran D, Hoshen MB, Feldman BS, Pan A, Johnson L, Crowe F, Hu FB, Franco OH. BMJ. 2014 Apr 1;348:g1903.

Changes in association between previous therapeutic abortion and preterm birth in Scotland, 1980 to 2008: a historical cohort study. Oliver-Williams C, Fleming M, Monteath K, Wood AM, Smith GC. PLoS Med. 2013;10(7):e1001481.

Miscarriage and future maternal cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Oliver-Williams CT, Heydon EE, Smith GC, Wood AM. Heart. 2013 Nov;99(22):1636-44.

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