Reproductive epidemiology focuses on events at various stages of the human reproductive process, including sperm production, menstrual cycling, ovulation, sexual interaction, conception, miscarriage, fetal growth, and growth and development of the infant.
At Department of Clinical Epidemiology, our research within reproductive epidemiology focuses on risk factors for reproductive disturbances. Exposures of interest in utero and in adulthood include medication, infection, life style, psycho-social stress, chemical compounds, and air pollution. We study time to pregnancy as an outcome as well as adverse outcomes for the fetuses and children, including miscarriage, malformations, and vulnerability of infants.
Currently, we are running the prospective cohort study SnartForældre.dk, which includes couples trying to conceive. We collaborate with Boston University that runs a similar cohort of North American pregnancy planners. Furthermore, we are members of The Vulnerable Newborn Measurement Collaboration, which is a multicountry partnership that aims to generate estimates of vulnerable newborns and associated mortality and adverse outcome risks.