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Kate Fitzpatrick

BA (Hons), MSc, DPhil

Epidemiologist/Health services researcher

Kate is an Epidemiologist/Health Services Researcher with over ten years of experience. She has a particular interest in using routinely collected data to inform the care and improve outcomes for mothers, babies and their families across the life-course.

In 2016 she was awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake a DPhil part-time at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford. Her DPhil investigated the short and longer-term outcomes for women and their children according to planned mode of birth after previous caesarean section using a number of linked Scottish National datasets.

Kate recently led a Wellbeing of Women funded multi-country study that used the International Network of Obstetric Survey Systems to investigate the risk factors, management and associated outcomes of Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE), a rare pregnancy complication that remains one of the leading causes of direct maternal mortality in high income countries. She has previously conducted a number of national case-control and cohort studies examining various pregnancy and birth-related complications using the UK Obstetric Surveillance System. She has also previously been involved in several international multi-centre research projects seeking to investigate how genetic variation affects the biology and epidemiology of malaria, and research investigating the epidemiology of various eye diseases in India. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.