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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Mathilde Le Vu, MSc, MS Santé Publique

Mathilde Le Vu, MSc, MS Santé Publique

  • PhD Student Anthropometrics & Historical Epidemiology Group
  • Thesis title: Temporal and other determinants of neonatal health in Lausanne 1905-1925
  • Supervisor: Kaspar Staub
  • Supervisor: Sabine Rohrmann
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PhD project

Temporal and other determinants of neonatal health reflecting maternal living standards in Lausanne, 1905-1925

Using birth records from the maternity of Lausanne, we aim at investigating the development of neonatal health during the years 1905-1925. Particularly, we will focus on the effects that two important shocks, i.e. the 1918/1919 influenza pandemic and food shortages (subsequent to World War I), may have indirectly had on neonatal health. On the other hand, as the data source also includes information on maternal infection during pregnancy, we will assess whether in utero exposure to influenza can impact birthweight.

This project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

PhD Supervisors: Pr. Dr. Sabine Rohrmann and PD Dr. Kaspar Staub

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  • 2017 BSc Earth and Life Sciences, Université Bretagne Sud, Vannes (France)
  • 2019 MSc Molecular and Cellular Biology, specialising in Medical Virology, Sorbonne Université, Paris (France)
  • 2020 Advanced Master Public Health, Pasteur-CNAM School, Paris (France)
  • Currently PhD student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, University of Zurich

Research Interests

  • Historical Epidemiology and Past Pandemics
  • Maternal and neonatal health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Evolution of anthropometrics