Heather Boyd

Heather Boyd


Heather Boyd, Seniorforsker, Epidemiologisk Forskning / Infektions- og cancerepidemiologi
T. 32688187 @. hoy@ssi.dk

Research Areas

I run a research program that combines my two main interests, the epidemiology of pregnancy complications (chiefly preeclampsia, but also pregnancy loss and preterm delivery) and cardiovascular and renal disease epidemiology. My core research group, which currently includes 4 University of Copenhagen Ph.D. students and a statistician, works on a range of register-based, laboratory-based and genetic epidemiology studies.

I am PI of the PEACH (PreEclampsia, Angiogenesis, Cardiac dysfunction, and Hypertension) study, a study seeking better ways to phenotype preeclampsia subtypes based on biomarkers and cardiac function measurements and to identify women at greatest risk of cardiovascular disease following preeclampsia. I am also Data Director for the Copenhagen Baby Heart study, a population-based study with cardiac echocardiography on 25,000 newborns that we are using to study the effect of maternal pregnancy complications on offspring cardiac structure, function, and development.

2003 PhD in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA 
1996  B.Sc. (Hons.) in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, University of Alberta, 
Edmonton, Canada 

2011- Senior researcher, Department of Epidemiology Research, SSI 
2004-11  Researcher, Department of Epidemiology Research, SSI 
Guest researcher, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA 

Professional Activities and Leadership Positions
2018-  Data Director, Copenhagen Baby Heart study (baby-heart.dk) 
2017-  Member, Communications Steering Committee, SSI 
Member, Steering Committee, Copenhagen Baby Heart study 
2015-  Principal Investigator, PEACH study 
2010-   Research group leader (Pregnancy Complications and Cardiovascular Disease),
Department of Epidemiology Research, SSI 

Prizes and Honours
Added to the AcademiaNet Expert Database for Outstanding Female Academics (www.academia-net.org)
2014  Recipient of DFF-YDUN (Younger women Devoted to a UNiversity career) grant for 
research talents 

International Collaborations 

• Reference values for cardiac function during pregnancy, with Professors Basky Thilaganathan
and Asma Khalil (St. George’s University Hospital, UK)

• Biological markers of later cardiovascular disease risk in women with a history of preeclampsia,
with Professors Mark Hlatky, Virginia Winn, Marcia Stefanick, David Stevenson (Stanford University, USA)

• Incorporation of pregnancy complications into risk scores to evaluate cardiovascular disease risk in women, with Professor Padma Kaul (University of Alberta, Canada), Prof. Basky Thilaganathan (St. George’s University Hospital, UK), Prof. Lucy Chappell (King’s College London, UK), Fergus McCarthy (University College Cork, Ireland), and Prof. Annemarie Hennessy (Western Sydney University, Australia)