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Dr Luisa Zuccolo

Dr Luisa Zuccolo

Dr Luisa Zuccolo

Senior Lecturer

Office OS14
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 3310066


Luisa Zuccolo is Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the University of Bristol. Following her first degree in Physics, she obtained a Fellowship from the University of Turin, Italy, in Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance. She then moved to the University of Bristol and was awarded a pre-doctoral Fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council to complete an MSc in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology (University of Bristol). She was then awarded a second MRC Fellowship in population health science epidemiology, after which, in 2018, she secured a tenured position at the University of Bristol. Dr Zuccolo researches the causal effects of alcohol on health, in particular of prenatal alcohol exposure, using methods and designs that improve causal inference. She is also interested in barriers to and effects of prolonged breastfeeding. 


I study the effects alcohol has on health, in particular prenatal alcohol exposure. I am interested in both very low levels of exposure ("is there a safe threshold for alcohol use in pregnancy?"), and in heavier alcohol use ("why are some children more vulnerable to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?"). I am also starting a program of work looking at barriers to and effects of prolonged breastfeeding. I use population health science research methods that help disentangle causes from correlations in large datasets.

  • epidemiology
  • prenatal alcohol exposure
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • breastfeeding
  • causal inference
  • Mendelian randomization
  • Children of the 90's
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