Elena Raffetti

MD | PhD

What fascinates me

How we could guarantee sustainable national health care systems and equal access to high quality care is the question that fascinates me.

My goal

My goal is to advance toward an integrated understanding of how climate extremes and COVID-19 pandemic impact human health, particularly in vulnerable groups like pregnant women, using novel theoretical and methodological approaches and to explore areas that are still largely unknown at the interception among disciplines.

About me

I am committed to excellence in science, teaching and well-informed translation of scientific knowledge.

I am a medical doctor specialized in public health and preventive medicine in Italy, with a PhD in Epidemiology from Karolinska Institutet. With over ten years of experience in Sweden, the UK, and Italy, I’ve developed deep expertise in epidemiology, public health, and health data science. During the last 2 years, I have worked on developing an interdisciplinary research field bridging medical, natural and social sciences. I’m currently leading projects that investigate how climate extremes and COVID-19 pandemic impact human health with a particular focus on maternal cardiovascular health.

A few words

Yearly, very good weeks would not be sustainable without the so-called bad weeks. I have learned that I need to secure some time off in particular during bad weeks. I thank my (present and former) international crew and family for amazing dinners, philosophical discussions, unconditional support and reminding me to keep fit. I enjoy cross country skiing, kayaking, hiking and going to the opera and I am an avid reader of thriller and non-fiction books.

I believe a well-informed translation of scientific knowledge is highly needed and we should aspire for active citizenship through social engagement.  I am engaged in the Italian community in the world as an a board member of brothers Rosselli association and international federation of organizations for Italians overseas.

I have been appointed Assistant Professor at the Dep. of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet

The Swedish Research Council has founded a new centre of excellence of impacts of climate extremes (co-applicant)

FORMAS has funded the project: “Adapting to temperature extremes in a changing climate: Past trends and future scenarios”!

FORTE has founded the post-doctoral project “Novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease during pregnancy in whole populations of the UK”

Research Projects