Karoline Kragelund Nielsen

​Senior Researcher, team leader, PhD, MSc Public Health
Diabetes Prevention Research, Health Promotion


E-mail: Karoline.Kragelund.Nielsen@regionh.dk
Phone: +45 2179 4470

Research area

1. Health promotion and type 2 diabetes prevention in women with prior gestational diabetes and their families. Development and evaluation of a complex intervention targeting families where the mother has had gestational diabetes.

2. Ethnic and socio-economic differences related to gestational diabetes. Epidemiological studies of the role of ethnicity and socio-economic position in the development of short- and long-term adverse outcomes among women with gestational diabetes and their families.

3. Barriers and facilitators for gestational diabetes related healthcare services. Primarily qualitative research focusing on factors influencing the use of healthcare services among pregnant women with gestational diabetes or women with prior gestational diabetes.

4. Hyperglycaemia in pregnancy among women in India and other low and middle income countries. Epidemiological and qualitative research focusing on how screening, treatment and long-term follow-up of women with hyperglycaemia in pregnancy can be implemented or improved in low resource settings.

Current research

1. FACE-IT: Evaluation of a co-created, cross-sectoral health promotion programme for women with prior gestational diabetes and their families.
Aim: to increase quality of life and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes among women with prior gestational diabetes and their families.


  • Associate Prof. Helle Terkildsen Maindal, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen.
  • Prof. Per Ovesen, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Center for Pregnant Women with Diabetes, Aarhus University Hospital.
  • Dorte Møller Jensen, Department of Endocrinology, Center for Pregnant Women with Diabetes, Odense University Hospital.
  • Prof. Jørgen T. Lauridsen, Centre for Health Economics Research, University of Southern Denmark.
  • Martha Emneus, Applied Economics and Health Research Aps.
  • Associate Professor Viola Burau, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University.
  • The municipalities of Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense.

2. Ethnicity and socio-economic position related to gestational diabetes
Aim: to investigate ethnic and socio-economic differences in the development of gestational diabetes as well as related short- and long-term adverse outcomes.


  • Prof. Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Peter Damm, Department of Obstetrics, Center for Pregnant Women with Diabetes, Rigshospitalet.
  • Senior Researcher Gregers Stig Andersen, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen.

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