Research Group PD Dr. med. Katharina Quack Lötscher

Main Field of Research, Abstract

The group focusus on nutrition and physical activity in pregnancy as well as on clinical epidemiology in the field of obstetrics.

  • Influence of nutrition and physical activity on the course of pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes (e.g. vitamin D)
  • Epidemiological analyses of maternal mortality and frequencies of perinatal outcomes


University of Zurich (Department EBPI), University of UC Berkeley (School of Public Health), ZHAW (Department of Life Science and Facility Management), ETH (Department of Health Sciences and Technology)

Main Fields of Research, Keywords

Nutrition, weight gain in pregnancy, physical activity, micronutrients, macronutrients, breast feeding, migration, maternal mortality, pregnancy care
Education and Training
Lectures for ETH students and BFH students

  • Abt, Sibylle (dietician HF)
  • Perotto, Laura (MD student)
  • Wille, Klara (MD student)

  • Konstantinidou, Efthymia (MD thesis)
  • Pestoni, Giulia (ETH master thesis)
  • Snophan, Viola (ETH master thesis)


Katharina Quack Lötscher, PD Dr. med.

Ärztin, Klinik für Geburtshilfe
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Klinik für Geburtshilfe

Tel. +41 44 255 50 42
Spezialgebiete: Fachärztin FMH Prävention und Gesundheitswesen (Public Health), Prävention im Bereich Ernährung und Bewegung, Perinatale Epidemiologie

Further information


Cabaset S, Krieger JP, Richard A, Rohrmann S, Quack Lötscher KC. Vitamin D status and its determinants in healthy pregnant women living in Switzerland in the first trimester of pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 Jan;19:10 ->Link

Quack Lötscher K. Update Mikronährstoffe in der Schwangerschaft. SZE (Schweizer Zeitschrift für Ernährungsmedizin) October 2018(4):20-21

Kahlmeier S, Hartmann F, Martin-Diener E, Quack Lötscher K, Schläppy-Muntwyer F. Schweizer Bewegungsempfehlungen für schwangere und postpartale Frauen. SZE (Schweizer Zeitschrift für Ernährungsmedizin) October 2018(4):14-19

Snophan AV, Quack Lötscher KC. Retrospective Study on the Association between Maternal Macronutrient Intake and Urogenital Infections during Pregnancy in a Swiss Cohort. EJNFS 2018 Oct;8(4):225-232

Krieger JP, Cabaset S, Canonica C, Christoffel L, Richard A, Schröder T, Lipp von Wattenwyl B, Rohrmann S, Quack Lötscher K. Prevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency in the third trimester of pregnancy: a multicentric study in Switzerland. Br J Nutr. 2018 Feb;119(3):299-309

Bornhauser C, Quack Lötscher KC, Seifert B, Simões-Wüst AP. Diet, Medication Use and Drug Intake during Pregnancy: Data from the consecutive Swiss Health Surveys 2007 and 2012. Swiss Med Wkly. 2017 Dec 28;147:w14572

Richard A, Rohrmann S, Quack Loetscher KC. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its associations with skin color in pregnant women in the first trimester in a sample from Switzerland. Nutrients 2017 Mar;10(9):260


Barin J, Quack Lötscher K. The milk gap – Contextualizing Human Milk Banking and Milk Sharing Practices and Perceptions in Switzerland. Stillförderung Schweiz, 2018

Quack Lötscher KC. Pregnancy and breastfeeding. In: Federal Commission for Nutrition (FCN). Vegan diets: review of nutritional benefits and risks. Expert report on the FCN. Bern: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, 2018

Hoesli I, Quack Lötscher KC. Ernährung in der Schwangerschaft und Stillzeit. In: Federal Commission for Nutrition. Ernährung in den ersten 1000 Lebenstagen – von pränatal bis zum 3. Geburtstag. Expert report of the FCN. Zurich: Federal Office for Public Health, 2015.