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Social Science, Health & Medicine - Dr Karen Lowton


Following a career in nursing, Karen completed a PhD in Medical Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing on how adults with cystic fibrosis and their family members perceive and manage the disease and its treatment.

She joined King’s College London in 2001, initially working in the department of Palliative Care & Policy, School of Medicine, where she undertook research into primary and secondary school teachers’ management of bereaved children. Karen joined the Institute of Gerontology in 2006. Her main research interests continue to centre on ‘new’ ageing populations – i.e. those reaching midlife with traditional diseases of conditions of childhood, exploring health and social concerns, family care, and service use.

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