Diabetes in Pregnancy: The Most Recent Chapters in the Cincinnati Story

August 25, 2016 (Noon – 1 p.m.)


Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD


6710B Rockledge Drive, Room 1427, Bethesda, MD


This presentation is the inaugural lecture of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch Speaker Series. This lecture will feature three speakers: Dr. Rhonda Szczesniak, Dr. Jane Khoury, and Dr. Shelley Ehrlich, all from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Dr. Sczcesniak will discuss characteristics of blood sugar levels and blood pressure. She will describe how those characteristics can predict pregnancy-related outcomes, especially for women with high risk pregnancies. She will also discuss their function in predicting long-term outcomes for children who were exposed to these variables in the womb.

Dr. Jane Khoury will discuss the lifelong effects of high blood sugar in women. She will examine the relationship between birth outcomes and young adult anthropometric (i.e. size, weight, proportions) and metabolic outcomes for children of women with high blood sugar. She also will compare the birth outcomes from a historical study to a more recent study of women with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Ehrlich will explain how being exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), such as bisphenol A (better known as BPA), may affect the development of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which is  a form that occurs during pregnancy. She will discuss recent efforts to confront this issue, focusing on leading researchers, scientists, and clinicians, who are collaborating to understand how women’s health may be affected by exposure to these environmental agents.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Dr. Maurice Davis.


Dr. Maurice Davis, PPB, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-6887
E-mail: Maurice.davis@nih.gov

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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