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Presenter Profile: Lancet Journal Symposium—Time for a Paradigm Shift? Should We Treat Early Gestational Diabetes Mellitus?

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Lancet Journal Symposium—Time for a Paradigm Shift? Should We Treat Early Gestational Diabetes Mellitus?

Monday, June 24, at 1:30 p.m. ET
Room W304 E-H
Orange County Convention Center


Further Considerations for the Early Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Patrick Catalano, MD
Patrick Catalano, MD

Patrick Catalano, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Tufts Medical Center

What is your presentation about?
There has been a movement to diagnose gestational diabetes (GDM) in early pregnancy to improve perinatal outcomes. The results so far have proved mixed. My discussion will focus on the physiology of early pregnancy that makes interpretation of oral glucose tolerance in early pregnancy difficult to diagnose GDM.

How do you hope your presentation will impact diabetes research or care?
I think that it is important to know the limitations of our current testing methods. Because other methodologies for e.g. CGM may prove better and less of a patient burden. By providing physiologic data that is the basis of our current diagnosis and treatment methods, future research will better be able to move forward in the future avoiding mistakes of the past.

How did you become involved with this area of diabetes research or care?
I had great interdisciplinary mentors in obstetrics (Jim Clapp and Leon Mann) and endocrinology (Ethan Sims). I have also been fortunate to work with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, and basic science researchers. Last, I have been fortunate to have NIH funding to continue my research.

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