Pregnancy-Onset Diabetes gets Powerful Research Funding

Pregnancy-Onset Diabetes gets Powerful Research Funding

Diabetes diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy affects approximately 18 million women each year. Stephanie Olivier-Van Stichelen, PhD, assistant professor in biochemistry, secondary faculty in Obstetrics & Gynecology and member of the MCW Cardiovascular Center (CVC), is the recipient of a 2022 Sally Bentley Early-Stage (ESI) Award to fund her research investigating mechanisms that contribute to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

Dr. Olivier-Van Stichelen is a member of the Cardiovascular Center. This one-year, $10,000 award will fund her project, “O-GlcNAcylation in Placental Hormonal Secretion” that aims to identify new proteins involved in regulating placental dysfunction, which participates in GDM development.

While diabetic symptoms usually resolve after delivery, lasting complications can occur for both mother and child, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Funding for this award is made possible by the Sally Bentley Endowed Cardiovascular Venture Fund for New Researchers. The fund was established in 2011 with a gift to the CVC from Ms. Bentley and We Energies.