Expertise in Precision Health

Diabetes and Pregnancy

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a particularly serious problem in Indiana, where more than 695,000 children and adults suffer from all forms of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. The IU Precision Health Initiative’s diabetes research team is focused on the prevention and progression of this chronic disease, especially in women with gestational diabetes, who are at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes within five to 10 years later.

There are three distinct initiatives within the diabetes research program:

  • The team is currently analyzing the genetics of 10,000 pregnant women through blood samples made available via the NIH’s nuMoM2b study to research which biological factors led some of the women to develop Type 2 diabetes.
  • The team is currently recruiting pregnant women into a Hoosier Moms Cohort in order to observe how genetic, environmental and socioeconomic factors impact the development of gestational diabetes.
  • The team will develop prevention studies in women previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes and who are therefore at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The studies will be focused on identifying individual factors that interfere with treatment and designing solutions for overcoming them.

Leadership Team

The diabetes team is led by David Haas, MD, and Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, of IU School of Medicine and Kay Connelly, PhD, of the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

David M. Haas, MD

David M. Haas, MD

Robert A. Munsick Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD

Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD

Director, Diabetes Research Center

Learn More About Diabetes

Listen to Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD, director of the IU School of Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, current therapies, and research underway at IU School of Medicine that aims to dramatically improve treatments for patients. The Healthcare Triage podcast is hosted by IU School of Medicine faculty member and New York Times contributor Aaron Carroll, MD.