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Determinants and Health Consequences of Gestational Diabetes: A Life Course Perspective

Cuilin Zhang, MD, MPH, PhD
Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30am - 12pm
Health Sciences Building, Room K-069

Dr. Zhang has contributed to the understanding of the roles of genetic and environmental factors and their interactions in the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes and obesity and health consequences of these complications, as well as early life origins of chronic diseases.

Her research program focuses on the determinants and health consequences of cardio-metabolic disorders based on a life course approach. Dr. Zhang has authored more than 160 peer reviewed publications and initiated and led five large NIH-supported cohort studies: the Diabetes & Women’s Health Study, the Longitudinal Pathogenesis Study of Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Pregnancy, the NICHD Fetal Growth Studies, the Collaborative Perinatal Project Mortality Linkage Study, and the Intergenerational Health Study. Dr. Zhang earned her MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She received her postdoctoral training in genetic and nutritional epidemiology at Harvard University.

Student Activities

Tatiana Sarkhosh, published an op-ed on the benefits of breastfeeding for Iowan moms in the Des Moines Register.

Alyssa Bosold, class of 2018, was selected by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to serve as one of the ten Trainee Ambassadors of 2017 and earned the MCHB Graduate Student Epidemiology Program Award to complete her practicum with the Northwest Portland Indian Health Board doing MCH needs assessement for Northwest Tribes.

Divya Patil, class of 2018, earned the MCHB Graduate Student Epidemiology Program Award to complete her practicum with the Hawaii Department of Health to evaluate and analyze the impact of substance use and chronic disease on birth outcomes to help inform state efforts.

Colleen Kimsey, class of 2018, was awarded a Title V MCH Internship to work with the Bureau of Family Health in Pennsylvania to develop workforce capacity around improving health outcomes for women and children.

Ashley Scherman, certificate student, co-authored a paper in Physiology Reports: "Maternal High-Fat Diet in Mice Leads to Innate Airway Hyperresponsiveness in the Adult Offspring" and will present at the Pediatric Academy Society Conference on May 6, 2017 in San Francisco: "Adverse Experiences in Childhood and Preschool Language Development"

Faculty & Alumni Updates

Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS, professor in Epidemiology, Health Services, and Global Health, and Director of the UW Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Center, was named the new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health on Feb. 16.

Daniel Enquobahrie, PhD, MPH, MD, Director of MCH and professor in Epidemiology and Health Services, won the 2017 Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award from the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health.

Tracy Hilliard, MCH alumna, is a senior consultant at ORS Impact and joined the UW School of Public Health this past fall to develop a five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Amritha Bhat, class of 2017, recently had her thesis published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology: Delivering perinatal depression care in a rural obstetric setting: a mixed methods study of feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness: