Obesity, Pregnancy, & the Intrauterine Environment
Impact of metabolic dysfunction on the intrauterine environment and subsequent metabolic health of mother and offspring.
The Obesity, Pregnancy, and Intrauterine Environment program supports basic and clinical research to understand the impact of metabolic dysfunction on the intrauterine environment and subsequent metabolic health of both mother and offspring. The program supports observational and interventional clinical studies on the adverse effects of obesity and gestational/type 2 diabetes during pregnancy on mothers and their offspring beyond the immediate neonatal period. NIDDK does not generally support research focusing on the primary prevention or treatment of gestational diabetes directed at the immediate pregnancy outcomes/complications in women or their newborns. Interventional studies may involve, but are not limited to, diet (including food components/dietary supplements), physical activity programs, medications, or bariatric surgery that aim to mitigate or prevent adverse effects of over-nutrition and dysglycemia during and after pregnancy/delivery in both the mothers and their offspring beyond the immediate neonatal period. The program also supports basic and clinical research investigating the mechanisms by which the intrauterine environment alters metabolic responses in offspring. A particular focus is on the role of the pathophysiological consequences of obesity and/or diabetes on the offspring. The long-term goal of this program is to identify molecular targets that could be therapeutically altered in order to prevent or ameliorate the increasing incidence and deleterious effects of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
NIDDK Program Staff
- Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D. Type 2 diabetes in children and youth; human studies of metabolic imprinting
- Corinne M. Silva, Ph.D. Signaling pathways, nuclear receptors and nutrient sensing in metabolic tissues; role of intrauterine environment in offspring metabolic disease; Diabetes Research Centers
- Mary Evans, Ph.D. Multi-center Clinical Studies in Nutrition & Obesity; Nutrition Obesity Research Centers; Diet & Physical Activity Assessment Methodology
Recent Funding OpportunitiesView More Recent Funding Opportunities
Characterization of Islet-derived Extracellular Vesicles for Improved Detection, Monitoring, Classification, and Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Comprehensive Care for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus from Populations with Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Support for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to Development and Testing of New Technologies and Bioengineering Solutions for the Advancement of Cell Replacement Therapies for Type 1 Diabetes (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Launching Future Leaders in Global Health (LAUNCH) Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)
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NIDDK makes publicly supported resources, data sets, and studies available to researchers to accelerate the rate and lower the cost of new discoveries.
- Ancillary Studies to Major Ongoing Clinical Studies to extend our knowledge of the diseases being studied by the parent study investigators under a defined protocol or to study diseases and conditions not within the original scope of the parent study but within the mission of the NIDDK.
- NIDDK Central Repository for access to clinical resources including data and biospecimens from NIDDK-funded studies.
- NIDDK Information Network (dkNET) for simultaneous search of digital resources, including multiple datasets and biomedical resources relevant to the mission of the NIDDK.
Additional Research Programs
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Human Subjects Research
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