Dr. Reece wins ADA Award.
As the honoree this year, Dr. Reece delivered the Norbert Freinkel Award lecture that was entitled "Unraveling the Biomolecular Mechanisms of Diabetic Embryopathy" at the ADA's annual meeting in Philadelphia.
"Dr. Freinkel was truly a pioneer in the study of diabetes and pregnancy," said Dr. Reece, who is dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, vice president for medical affairs, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor there.
"Dr. Freinkel's seminal paper, 'The Honeybee Syndrome,' published in 1984, is unforgettable," he said in a written statement. "It demonstrated for the first time how devastatingly harmful hyperglycemia in the mother's blood can be to the developing fetus. Using methodology very similar to Dr. Freinkel's, my laboratory has identified at least three pathways in the cell responsible for hyperglycemia's harmful impact on the fetus. Each of these aberrant pathways could potentially become molecular targets for therapies to prevent harm to the developing fetus and preserve healthy pregnancies in diabetic women."
Dr. Reece is a professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and biochemistry & molecular biology at the university. His research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy, birth defects, and prenatal diagnosis. He also directs a National Institutes of Health research laboratory group that studies the biomolecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects.