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Diane Berry Receives NIH Funding for Diabetes Research

Dr. Diane Berry

SON faculty member Dr. Diane Berry (Lead PI), Dr. Alison Stuebe (MPI) and Dr. Sarah Verbiest (Co-I) from the School of Medicine, and Dr. Todd Schwartz from the School of Nursing and Biostatistics, have received pilot funding from the NIH/NIDDK for a study aimed to assist women with gestational diabetes, prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and improve their infants’ outcomes.

The study will test a 14-week intensive intervention on the benefits of breastfeeding, understanding gestational diabetes and risk of progression to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, nutrition and exercise education, coping skills training, and physical activity (Phase I) and 3 months of continued monthly contact (Phase II) to help overweight women diagnosed with gestational diabetes improve metabolic, clinical, weight, adiposity, health behaviors and self-efficacy. Trends in breastfeeding duration and intensity, maternal infant feeding behavior, infant growth trajectory (weight-for-length) will also be measured.

Dr. Berry was also recently selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She will be inducted into the organization in June, and is sponsored by SON colleagues Anne Skelly, FAANP, and Debra Barksdale, FAANP.