Nationally recognized expert on diabetes-induced birth defects spoke at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Diabetes is a significant global health concern affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. The disease can also be a generational threat. Women who have diabetes prior to pregnancy are at an increased risk of having children born with birth defects, the most substantial being spinal and cardiac malformations.

E. Albert Reece, the vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, discussed the biologic development of diabetes-induced birth defects as well as potential clinical interventions and prevention strategies at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute as part of the Eric Shullman Distinguished Public Lecture Series.

Reece is the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. He has extensive publications in scientific literature, including 12 books including revisions, 5 monographs, and more than 500 articles, chapters, and abstracts.

His research team focuses on diabetes in pregnancy, with specific focus on the bio-molecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects. They have determined there are specific architectural changes at the epithelial level of the cell associated with these irregularities, and are performing clinical research for fetal diagnosis and prevention applications.

During his presentation, Reece discussed the “biologic road map” on diabetic embryopathy and shared his findings on cell signaling and clinical care.

Reece is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and currently serves on its Committee on Preventative Services for Women as well as the Committee to Review Omics-Based Tests for Predicting Outcomes in Clinical Trials.

He is a recipient of the David E. Rogers Award, given by The Association of American Medical Colleges to a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health of the nation.

Reece received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University and his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine. He received his postdoctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies and his M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine.

Written by Logan Quesenbery

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