ADA 2023 NEWS: Leading expert in diabetes and pregnancy receives prestigious ADA award

By Editor
27th June 2023
Gestational diabetes, Pregnancy Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

A professor whose research is changing the management of diabetes in pregnancy has been recognised for her “outstanding contributions” with a top award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Dr Helen Murphy, a Professor of Medicine (Diabetes and Antenatal Care) at the University of East Anglia, was the recipient of the Norbert Freinkel Award as part of ADA’s 2023 Professional Membership Awards.

Dr Murphy received the award to honour her outstanding scientific achievement in the understanding and treatment of diabetes and pregnancy.

Dr Murphy said: “It was a great honour to receive this award and to celebrate the progress that has been made to make diabetes technology accessible to women with type 1 diabetes before and during pregnancy.

“Now we need to focus on improving access to technology for those with early-onset type 2 diabetes.”

Dr Murphy, a practicing clinician at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust and Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust, runs a diabetes pregnancy research programme that supports women with diabetes to achieve the pregnancy glucose targets.

She co-led the CONCEPTT Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) trial, which demonstrated health benefits for mothers with type 1 diabetes and their newborns, as well as the potential for substantial health care cost savings.

Dr Murphy works with a multidisciplinary team of diabetes and obstetric clinicians, engineers, and social scientists to develop and evaluate closed-loop insulin delivery systems, suitable for use during pregnancy. Her work demonstrating that closed-loop systems have the potential to transform the future clinical management of type 1 diabetes pregnancy was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and recognised as a landmark advance in the Nature Milestones in Diabetes.

Dr Murphy also serves as clinical lead for the National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit, which is the largest population-based study in diabetes pregnancy. Data from NPID directly informs national health care policy, highlighting the urgent need to improve glycaemic management in type 2 diabetes pregnancy.

Dr Murphy delivered the Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture on Sunday, June 25 at ADA’s 83rd Scientific Sessions.

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