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Mary Loeken Part 8, What Would You Like To Accomplish

In part 8, the conclusion of this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Mary Loeken talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, CA about her dreams for future accomplishments in her research.

Mary Loeken, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve: If you could have your druthers in your research, and be very successful, and win the Nobel Prize, what would you like to accomplish?

Dr. Loeken: I would like in this particular area to be able to say OK there is this one switch that we know causes a cascade of events in response to high glucose. If we can block that switch without having any other adverse effects, that would be an additional piece of security that we could give to women during their pregnancies. Experimentally, we do have some drugs that we can use that will block the effects of high glucose, but you wouldn’t want to treat a woman prophylactically with those drugs because they might have adverse effects of their own.

Steve: I see, if there is a pill that could prevent neural tube deficiencies, people would eat what they wanted and wouldn’t be so concerned with their blood sugars if they knew they didn’t have to keep them low.

Dr. Loeken: I am hoping the women will do the best they can, but as I say, our best technology does not get glucose levels to the embryo as close to normal as not having diabetes. So just that extra ability to provide the better environment to the embryo.

Steve: I want to thank you for your time, and enjoy the rest of your time in sunny San Diego and thanks again.

Dr. Loeken: Thank you.

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