Kelle Moley, MD, the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected president of the Society of Gynecologic Investigation (SGI).
The SGI is an international society that aims to inspire investigation of global problems in women’s reproductive health through achievements in discovery, transferring new knowledge and training future scholars.
Moley, also a professor of cell biology and physiology, additionally is vice chair and director of basic science research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
She is one of a handful of people in the world studying how maternal obesity as well as type 1 and type 2 diabetes affect the implantation and development of mouse embryos, which could provide insight into the pregnancy outcomes of these diseases in humans.
Her work has established that short-term exposure to high concentrations of glucose or insulin during the first 72 hours after fertilization can alter development and result in an increase of congenital malformations, miscarriages and long- term effects on the offspring.
Moley also is co-director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science, director of the fellowship program in reproductive endocrinology and program director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program.
Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.