In 2018, Oliver Richards received funding to carry out research into gestational diabetes at Swansea University.
What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Although this usually disappears after giving birth, the condition is linked to a higher risk of complications during birth as well as a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for both the mother and child later on in life.
How will this research make a difference?
The risks of gestational diabetes can be reduced if it is detected early and well managed. Oliver hopes to develop a quicker, cheaper and more informative test for diagnosing gestational diabetes. In the future, this could reduce the time and cost of diagnosis, and help to personalise future treatments for women with gestational diabetes.