Obstetrician-gynecologist Catherine Chappell wants more drugs studied in pregnant women – Chemical & Engineering News

Last Updated on July 19, 2020 by

Hometown: Odessa, Texas

Current position: Assistant professor; obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences; University of Pittsburgh

Education/Degrees: BA, Biology and Chemistry, Southwestern University, 2003; MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 2007; MSc, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Professional highlights: Conducting the first prospective study of hepatitis C treatment in pregnant women

Biggest challenge with this trial: “Recruitment. We recruited for 2 years and got nine patients.”

Best professional advice received: “Be flexible, and allow yourself to be drawn to the most interesting and impactful science.”

One drug you wish was better studied in pregnancy: “Coffee! Many of my pregnant patients quit coffee cold turkey. The data around caffeine and risks of miscarriage or low birth weight in infants is mixed. I wish we had better data, so pregnant women wouldn’t have to live without coffee without a solid reason.”

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, and an occasional triathlon

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