P. Kaitlyn Edelson, MD, a Vincent fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is studying pathways that trigger labor, specifically pre-term labor. She is leading a new study examining how placental DNA fragments called telomeres shorten as a woman approaches her due date. This shortening appears to be one of the triggers that starts labor. By better understanding how telomeres shorten in term and pre-term labor, we can begin to target interventions to stop this process; working to prevent pre-term births. In endocrinology clinical research, she is studying risk factors and early diagnosis of gestational diabetes.