Hormone study for overweight girls ages 8 - 16

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Principal Investigator
Christopher McCartney
Melissa Gilrain
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Official Trial Title
Etiological factors of obesity-associated hyperandrogenemia in peripubertal girls (CRM002)
Study Description

The Center for Research in Reproduction seeks overweight girls between the ages of 8 - 16 for a research study. The purpose of the study is to find out why some overweight girls have high levels of a hormone called testosterone. This study may be important to understand how being overweight during puberty may contribute to the eventual development of the hormonal disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

The study involves 3 visits in total- one 2-hour screening visit, one 15-minute outpatient visit, and one 20-hour overnight admission to the Clinical Research Unit. All study visits involve blood draws. Participants will be given an iron supplement to take as a part of the study, as well as insulin and glucose (sugar) as a part of the overnight study procedures.

Study-related exams, tests, and medications are provided free of charge. For more information please contact pcos@virignia.edu