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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Joins Multi-Center NIH-Sponsored Study to Assess the Risks and Benefits of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents

COLUMBUS, OH - 5/28/2008

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been selected as one of only five institutions nationally to join a multi-institution clinical research study to understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery in adolescents.

This observational study called Teen-LABS (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery) is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this investigation is to identify changes in obesity-related health risks in the morbidly obese adolescent population and to compare outcomes to the more traditional adult population undergoing similar surgical intervention. Additional goals of this research are to determine the potential impact on psychosocial impairments related to severe obesity. 

“As one of the most comprehensive and well established childhood weight reduction programs in the United States, we are honored to have been chosen to participate in this extremely important NIH-sponsored study,” said Marc Michalsky, MD, surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital who will lead the study at Nationwide Children’s. 

Adolescents participating in this clinical research study will visit the Clinical Research Services research facility at Nationwide Children’s four times over a span of two years to complete questionnaires, provide blood and urine samples and to have body measurements recorded.

Clinical Research Services, a one-stop, comprehensive resource for investigators conducting clinical and translational research, will be providing the research support and clinical resources for this study.

“Our goal for Clinical Research Services at Nationwide Children’s is to provide every investigator interested in performing clinical or translational research all of the needed support to safely and successfully perform and publish their research,” said William E. Smoyer, MD, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Nationwide Children’s. 

Teen-LABS is being conducted in parallel with a study designed to examine similar outcomes in adult patients undergoing bariatric surgical treatment. By comparing features of adolescent and adult bariatric surgery patients, research could help clarify medical and psychological health outcomes of bariatric surgery. This comparison could lead to better decision-making regarding appropriate timing of surgery for young Americans whose health is increasingly threatened by extreme obesity. 

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