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Body Weight & Puberty Study

Investigating the Impact of Obesity on Pubertal Development in Girls

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Do Overweight Girls Start Puberty Too Soon?

Girls seem to be going through puberty a lot earlier these days. Doctors think it may be related to body weight. Are you concerned that your daughter is overweight and may start puberty too soon?

Who Can Participate?

  • Healthy girls aged 8-14
  • Have not had their first period
  • Overweight

What Is Required?

  • Physical exam, blood and urine tests, an ultrasound, and a hand X-ray
  • 2-4 visits to Wake Radiology or the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, N.C
  • A parent must give permission and come with daughter to all visits
  • Study participants will be paid

Who Is Running the Study?

  • The Body Weight & Puberty Study is conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lead Researcher

Natalie D. Shaw, M.D., MMSc.

Natalie D. Shaw, M.D., MMSc.

Tel 984-287-3716
natalie.shaw@nih.gov
Learn More About Natalie D. Shaw, M.D., MMSc.

Natalie D. Shaw, M.D., M.M.Sc. received a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and a Masters in Medical Sciences (MMSc) from Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, and a clinical research fellowship in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In 2015, Shaw was one of five junior researchers selected as a Lasker Clinical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health. The Lasker program is a joint partnership between the NIH and the Lasker Foundation designed to support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers. Its goal is to promote the development of physician-scientists as they transition to fully independent positions. When Shaw joined NIEHS in September 2015, she became the first Lasker Scholar in the history of the institute.

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