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Inherited Reproductive Disorders Study

The Molecular Basis of Inherited Reproductive Disorders

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The goal of this study is to learn more about the body’s regulation of puberty and reproduction. Scientists will study people who have an abnormality in certain hormone levels, which may result in specific differences in fetal development, irregular timing of puberty, or abnormal fertility.

Who Can Participate?

  • Began early puberty before age 7.
  • Had late or no puberty by age 14.
  • Had normal puberty with low hormone levels.

You may enroll at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; or your local doctor’s office.

What Is Required?

  • Completing online medical questionnaires.
  • Providing a detailed family history.
  • Taking a scratch-and-sniff smell test.
  • Giving a blood sample or, in some cases, a saliva sample.
  • Completing a one-time visit at a study location or your doctor’s office.

Who Is Running the Study?

A team, led by Janet Hall, M.D., and Natalie Shaw, M.D., at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Clinical Research Unit.

Lead Researchers

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

Tel 984-287-3647
janet.hall@nih.gov
Learn More About Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S. is an internationally known clinician and clinical researcher. She received her Masters of Medical Sciences in exercise physiology and her M.D. and Internal Medicine training at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She completed her training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She had continuous NIH extramural grant funding until moving to the NIEHS intramural program in 2015. Hall was elected to the Association of American Physicians in recognition of her contributions to both the science and academics of medicine and, as a leader in the field, is a former President of the Endocrine Society.

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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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