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Made up of five clinical centers, the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium is investigating the short- and long-term safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in teens. Meet the primary investigators of the research team:
Thomas Inge, MD, PhDSurgical director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for TeensDirector, Center for Bariatric Research and InnovationCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Meg H. Zeller, PhDStaff psychologistCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Todd Jenkins, PhDDeputy director, Data Coordinating CenterCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Mary Brandt, MDSurgical director, Adolescent Bariatric SurgeryChief, Colorectal ClinicTexas Children’s Hospital
Marc Michalsky, MDSurgical director, Center for Healthy Weight and NutritionNationwide Children’s Hospital
Anita Courcoulas, MDChief, Section of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General SurgeryUniversity of Pittsburgh Physicians
Made up of five clinical centers, the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium is investigating the short- and long-term safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in teens. Meet the members of the research team:
Jennifer Barrett, BA is a research coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Jennifer works with Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, and the other surgeons involved with the Teen-LABS study. She also works in conjunction with ancillary study coordinators.
Eleanor Shirley, MA is one of the site coordinators for Teen-LABS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She works with Anita Courcoulas, MD on studies related to outcomes after bariatric surgery.
David Allen, MHE is a research coordinator for the Teen-Labs site at Texas Children’s Hospital based in Houston, TX. He assists Dr. Mary Brandt by collecting critical data from the adolescent bariatric patients during their pre-operative and post-operative evaluations.
Karen Carter, CCRC is the site coordinator for the Teen-LABS study at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Karen works with Marc Michalsky, MD on the parent Teen-LABS study and coordinates various ancillary studies.
Beverly Haynes, MSN, RN, CPN is the research coordinator and pediatric nurse at Children’s of Alabama (COA) in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been a member of the Teen-LABS team since its very beginning and still follows the Teen-LABS participants that are now into their post-operative lives. Beverly worked closely with Dr. Mac Harmon to set up the Teen-LABS study, recruit participants, and collect pertinent data for several years at COA and now assists Dr. Mike Chen with patient follow-up.
Rosemary (Rosie) Miller, RN, CCRC is the Clinical Research Manager and Central Study Coordinator for Teen-LABS Study based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She works with Dr. Ralph Buncher and the DCC as well as Dr. Inge on all aspects of the Teen-LABS Study. Miller oversees the five sites conducting the Teen-LABS study, works on the Adjudication and International Registry for Hypothalamic Obesity (IRHOD) Registry projects as well as the Ancillary and Publication proposals.
Ralph Buncher, Sc.D. is the Director of the Data Coordinating Center with responsibilities for the data handling and biostatistical analysis of the results. He is also Professor (emeritus) of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati where he has previously run data centers for five different multi-center clinical trials.
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