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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:
Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Consortium Primary Investigators
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:
Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Consortium Team Members
Cynthia Spikes is a Site Coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cynthia works closely with Thomas Inge, M.D., Ph.D., and the other surgeons involved with the Teen-LABS study. She also works in conjunction with ancillary study coordinators.
April Carr, BS is a Site Coordinator for Teen-LABS at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. April works with Thomas Inge, MD PhD, as well as other surgeons on the Teen-LABS study and related studies. All of these NIH studies are related to outcomes after bariatric surgery.
Lindsey Shaw, MS is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Teen-LABS at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to conducting research visits with study participants, she also works with Dr. Michael Helmrath and Ms. Rosie Miller on the Teen-LABS Adjudication project. Lindsey has also coordinates the International Registry for Hypothalamic Obesity (IRHOD) Registry.
Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff, MA is the Central Retention Coordinator for the Teen-LABS Study. She works with the DCC, Meg Zeller, PhD and Jennie Noll, PhD to assist the PI’s and coordinators at all of the Teen-LABS sites to assure all are utilizing retention strategies for their cohort as they transition into adulthood.
Angela Turo, BS 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, including the adult-focused LABS
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.
Tawny Wilson Boyce, MS, MPH is a Biostatistician/Epidemiologist I at
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She
earned a dual Master’s degree from Tufts University in 2011 focusing on
epidemiology, nutrition, and obesity.
Tawny works with the Data Coordinating Center with the management of
data and the biostatistical analysis of the results.
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