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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, PhDInterim director, Data Coordinating CenterCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Mary Brandt, MDSurgical director, Adolescent Bariatric SurgeryChief, Colorectal ClinicTexas Children’s Hospital
Mac Harmon, MD, PhDChildren’s Health System
Marc Michalsky, MDSurgical director, Center for Healthy Weight and NutritionNationwide Children’s Hospital
Anita Courcoulas, MDUniversity 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.
Jessie Eagleton, MPH has been a member of the Teen-LABS team at Pittsburgh since 2008. In addition to Teen-LABS, she is also involved in the adult-focused LABS study. Jessie works with closely with Anita Courcoulas, MD and other Pittsburgh surgeons on these and a range of other studies related to outcomes after bariatric surgery with a particular interest in the surgical treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
Lindsay Lee, MS, RD, LDN, is one of the site coordinators for Teen-LABS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She works with Anita Courcoulas, MD, as well as other surgeons in the practice on several projects investigating bariatric surgical outcomes. She has a special interest in adolescents and values the opportunity to work on such important research involving this unique patient population.
Margaret Lee, MPH is the Senior Research Coordinator for the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program (ABSP) at Texas Children’s Hospital. Margaret earned a MPH focusing on obesity prevention, nutrition, and exercise from the UT-Houston School of Public Health in 2005. Margaret works with Mary Brandt, MD along with David Allen, to coordinate the Teen-LABS and the associated ancillary studies, as well as the local research endeavors for the ABSP.
David Allen, BS is a research coordinator for the Teen-Labs site at Texas Children’s Hospital based in Houston, TX. He, along with Margaret Lee, 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.
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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