The Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation (CBRI) has a long history of successes in the field of obesity research and is co-directed by Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS and Todd Jenkins, PhD.

Dr. Helmrath is a pediatric surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and intestinal rehabilitation. He is the co-investigator on many projects focused on obesity and adolescent bariatric surgery, including the multi-center NIH-sponsored Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Adolescents undergoing Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium funded in 2006.

Dr. Jenkins is a research associate professor of surgery with experience in statistical and data management center operations. He has collaborated on a number of research initiatives in a variety of settings and has years of experience working within data coordinating centers for multiple, multi-center (U.S. and international) NIH-funded clinical trials and observational investigations. He is currently the co-director of the Data Coordinating Center for the Teen-LABS consortium.

The center is participating in a long and growing list of collaborative studies, including:

  • Follow-Up Adolescent Bariatric Surgery (FABS) - 2004-2014
  • Adolescent Gastric Bypass and Diabetic Precursors (IVGTT) - 2005-2009
  • Pediatric Obesity Tissue Repository (POTR) - 2005-present
  • Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) - 2006-present    
  • Follow-Up Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at 5 years Postop (FABS5+) - 2010-2014
  • International Registry for Hypothalamic Obesity Disorders (IRHOD) - 2011-2017
  • Validation of Circulating Endothelial Cells and Microparticles in Youth (Kelly Bariatric) - 2013-2015
  • A pilot prospective study of bile acid physiology before and after vertical sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgery in adolescents. (Kohli—BAVSG) - 2013-2015
  • Thermic Effect of Food and Endocrine Responses Following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in Adolescence (Teen-TEF) - 2013-present
  • More than 60 collaborations/ancillary studies

As part of the Teen-LABS study, the center partners with five other adolescent bariatric centers (University of Colorado Denver, Nationwide Children’s, Columbus Ohio,  McGee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX  and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) to lead the national effort to prospectively gather data and publish evidence-based recommendations for use of weight loss surgery in adolescents in the Teen-LABS study.