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Research Study For Females With Restrictive Eating Behaviors

The Neuroendocrine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital is currently enrolling 16 to 26-year-old girls and young women.

Posted at the request of the researchers

This is a four-year study that takes place in Boston, MA USA. For details click here.

We would like to tell you about a research study for which you or your daughter may be eligible to participate. The Neuroendocrine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital is currently enrolling 16 to 26-year-old girls and young women. We are recruiting females who are not currently having regular monthly menstrual cycles due to eating behaviors or exercise activity. We are hoping to better understand the relationships between estrogen levels, cognitive functioning, and eating disorder symptoms.

Over the course of four separate study visits over 3 months, we will measure eating attitudes and behaviors, mental flexibility, and responsiveness to reward before and after receiving 12 weeks of an estrogen supplement or 12 weeks of placebo. We hope that information gained through this study will help develop more specific and targeted treatment for those suffering from eating disorders.

Our research team is seeking anyone who is interested in helping us explore eating behaviors. And anyone who wants to see a picture of her brain!

Specifics:

Age: 16 – 26-year-old girls

Subjects:

  • Those with restrictive eating or athletic young woman
  • Have had fewer than 3 periods in the past 6 months
  • Not currently taking any form of birth control

Visits: A screening visit followed by a baseline visit, 8 and 12 week follow up visits 3-5 hours each

Compensation: Up to $500

If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact the study nurse practitioner, Meghan Slattery, at 617-643-0267 or [email protected].  You can also visit the website at www.ANEresearch.com/react-study.  Participation is voluntary. Whether or not you participate will have no effect on the medical care that you receive.

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