Soft Tissue and Bone Development in Young Girls
What is this research about?
This research is about the prevention of osteoporosis (porous and fragile bones). After the age of 50, one in two women will develop osteoporosis. By comparison, one in four men will go on to develop osteoporosis after the age of 50.
Females between the ages of 9 and 12 will experience rapid changes in growth and development. During this period, both soft tissue (i.e. muscle and fat) and bone are constantly changing as part of physical maturation. Previous studies have suggested that changes in soft tissue may negatively affect bone development in young girls.
What is the goal of this study?
The goal of this study is to determine how changes in body composition affect the way bones develop by looking at the role body composition plays in regulating the body’s blood sugar and inflammation, which are both important in bone development.
Reimbursement will also be given to parents or guardians for travel to the University of Arizona for study-related appointments. You will receive free information about your daughter’s physical growth and bone development for participating. There is no obligation to enroll in the study. Additionally, study participants may withdraw from the study at any time. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay in the lab during measurements and can be present with children during all measurements.
Scott Going, Ph.D.
For more information, please contact
Karen Dickeson, Administrative Assistant
Vinson Lee, MS, Program Coordinator
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Institute of Child Health and
Human Development (NICHD)
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.