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Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks

The Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) consortium is made up of six clinical centers and a data coordinating center. Teen-LABS is built upon the framework constructed by the LABS consortium, a group of surgeons, physicians and scientists dedicated to study of adult bariatric surgical outcomes.

The goal of Teen-LABS is to facilitate coordinated clinical, epidemiological and behavioral research in the field of adolescent bariatric surgery, through the cooperative development of common clinical protocols and a bariatric surgery database that will collect information from participating clinical centers performing bariatric surgery on teenagers.

Teen-LABS will help pool the necessary clinical expertise and administrative resources to facilitate the conduct of multiple clinical studies in a timely, efficient manner. Also, the use of standardized definitions, shared clinical protocols and data-collection instruments will enhance investigators' ability to provide meaningful evidence-based recommendations for patient evaluation, selection and follow-up care.

In addition to investigating surgical outcomes, another broader goal of Teen-LABS is to better understand the etiology, pathophysiology and behavioral aspects of severe obesity in youth and how this condition affects human beings over time.

The consortium was funded in June 2006 under a cooperative agreement (U01) by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The Teen-LABS consortium members include: