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The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology has been and continues to be actively involved in a variety of research endeavors. Clinical investigations presently ongoing include; determining if children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) have smaller pituitary volumes than children who are not growth hormone deficient, and to determine if pituitary volume correlates with growth factor secretion. Additionally, we have received a grant from Tercica to be one of 20 investigators in the United States who are investigating IGF1 therapy in short children. Another study we are currently undertaking is to determine what factors lead to obesity in children and adolescents in the United Stated. The results of this study will be used to conduct an international study determining what factors lead to obesity in other countries. We are also conducting a cutting-edge investigation, which is funded by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, to determine what hormonal factors allow children who are born Small for Gestational Age (SGA) to catch up to their peers in terms of growth versus those who do not. We hope to be the first investigational group who cracks this long-standing mystery! There are also New York State Funded programs, such as the Lead Poisoning State-Funded Project (over $200,000 per year), a Newborn Screening project ($20,000 a year), and soon to be initiated 10 week Weight Management Program for obese children and young adults. All contribute to our service to the community.


 


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