Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Peak Bone Mass
A study for 14-22 year old females with Anorexia Nervosa
No Longer Accepting Volunteers
Study Aim


Our goal is to determine whether a combination of estrogen (a hormone that has been proven to prevent bone loss) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (a hormone that increases bone formation) improves bone density in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa. 


This is a 12-month treatment study.


Study Visits
Total Compensation up to $910
Baseline, 6 Month, and 12 Month Visits: 
completed at MGH


  • History, Physical & Bloodwork

  • Bone Density Scan

  • Hormone Evaluation

  • Peripheral CT Scan (wrist and leg)

  • MRI (optional)

$90 compensation for each visit

Visit length: 3 hours


1.5, 3, 4.5, 7.5, 9 and 10.5 Month Visits:
completed offsite or at MGH


  • History, Physical & Bloodwork only

Many participants choose to complete these visits at their PCP's office, a nearby lab, or their Student Health Center.


$90 compensation for each visit

Visit length: 30 minutes

© 2013 MGH Adolescent Neuroendocrine Unit.

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