Women wanted for new Blacktown Hospital hormone study

25 Jan 2017

Why do women gain weight after menopause? That’s the question researchers from Blacktown Hospital are currently exploring – but they need help from local women to continue their work.

Clinical trials manager Navneeta Ready said the study, led by Dr Vita Birzniece, was exploring the effect of a commonly used medication called Letrozole on the burning of fat in the body.

Researchers from Blacktown Hospital are on the hunt for healthy post-menopausal women, aged 50 – 70 years, with normal weight and no history of liver or kidney disease, cancer, diabetes or any other endocrine disorders to participate in a study

“When we get older, especially around menopause, it starts to get more difficult to lose weight,” she said.

“We think this inability to shed fat relates to changes in hormonal interaction after menopause.

“So, we are using Letrozole to investigate the metabolic consequences of reducing the female hormone estrogen; this will give us a better understanding of how estrogen controls growth hormone secretion and the use of fat in the liver.”

Women willing to participate in the research would need to attend the Western Sydney University Research Centre at Blacktown Hospital twice over a two-week period.

Interested participants must also attend an initial screening visit.

The screening, which lasts only an hour, involves a thorough explanation of the trial, along with routine blood work to check a person’s suitability.

If women are suitable, they will then need to attend the centre for the two sessions.

Parking and meal vouchers will be provided.

For more information about recruitment, contact Navneeta Reddy on 9851 6152
or email Navneeta.Reddy@health.nsw.gov.au