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Investigate Unethical NIH Study

In 2015, the National Institutes of Health awarded a $5.7 million dollar grant to four pediatric gender clinics for a five-year longitudinal study. The stated goal is to "provide essential, evidence-based information on the physiological and psychosocial impact, as well as safety, of hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones use in this [pediatric] population."

Why is this study harmful?

Since 2015, children in this study have been given risky hormonal treatments. Those in early puberty have been given puberty blockers; older children, cross-sex hormones. These treatments impact bone health, fertility, sexual function,cardiovascular health, and brain development.

In mid-study (in 2017), the minimum age for cross-sex hormone inclusion was decreased from 13 to 8.


This taxpayer-funded study thus involves injecting girls as young as eight years old with testosterone for long-term usage -- a powerful hormone known to harm adult men even with short-term use.

This study has no control group. Fertility and sexual functioning will certainly be impacted, as puberty was artificially stopped at a stage before sperm or egg preservation was possible. This article provides more details.

Can a child meaningfully consent to permanent infertility? Can their parents?

Were these parents fully informed of the health risks before allowing their children to be hormonally treated for five years?

Have informed consent laws been violated?

Why are taxpayers funding a study that causes serious medical harms to children?

The Kelsey Coalition filed a formal urgent request with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) on April 5 calling for an immediate moratorium pending an investigation. Please follow our Action Plan to write to the OHRP to encourage an expeditious response.