Gene Mapping of PCOS Study

Study Type

Women's Health

Study Purpose

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical, along with Northwestern University in Chicago, are conducting the Gene Mapping of PCOS research study to identify which genes, among women of different races, may influence the development of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormonal disorder.

Symptoms of PCOS can include irregular menstrual cycles, trouble becoming pregnant and weight gain. PCOS is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and is the most common reason why women have problems becoming pregnant. Scientists at Pennington Biomedical are seeking African American women to enroll in this research study to determine which genes may influence the cause of PCOS.

About the Study

The Gene Mapping of PCOS research study will observe and collect data in order to obtain genetic information. Participants will visit Pennington Biomedical Research Center for one study visit that will last approximately two hours.

Participants will complete short questionnaires and undergo a blood test in the Pennington Biomedical Clinic.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 study visit (approximately 2 hours in length)


  • Blood test
  • Body measurements (height, weight)
  • Questionnaires
  • Vital Signs (blood pressure and pulse)

Study Qualifications

To qualify, participants in this study should:

  • Be female, ages 18 - 40 years old
  • Be African American
  • Have 8 periods or less per year OR be diagnosed with PCOS
  • Not be pregnant

Study Duration

1 study visit to the Pennington Biomedical Clinic (approximately 2 hours in length)


Total compensation for the completion of this study is $50.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for the Gene Mapping of PCOS research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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