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Transgender research clinical trial

Are you about to start gender transition?
Or, are you interested in getting involved as a healthy volunteer?

About this study

If you are about to start gender transition with hormone therapy (or a health volunteer not undergoing transition) you may be eligible to take part in a clinical research study. We are studying the changes that occur with hormone therapy on bone, fat, muscle and cardiovascular risk. The study involves:

  • questionnaires
  • bloods tests, and
  • two scans (DXA/body composition and a bone CT).

We are looking for people who are:

  • aged 18 years or older
  • about to start gender transition
  • otherwise fit and healthy
  • not previously on gender affirming hormone therapy
  • no previously diagnosed bone disease such as osteoporosis
  • willing to attend 5 visits over 2 years.

We are also looking for healthy volunteers (who are not undergoing gender transition)

If you choose to take part, you will be looked after by an experienced study team who will carefully monitor your health. You will continue to take any current medications.

Contact us

For more information please contact:

Dr Ingrid Bretherton

Phone: 03 9496 2486


This study has been approved by the Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee: HREC17Austin74