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Clinical Trials

The UCLA Gender Health Program supports a number of clinical trials and educational opportunities.

Clinical trials are an important step in discovering new medical treatments. Each study is conducted with actual patients and is designed to answer scientific questions and to find new and better ways to provide care for our transgender and gender diverse patients. The following UCLA clinical trials are currently open for enrollment:

The UCLA Gender Journey Project

The UCLA Gender Journey Project is a research study that helps us learn more about growing up as a gender diverse youth. If your child identifies as gender diverse or transgender, is at least 6 years old, and is not yet in puberty, your child may be eligible. UCLA Principal Investigator: Marco Hidalgo, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA. For more information: Call 310-794-2527 or Email [email protected].

Family Therapy Study

Study title: UCLA Study on Family Therapy for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth Ages 12-25 and Their Families

  • Study Description: The research team aims to create a new version of family-focused therapy that helps families understand youths’ gender identity, communicate more easily, and reduce stress.
  • UCLA Principal investigator: Natalia Ramos, MD and David Miklowitz, PhD, UCLA Department of Psychiatry
  • UCLA IRB approval: IRB#21-001033
  • Contact information: Call (310) 794-5269 or email [email protected]

My Microbes & Me

Study title: My Microbes & Me

  • Study Description: We’re conducting a voluntary research study with healthy young people, where we’re looking at how the good microbes in the gut and other parts of the body change as you grow and develop, and how hormones may change these microbes. The study lasts 2 ½ years, and includes providing samples, answering questions about what you eat and things you do, measuring height, weight, blood pressure, and body changes, and getting information from your medical record.
  • UCLA Principal investigator: Grace Aldrovandi, M.D., UCLA Department of Pediatrics
  • UCLA IRB approval: IRB#17-000136
  • Contact information: [email protected]

For more information about clinical trials at UCLA:
UCLA Office of Clinical Trials

Educational Opportunities

UCLA Fellowship in Genital Gender-Affirming Surgery 

This one-year fellowship focuses on all aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with gender dysphoria seeking gender-affirming genital surgery.  This is a clinical fellowship with opportunity for research in clinical or population studies. The fellow will practice with faculty primarily at UCLA Urology’s Burbank and Westwood clinics and operate in UCLA’s main Westwood medical center. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the fellow will participate in the multi-disciplinary team of specialists that comprises the UCLA Gender Health Program.  Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be suited to pursue a career in either academic urology or the private sector with a focus on gender-affirming genital surgery.  The fellow will graduate with advanced skills in genitourinary reconstruction for transfeminine and transmasculine surgery and will be fully able to manage medical and surgical issues in patients undergoing primary and revision gender-affirming genital surgery.

LGBTQ Healthcare Fellowship

LGBTQ Healthcare Fellowship Program 2022 – 2023
The objective of the UCLA LGBTQ Healthcare Fellowship is to train future primary care physicians to be sensitive, comfortable, clinically knowledgeable and culturally competent in delivering healthcare to sexual and gender minority patient populations.