Workshop: Review of methods for determining pubertal status ShareThis


Puberty has a significant impact on both mental and physical health, and therefore cross-sectional and cohort studies are increasingly interested in assessment of pubertal status. Currently there are limited acceptable methods used for reliably assessing puberty in boys and girls. The MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton is undertaking a project to summarise and evaluate the literature on pubertal assessment methodologies.

The MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton is hosting a workshop, funded by CLOSER and the Society for Social Medicine to present their initial findings, generate discussion and learn from the expertise and experiences of the workshop delegates. The day will consist of four short talks from experts, with plenty of time for discussion and a ‘snowballing’ activity to gain consensus and represent the range of views at the workshop.


Provisional Programme:

10.30 Registration, tea and coffee

11.00 – 11.30 Welcome and introductions. Preliminary findings of the review of pubertal assessment methods. Clare Smith, Paediatric Aademic Clinical Fellow, Janis Baird, Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Southampton.

11.30 – 12.00 Tim Cole, Professor of Medical Statistics, University College London. Assessing growth to determine the timing of puberty

12.00 – 12.30 David Dunger, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge. Metabolic approaches to pubertal assessment

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch (provided)

13.15 – 13.45 Justin Davies, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, University Hospital Southampton. Clinical approaches to pubertal assessment.

13.45 – 14.45 ‘Snowballing’ activity ‘what are the most important factors to consider in approaching pubertal assessment? How feasible are the approaches suggested by the review?’

14.45 – 15.00 Tea and coffee

15.00 – 15.45 Defining some of the detail – breakout groups to allow people to discuss areas in more detail e.g. pubertal onset, pubertal staging, pubertal progress, completion of puberty

15.45 – 16.30 Feedback and group discussion – recommendations arising from review findings and breakout group discussions

16.30 Close

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Places are free but limited to 30.