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Do you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Please note: we have met our recruitment goal for this study and are no longer enrolling new participants. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the study!

If so, we are inviting you to join a unique study conducted by UBC endocrinologist Dr. Jerilynn Prior. The study aims to determine if women with Anovulatory Androgen Excess (AAE) - also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - share a genetic link to people who have an eye condition called aniridia.

What is AAE/PCOS?

AAE/PCOS is a metabolic syndrome that affects many women and is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Most commonly. women with AAE/PCOS have problems with their menstrual cycle, tend to gain weight easily (especially around the waist) and may have certain hair and skin problems.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible for this study if you are a woman who:

  • Is age 19 older and still menstruating
  • Has been diagnosed with or told she probably has PCOS

What will I be asked to do?

  • Visit our office (at VGH) for an hour-long interview session
  • Give a small blood sample
  • Meet with an oppthalmologist for a complete eye exam

How will I benefit from participating?

Each woman will receive a free full eye exam from a licensed ophthalmologist, a service not covered by the Medical Services Plan.

Who should I contact?

For more information or to participate, please contact Dr. Sheela Mistry at:


The study is funded by the UBC Sharon Stewart Research Grant.


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