Nationwide Children’s is an international leader in pediatric research. Our scientists are transforming health in major ways. Currently, Nationwide Children’s is actively involved in more than 1000 clinical research projects. These projects range from small studies that are designed to simply collect information about a disease, to those that investigate the potential new treatments or procedures that are at the forefront of clinical innovation and discovery. Because when searching for a cure, everything matters.
Clinical research takes what scientists discover in the lab and attempts to answer the questions: “Will this work in people?” and “Will this help treat a disease or condition?” Clinical research helps us learn more about health and helps us find better ways to prevent and treat disease and illness.
When you enter Clinical Research Services, located on the 4th floor of Timken Hall at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, you'll see handprints of children who have participated in research studies. These handprints represent the “Children Helping Children Through Research” philosophy and show how children of all ages have volunteered their time to help others who have illnesses similar to their own.
The National Institutes of Health offers more information about children and clinical studies.
A clinical research study is done to see how a specific disease or condition affects people. The research study might be designed to collect data to see what happens to the people who have a disease or condition over a period of time or it might involve providing volunteers with a treatment or therapy to see if it helps the disease or condition.
Children are not miniature adults. As a result, adult treatments may not always work the same way in children. In addition, some conditions only affect children.
Some reasons parents enroll their children into studies include:
To find out more information about research studies being done at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, call Clinical Research Services at (614) 722-2650.
A member of the research staff will ask you a series of questions about your child’s health and schedule an appointment for you and your child to meet with the study doctor to see if your child is eligible to be in the study.
You may contact Clinical Research Services at (614) 722-2650 or visit the Clinical Research Services website.
For concerns regarding clinical research you may contact the Nationwide Children's Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB), a committee that reviews all research involving children and adults, at (614) 722-2708.
Our Obligations to our Patients and our Families
Anyone participating in a research study has the right:
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