Clinical and translational research are strategic priorities for The Research Institute and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children’s are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient’s bedside.
Nationwide Children’s Clinical Research Services expert staff is committed to providing high quality care to research volunteers and their families participating in research studies. Inpatient clinical research services currently are available at Nationwide Children's Hospital and at The Ohio State University Clinical Research Center, located within 15 minutes of Nationwide Children’s.
Nationwide Children's Hospital has received full accreditation as an organization that demonstrates and emphasizes clinical study participant safeguards that surpass state and federal requirements.
The history of research at Nationwide Children’s dates back to the hospital’s inception in 1892. Notable clinical research programs over the years have included the study of rhinoviruses as the agent of the common cold; microvolume techniques for blood testing, especially in small, premature infants; the development of an infant pulmonary function testing device; and most recently, the first human gene therapy trial for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Other innovative research poised to move toward clinical studies in children include a potential vaccine for ear infections; a vaccine to prevent RSV and hepatitis C infection; and further understanding into the mechanisms of autism spectrum disorders.
Center for Clinical and Translational Research