Pediatric Surgery Clinical Research

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.

To see current Pediatric Surgery research studies being conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital, search the options below.

Help Researchers Learn About the Relationship Between Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis

What’s the purpose of the study?

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are studying the components of breast milk to see if it prevents or has an impact on the effects of necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease of the intestines that can cause babies to become critically ill.

Who can take part in this study?

You can participate if you are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 40
  • Currently pregnant or delivered a baby in the last 4 months

What will happen during the study?

Participants will be asked to donate a minimum of 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of breast milk every week for as long as they are willing and able. Donation tubes will be provided.

Will we be paid for the study?

Yes. Participants will receive $5 per sample donated. 

For more information or to enroll, call Nitin Sajankila at (732) 343-2400 or email

Principal Investigator: Gail E. Besner, MD
Get information on other clinical trials here
Learn more about a secure place for volunteers and researchers here