Center for Pediatric Clinical Research

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Research is:

  • To provide children safe, effective, ethical and reliable evaluation of pharmaceuticals and devices in a caring environment.
  • To provide investigators with an efficient infrastructure, committed research staff and operational expertise to recruit, perform and manage clinical trials.
  • To provide sponsors with quality data in compliance with applicable federal regulations in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • To provide research team members an environment to grow and excel in their field through educational, networking and training opportunities.

Program Assets

  • Centralized clinical trials office and services
  • Access to large, diverse pediatric population and active database
    – Rady Children’s provides care to more than 155,000 children annually
    – More than 222,000 outpatient and specialty clinic visits annually
    – Patients are ethnic-diverse and range in age from neonate to 18 years
  • More than 700 children enrolled in clinical trials
    – High enrollment and retention rate
  • More than 35 pediatric subspecialties
    – San Diego’s largest pediatric specialty medical group
    – Specializing in medical and surgical care of neonatal, pediatric, and adolescent and maternal/fetal patient
  • More than 90 pediatric specialty physician investigators
    – Board-certified or board-eligible in their specialties
    – Experienced clinical trial investigators in anesthesiology, allergy/immunology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, craniofacial surgery, dermatology, gastroenterology, genetics, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, intensive care, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology, psychiatry, rheumatology, trauma and urology
  • Multiple research settings
    Outpatient, inpatient and community research settings, including 28 satellite locations throughout the county
  • Long-standing proven partnerships
    – Collaboration with University of California, San Diego
    – Member of Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit network (PPRU)
    – Member of Children’s Oncology Group network (COG)
  • Child-friendly environment
    – Child-appropriate devices, equipment and facilities
    – Healing gardens, playrooms, child life specialists and a full-time teacher
    – A philosophy of family-centered care which invites families to be part of the research process
    – Family Resource Center, a 1,400 square-foot space that includes showers, sleeping, eating and quiet areas for families
    – Ronald McDonald House, adjacent to Rady Children’s, available to families whose children are undergoing tests or treatment
    – Canine Care Therapy with dogs making about 12,000 bedside visits annually
    – A McDonald’s restaurant in the Rose Pavilion lobby