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Research and Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a strictly controlled human research study that evaluates new treatments or new and different ways of using known treatments. Depending on the diagnosis, a clinical trial might be the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work.

clinical trialsBefore enrolling your child in a research study, you may want to talk to his or her physician about potential benefits and possible risks. A clinical trial is just one of many treatment options available at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Currently, we have more than 200 active clinical trials.

Many of our clinical trials are listed on, a database of the National Institutes of Health. To find open clinical trials at Rady Children’s, click on the link below and type “Rady Children’s Hospital” and the medical condition in the search box.


We also post clinical trials on our website. To find clinical trials for a particular specialty, click on the specialty from the Programs and Services list, then click on “Research and Clinical Trials” on the left navigation bar.

For more information about clinical trials, read these frequently asked questions.

For more on children and clinical studies, click here.

For information regarding your child’s rights as a research subject, please contact the UC San Diego IRB at or 858-246-4777.

In the News

Nudging Patients into Clinical Trials, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Anthony Magit, M.D.