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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 280,000 children annually
    – More than 265,000 outpatient and specialty clinic visits annually
    – Patients are ethnic-diverse and range in age from neonate to 18 years
  • More than 890 active clinical trials
    – High enrollment and retention rate
  • Over 40 pediatric subspecialties
  • Over 200 pediatric specialty physician investigators
  • Experienced clinical trial investigators in Allergy/Immunology, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Critical Care, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, General Surgery, Genetics, Gynecology, Hematology-Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Maternal Fetal Medicine/OB, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatric Dentistry, Physical Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Toxicology 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