Children in Clinical Trials

If you are considering enrolling your child in a clinical trial you may have many questions. The information on this page is intended to answer those questions.

Up until the last decade, children have often been given medicines and treatments based on what was known to work in adults. Because of this, much is still unknown about how children respond to drugs, some biologics (such as gene therapy), and medical devices.

Research in children has helped to save lives and improve health. Children no longer suffer from many common childhood diseases like polio, measles or the flu as they did in the past. Therapy for childhood cancers and premature babies has improved survival and quality of life for children.

The information in the links provided to you here will give you a better understanding of what you and your child can expect while participating in clinical trials. They will answer many of the questions you may have.

In addition to the information provided here we also encourage you to discuss your questions with your child’s physician and because the choice to participate in a clinical trial is often a family matter we would invite you to include them in the discussion.