Clinical Research

For more information on current clinical research protocols, please visit Ongoing Clinical Trials

Our clinical research translates laboratory breakthroughs into therapies and our physicians are involved in a variety of clinical research protocols directly aimed at improving treatment options and outcomes for our pediatric patients. For example, clinical research conducted by our faculty has led to better treatment for premature infants with lung disease and improved outcomes for childhood cancer, and has advanced non-surgical therapy for problems that used to require open heart operations. 

We also have faculty members working in the areas of outcomes research and health services research, with the goal of improving health care by helping to improve understanding of the strengths and limitations of current therapies and how they might best be applied. Researchers in our department have formed one of the few units in the country dedicated to pediatric health services research and have conducted studies that have helped to shape health care policy at the state and national level. 

The Department of Pediatrics' clinical research is integrated within the School of Medicine's CTSA and is led by Dr. Gary Shaw, Associate Chair Clinical Research, and members of the Department's Research Advisory Committee. More detail is available at Research by Division and Labs.

Clinical Trial Resources

Stanford Clinical Trials

Stanford clinician scientists are engaged in a wide variety of clinical trials investigating new approaches to preventing and treating conditions and diseases. The variety of therapies being studied range from new pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices to behavioral and biotechnology therapies. These trials are done in close collaboration with scientists and physicians from many areas of expertise across Stanford University. To insure the highest ethical standards are maintained the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for oversight of all studies.

National Clinical Trials, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials

The U.S. National Institutes of Health National Cancer Center offers search services to find trials that are currently accepting patients, results of trials, educational materials, and information for research teams.

Stanford Cancer Center

The clinician scientists of the Stanford Cancer Center are engaged in more than 250 clinical trials, investigating a broad spectrum of new diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies.

Center Watch

The mission of Center Watch is to be the leading source of news, directories, analysis, and proprietary market research for clinical research professionals and patients. CenterWatch is committed to providing patients and their advocates information on clinical trials, specific drugs, as well as other essential health and educational resources.