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Pediatric Research

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

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Better Treatments Are Our Hope, Too

Advancing Breakthroughs to Improve Children's Care

Research at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children improves the health — and health care — of all children. By seeking new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, Nemours is making a difference today and establishing the opportunities to make a difference well into the future.

Involved in pediatric research for more than 70 years, our research program continues to grow in size and scope. Clinical questions about how to best take care of kids always drive our efforts — and our advancing research capability is a critical benefit to the well-being of all the children we see. We’re pursuing answers to those critical questions in children’s health with groundbreaking research in areas such as orthopedic conditions, cancer, asthma, cystic fibrosis and diabetes — to name just a few.

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Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a study that evaluates new medicines, new devices, new treatments or new applications for old treatments. A clinical trial provides participants with the alternative of receiving an experimental medicine, device or treatment by a qualified physician.

Who can participate in a clinical trial at Nemours?

Requirements for participation in a particular clinical trial vary depending on age, gender, general health, present medication and medical history. These requirements help those conducting the trial to answer specific questions about the study medication or device and are reviewed when you inquire about a clinical trial.

Are clinical trials safe?

Clinical trials are supervised by qualified physicians, under the strict guidance of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patient safety is extremely important to the FDA, to those conducting the studies and to everyone here at duPont Hospital for Children.

In a clinical trial, children participating in the study are monitored closely — and families may refuse any aspect of the study treatment or completely stop their child’s participation in the clinical trial at any time.

As part of our commitment to protect the safety and special interests of your child, all research, experimental drugs and devices involving children must follow the strict guidelines of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) — established under the National Research Act of 1974, and other laws and regulations — for the protection of human subjects (people participating in a study).

In 2011, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs awarded full five-year re-accreditation to the Nemours Office of Human Subjects Protection, placing Nemours among fewer than 250 research institutions worldwide that meet the highest standards for assuring the protection of the rights and safety of children who volunteer to participate in research studies conducted across our organization.

How can I get more information about clinical trials?

Find out about current clinical trials at duPont Hospital for Children by calling (302) 651-6800.

To learn more about clinical trials, check out this article, Is a Clinical Trial Right for Your Child?, from Nemours’ experts at

Life-Changing Innovations

Emma's "Magic Arms"

Two-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a rare condition meant she couldn't move her arms. Nemours Researchers used 3-D-printing to create a custom exoskeleton to help her do the things she loves.

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