Asthma Clinical Trial

Participants Wanted

Children ages 12-17, who have well-controlled asthma, are wanted in a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of mobile devices in an effort to determine the lowest dosage of medication needed to maintain control.

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Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Clinic Location: 4th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Children with asthma require expert, ongoing care, especially in Central Florida where asthma rates are higher than the national average. At Nemours Children’s Hospital, our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) helps kids with asthma get the diagnosis they need to start treatment — and to advance the science of asthma care so that children everywhere can have better management strategies and happier outcomes.

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Our Team Approach to Asthma

With a complex disease like asthma, testing and care are always improving.

At Nemours, a coordinated team of pediatric specialists from the Division of Allergy & Immunology and the Division of Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine is actively involved in studies to improve best practices and find new treatment options.

Family-Centered Medicine

Our pediatric allergists and pulmonologists are more than just experts — they were selected for their dedication to family-centered medicine, which makes patients and their families key members of the care team.

Other team members and services include:
  • an experienced nurse practitioner
  • respiratory therapists
  • certified asthma educators
  • a discharge process that brings all members of the care team together to focus on family education and seamless follow-up with primary care and specialty providers

For your convenience, some of the very same specialists also extend their care to patients at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations in downtown Orlando, Lake Mary and Melbourne.

The Best Care From Hospital to Home

Whether your child’s asthma symptoms are chronic and severe or mild and infrequent, we’re here to help. Through our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART), we provide truly comprehensive services for children and teens with asthma. We also connect with primary care providers throughout the area to offer complete and seamless asthma care backed by the latest research.

Each Nemours provider, and any additional physician your child sees, is linked by an award-winning electronic health record system that eliminates the need for repetitive testing and unnecessary doctor visits — and helps expedite the right care in an emergency.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

Outpatient Services for Pediatric Asthma
Nemours Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations provide:
  • diagnostics and follow-up care with pediatric asthma specialists
  • consultations with a certified asthma educator at each visit
  • comprehensive lung function testing, including:
    • exercise challenge (assesses how the lungs work during periods of intense activity)
    • spirometry with bronchodilator challenge (measures airflow under conditions that narrow the airways, which are then reversed)
    • impulse oscillometry (measures airway resistance during breathing)
    • plethysmography (assesses lung capacity)
    • bronchoprovocation challenge with methacholine or mannitol (uses medications to provoke and measure asthma symptoms, which can then be reversed)
  • detailed, personalized asthma action plan to help control asthma symptoms and flare-ups
  • skin allergy testing
  • immunotherapy and flu shots for egg-allergic patients
  • omalizumab (Xolair®) program (injectable treatment for allergic asthma)
  • allergy shots
  • asthma clinical trials for eligible patients
  • coordinated follow-up care
  • Spanish-speaking physicians
Inpatient Services for Kids With Asthma
If your child needs to be admitted, your family can turn to Nemours Children’s Hospital for:
  • a kids-only Emergency Department and critical care
  • around-the-clock consultation services with pediatric specialists
  • bronchoscopy services
  • comprehensive pulmonary function testing
  • Spanish-speaking physicians
If Your Child Needs Emergency Care

Although we work with children and families to avoid asthma emergencies, they can and sometimes do occur. It’s comforting to know the Emergency Department at Nemours Children’s Hospital has the equipment and trained staff to treat your child for any type of asthma attack at any hour. Our emergency specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to recognize and treat the most severe symptoms of asthma in infants, children and teens.

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Coping and Support for Your Child and Family

Dealing with a chronic or complex medical condition is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go it alone. Nemours Children’s Hospital provides an array of support services for your child and family.

For example, we offer:
  • patient and family education
  • social work and mental health counseling
  • Child Life services
  • creative therapy
  • support groups

We also have educational tools available to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the condition and how to manage it. Nemours’ KidsHealth and the GetWellNetwork have developed a 14-part series of 4- to 5-minute videos on asthma, covering topics from “What Is Asthma?” to “Asthma Triggers” to “Your Child’s Asthma Action Plan.”

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Leading Pediatric Asthma Research in the Real World

Our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) is the first pediatric program in Central Florida linked to the two largest asthma networks in the country — AsthmaNet and the American Lung Association. Through these networks and Nemours Children’s Health System, Florida-based Nemours physicians can interact with asthma experts across the country. Many of our patients are currently enrolled in research trials to test new medications and treatments.

Other programs affiliated with CART include the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville/University of Florida Consortium in Jacksonville, Fla., the Nemours Network for Asthma Research, and the Nemours Center for Pharmacogenomics and Translational Research. Pharmacogenomics (a combination of pharmacology and genomics) simply means that part of our research is learning how genetic differences can affect responses to medications, which means we can better tailor care for each individual child.

Learn About Our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (PDF) »

Advocates for Healthy Lungs and Healthy Communities in Central Florida

We’re dedicated to reducing the number of children with undiagnosed asthma, which is why we’re out in the communities we serve, building asthma awareness and sharing our expertise with neighboring hospitals and clinics so their pediatric patients can benefit from what we know.

Our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) works with local, state and national organizations to advocate for improved disease awareness, greater research funding, clean-air legislation and also to share expertise. We do this alongside the Florida Asthma Coalition and the American Lung Association of the Southeast.

We also partner with the American Lung Association of Central Florida to host an Asthma Educators Institute at NCH. This two-day course trains school nurses, respiratory therapists and other clinical health care professions in the best approaches for managing asthma and how to teach families about the disease.

To help bring additional awareness and vital information to the community, NCH partners with the Department of Health in Orange County to train child care providers at local Head Start day care centers. These centers earn “asthma-friendly” certification and, in the process, share important information about asthma with families.