Clinical Studies

Clinical research is vital to solving many of today's health challenges, and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the leading sites in the United States for pediatric clinical studies. Children’s is one of only a handful of NIH-funded centers in the nation whose clinical trial initiatives include a Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (PCTRC) devoted to pediatric research.

Research volunteers have a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of health care. Without clinical trials and the volunteers that participate in them, many of the strides that have been made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases would not have been possible. The rights and welfare of anyone participating in a clinical trial at Children’s are protected by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Pittsburgh, which has oversight of all human research studies at the University of Pittsburgh and all UPMC facilities, including Children’s Hospital. Learn more about clinical studies and the frequently asked questions about how to participate.

The Pitt+Me Registry connects community members and patients of all ages with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Parents who enroll their children in the Pitt+Me Registry will learn about research studies in areas of their choosing related to their child’s health. Parents can sign their children up for the Pitt+Me Registry at any Children's Hospital or Children’s Community Pediatrics outpatient office, through MyUPMC*, or through Pitt+Me. Click here to learn more about the Pitt+Me Registry.

*If you are a current MyUPMC user and would like to request proxy access for a patient under 18 years of age, you may do so online. Simply log in to MyUPMC and select Request Proxy Access from the Access Another Family Member list in the top right corner.