Clinical Research

Shaping the future of pediatric medicine

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For 150 years, Boston Children’s has embodied a culture of scientific investigation that has shaped pediatric medicine and changed children’s lives. This legacy continues today as we lead the world in pediatric research, empowering clinicians and scientists to challenge the status quo and seek better answers for our patients.

Our research enterprise is the world's largest and most highly-funded pediatric hospital. In FY2018, we received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other children’s hospital in the nation. We perform research in a vast range of specialties, revolutionizing treatments for children with common conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and obesity, to children with rare and complex disorders.

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Find a clinical research study

Boston Children's leads or participates in hundreds of clinical trials. Use this database to find out which trials are recruiting, who can enroll and more.


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Resources for the research community

A central hub of resources to support the Boston Children’s research community through guidance on planning, designing, implementing and reporting.


Would your child benefit from a clinical trial?

Clinical research takes scientific discoveries and transforms them into new treatments and approaches to medical care that improve the health. Learn about the importance of clinical research, its benefits and considerations.



Recent Breakthroughs

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More details on MIS-C, the post-COVID multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children

Boston Children’s Hospital and collaborators launched the national Overcoming COVID-19 in April to track children, teens, and young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.S.

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A snapshot of COVID-19 in children admitted to the PICU

The new study represents the first cross-sectional, multi-hospital analysis of pediatric COVID cases in North America.

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Gene therapy with a new base editing technique restores hearing in mice

Boston Children’s will play key roles in a nationwide study designed to learn how the immune systems of people hospitalized with COVID-19 respond to the disease over time.
Building on our extraordinary leadership in pediatric science at Boston Children’s, we translate our findings — and those of others — to fundamentally change how disease is treated and cured.

David A. Williams, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer