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What is SPeCTRE?

SPeCTRE was created in 2016 with the first cycle of the ISPCTN funding. SPeCTRE received funding for the second cycle of the ECHO ISPCT for the period of September 2020 through August 2025. This second cycle is known as SPeCTRE 2.0.

logo artwork with silhouette of children in front of a sunflower with text SPeCTRE Sunflower Pediatric Trials Research Extension, A program funded by the NIHNetwork goals include providing medically underserved and rural populations with access to clinical trials, building pediatric research capacity at a national level and supporting the professional development of faculty-level pediatricians and their support teams in the conduct of clinical trials research.

Why Does it Matter?

Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Clinical trials help providers find new treatment options that are safe and effective and work better than the standard treatment. Clinical trials also improve the quality of life for people with disease. With your participation, we can improve treatment options for future patients.

Expanding Access

SPeCTRE 2.0 is the Kansas site of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN). 

logo artwork of a child swinging in a tree. ECHO Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes. A program supported by the NIHThe ECHO Program has two major components, the ECHO cohorts — for observational research, and the ECHO IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN) — for intervention research. Learn more about the ECHO Program.


logo artwork of a child swinging in a tree. IDeA States Pediatric Network. ECHO A Program supported by the NIH

The ECHO ISPCTN is made up of research sites in 18 states. ISPCTN helps address disparities in pediatric research by including children from rural or underserved populations in clinical trials, and by building pediatric research capacity in states with historically low NIH funding. Learn more about the IDeA States Pediatric Network.

Sunflower Pediatric Clinical Trials Research Extension

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Mailstop 4004
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-6393
kfoster6@kumc.edu