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Clinical Trials Explanation

All children have the right to the best medical treatment possible. Clinic trials research is our best tool for finding new treatments to help sick children.

Making a Difference

The mission of SPeCTRE is to help children and families across Kansas take part in clinical trials. Families living hours from a city can join the team trying to discover the safest and most effective treatments for children. Without clinical trials for children, doctors and other health care providers would never know for sure if medicines and other treatments that worked for adults would also work for kids.

Benefits to Participating in Research

By participating in clinical trials, children can be part of a discovery team that brings new treatments and possible benefits to children everywhere. Children who participate in clinical trials are followed closely by highly trained researchers, which may include their own doctor.

Risks to Participating in Research

Clinical trials can include risks. Sometimes treatments can cause side effects that may require more frequent visits to your doctor or extra tests. Sometimes new treatments being tested in a clinical trial are not better than the current treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

There may be extra cost related to your participation in the trial. Often these costs are not covered by your health insurance, but may be covered by the sponsor of the trial. You should talk to your doctor about the cost before you decide to participate in a clinical trial.

If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, you will be protected in many ways by many oversight entities, including:

  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) makes sure that clinical trials are ethical and safe and that participants' rights are protected.
  • The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is part of the U.S. Federal Government and it oversees and guides IRBs. They make sure that the rights, welfare and well-being of research participants are protected.
  • The Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) is comprised of clinical and research experts who are not part of the study team and who review a trial's progress to identify side-effects and safety problems that may require a study to stop early.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a part of the U.S. Federal Government that oversees clinical trials related to new medicines and medical devices to ensure that these products are thoroughly tested and are safe and effective before release to the general public.

After a clinical trial is completed, the researchers will examine all the information collected during the study before making a decision about the meaning of results and about further testing.

Ready to Enroll Your Child in a Clinical Trial?

For more information on SPeCTRE research, call Kristina Foster at 913-588-6393 or contact one of our SPeCTRE team members.

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