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Cook Children's Clinical Research

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Research at Cook Children's

At Cook Children's, we believe that all children deserve the best treatment strategies available to manage their illness and maintain good health. Our research environment applies leading-edge scientific knowledge, technology and evidence-based practice to improve quality care outcomes for children.

Research projects

Cook Children's has several departments that participate in clinical research studies.

Investigational drug services (IDS)

Coordinating all pharmacy processes and procedures for clinical research trials.

Contact our team

All clinical trials at Cook Children's have a principal investigator which could be a doctor, nurse or other clinical staff member.

Research resources

We offer a health science library, helpful links and information for research study participants.


Cystic Fibrosis research

Cystic Fibrosis research at Cook Children's is part of the Cook Children's Pulmonary department, which also includes the Fort Worth Cystic Fibrosis Center, where both pediatric and adult CF patients are treated in an outpatient setting. Learn more.


Neuroblastoma research

Cook Children's Neuroblastoma program has a clinical research team that is dedicated to making the health of children with neuroblastoma better. As part of this program, a dedicated research staff is continually working to advance neuroblastoma treatment for kids. Learn more.


Neurosciences research

Cook Children's Neurosciences program actively participates in clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and collaborative organizations. To be part of these trials, Cook Children's must meet criteria specific to each group, and successfully pass routine tests and site visits. Learn more.

Cook Children's research in the news

Cook Children's Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All studies done at Cook Children's must be reviewed and approved By Cook Children's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the study begins, and at least annually for the duration of the study. The IRB is made up of community members, physicians, scientists, clergy and others. The IRB's role is to make sure each research study has safeguards in place and that study participants' rights are protected. The IRB also evaluates risk to participants to determine if they are reasonable when compared to the potential benefits.

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