Clinical Research Study Finder

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia leads or participates in hundreds of clinical research studies and clinical trials. Many of the studies that are currently enrolling patients can be found in this database. Use this finder to learn more about the purpose of these studies and clinical trials, find out who can participate, and tell us you're interested in enrolling.

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Pediatric Normative Data for the Complete Minnesota Dexterity Test

The Division of Rheumatology is enrolling healthy controls to gather data for a hand-eye coordination study. We are looking for children and adolescents who are healthy with no known physical, cognitive, or emotional conditions, ages 8-18. We hope to gather data through a 45-minute study visit, which includes hand-eye coordination tests, and a Box-and-Block Test with an occupational therapist. The purpose of this study is to establish normal values for hand-eye coordination in kids.

Participants are compensated for their time. For more information, contact Rheumatology Research Core via email at or via phone at 267-425-5446.

The Charisma Study

We are currently enrolling adolescents ages 15-21 of South Asian ancestry, African American ancestry, and European American or "White" ancestry. This study is looking to better understand ancestry related differences in risks for developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The study involves 2 visits to the CHOP Main Hospital in Philadelphia, and participants will be compensated for their efforts.

Abatacept Registry

The purpose of this registry is to study the long-term effects and safety of Abatacept(Orencia) as used for the treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis(JIA). JIA patients that are currently taking Abatacept may be eligible to participate in this study.

CP-SMC Pilot Study

The purpose of this study is to assess deficits in movement and coordination in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and without. Children with CP have trouble coordinating their muscles while moving. Few options exist to measure muscle control. This new test will measure muscle control in children with and without CP and help guide future treatment plans.


In this study, we are developing new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound methods to determine if it is effective in diagnosing complication in kidney transplant patients. Participants in this study will involve patients that have had a kidney transplant and are scheduled for a kidney biopsy. The study will also involve a comparison group of healthy individuals that have no history of kidney conditions. Study procedures will include a review of medical history and medications, MRI scan and ultrasound of the abdomen and blood/ urine test.

Skeletal and Dental Quality in Adolescents with Urinary Stone Disease

Urinary stone disease (USD) is a common, chronic disorder that is seen more frequently in adolescence today than in the past. Current understanding of its impact on bone development and structure as well as dental health is not known. We will be evaluating bone and dental quality in 90 children/adolescents with USD and 90 healthy children/adolescents. The study requires: two to three visits for a total of three to four hours, that the participant be 5-21 years old, and compensation will be provided. If interested in participating contact the research coordinator at 267-226-6995.

Omics Study For CDG Patient

This is an intergrated study of patients with congenital glycosylation disorder, including genetic conditions in the synthesis of glycoconjugates (congenital disorder of glycosyaltion), degradation of glycoconjugates (majority of lysosomal storage conditions), as well as the metabolism of glycoconjugates (such as certain inborn errors of metabolism that involved in nucleitide sugar metabolism, such as galactosemia, fructose intolarance, or certain glycogen storage conditions). Study methods includes glycomics analysis of body fluid or cells or tissues from patients, relevant metabolomics and genomics analysis.

TII (Treating IBD with Inulin)

The purpose of the TII study is to see how the prebiotic inulin changes the gut bacteria (microbiome) of children and young adults (ages 8-21) with IBD and determine if this dietary intervention can help reduce disease activity.

Non-Invasively Assessing Lung Ventilation in Pediatrics

We are looking at how infants and young children breathe in different positions. This will help us understand how children with different types of lung hypoplasia breathe and how the lung changes and grows. To do this, we will measure regional lung ventilation by electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in three positions: lying on the back, right- and left-side in children with pulmonary hypoplasia and in healthy children without lung disease. EIT has been well established as a safe, non-invasive, radiation free method of assessing regional lung ventilation. There is no compensation available for this study.

Neuroscience Biorepository

CHOP is conducting a research study that will help make it possible to do future studies in children and family members both with and without problems with their brain and nervous system. This study involving collecting blood and other types of samples from participants along with medical information. These samples and the information will be stored in a "repository" for an indefinite amount of time. We'll use these tools in the future to create and develop new research studies that may help us find answers to some of these difficult illnesses.