Researchers interested in adolescents can only do their research if teenagers are interested in participating in their studies. All studies at Cincinnati Children’s go through a careful review from a committee called the Institutional Review Board (IRB), part of the Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. This committee makes sure each study is safe for children and adolescents to join. For most studies, parent permission is required before an adolescent (under 18 years) can participate.
For a list of current trials and more information on participating, visit the Clinical Trials Office.
The Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine is interested in collaborating with other scientists who are conducting research related to issues of adolescent health and development or studies that plan to include an adolescent population. We have faculty members (physicians and PhDs) as well as adolescent medicine fellows and nurse practitioners who may serve as useful collaborators for your study. Additionally, if you are considering recruiting adolescents from the Teen Health Center, we have found that it works best to contact us during the planning stages of writing your grant proposal. We have many requests to recruit adolescents and have designed recruitment procedures that allow us to work within the confines of our current clinic structure and still maintain clinic flow and optimum care of our patients. In most instances, we have found that it is best for Teen Health Center recruiters to do the additional clinic recruiting. Cost sharing should be discussed with Frank Biro, MD, and the Adolescent and Transition Medicine collaborating investigator before grant submission. Early planning and including an Adolescent Medicine collaborator on your study can help ensure the success of recruitment.