Asthma Study for Children and Teens 6 to 17 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to learn more about a better way to help treat children and teens with difficult-to-treat asthma with on-going symptoms.

Who can participate?

Children and teens 6 to 17 years old who have moderate to severe diagnosed asthma may be eligible to participate.


  • Asthma
  • Chest and Lungs - Respiratory Tract

What will happen in the study?

This study includes 2 study visits at Cincinnati Children’s, 2 in-home visits, up to 4 “self-management” visits completed through a secure smart phone app with your study doctor, and 10 phone calls over 12 months. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:

We will ask you for your child’s personal and family medical history, history of environmental exposures, depression, anxiety, dietary intake, etc. At each study visit, you will fill out questionnaires, and your child will be examined for symptoms of eczema, allergies and asthma.

Your child will:

  • Submit saliva, urine/stool, nose cell and blood samples
  • Receive a skin prick test to learn about possible allergies
  • Complete breathing tests

During the visits, the asthma doctor will see if your child’s asthma is under control and might change his/her asthma medicines.

During a home visit, we will collect samples to see if your home has triggers that can make asthma worse. We will also put a cap (sends information through a phone app to an online portal) on your child’s asthma inhalers that both you and the study team know how often your child is using them.

During what we call the “self-management” visits, the study doctor will talk to your child through a secure cell phone app about ways to help them remember to take their medications and using this cell phone app to help track the medicines.

Parents or guardians interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

We hope that this study will help your child better control their asthma. While it is not certain this will happen, the information we learn from this study may help children and teens with asthma in the future.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Families will receive up to $390, as well as an asthma gift package for the home including a vacuum and dust mite mattress cover (valued at $255) for participation in this study.


Contact Us.Allie Hartmann and Liz Overberg
Pulmonary Asthma Research
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Theresa Guilbert, MD
Asthma Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center