he research enterprise at Children's Hospital Boston just got two new Web addresses.
The first, www.childrenshospital.org/research, is a comprehensive guide to Children's research activities, and is designed for clinical and laboratory investigators, potential recruits, prospective business partners, benefactors, the media and interested families. There are separate pages for the 36 departments and divisions that do research, and for the hospital's six multidisciplinary research programs, including the Clinical Research Program, which provides information on Children's ongoing clinical trials.
And for those families interested in possibly taking part in a clinical trial, there's the Interactive Parents' Guide to Medical Research at www.bostonchild.vitalconsent.com. Developed by Children's and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the site helps families understand what clinical trials are and whether their child might benefit from enrolling in one. It lays out what protections are provided to patients, and details parental responsibilities, such as monitoring a child for side effects.