Hyperthyroidism Pediatric Research and Clinical Trials

Research & Innovation

At Children’s Hospital Boston, our care is informed by our research, and our discoveries in the laboratory strengthen the care we provide at each child's bedside. Children’s scientific research program is one of the largest and most active of any pediatric hospital in the world. In particular, our cardiovascular and cardiac surgery researchers are discovering insights into the causes and development of heart defects and disorders; paving ground for the promising new treatments and interventions; and offering ideas and discoveries that could lead to better treatments and cures. The Thyroid Program at Children’s Hospital is involved in numerous research activities that focus on thyroid disease in children, designed to better understand the causes of these disorders and how to best treat them. Among our current research projects are studies of:

  • the relationship between TSH receptor antibodies and the onset of thyroid disease
  • the causes and prognosis of congenital hyperthyroidism (thyroid disease present at birth)
  • the metabolism of thyroid hormone

Learn more about our ongoing research efforts.

Clinical trials?

Children’s is known worldwide for pioneering some of the most effective diagnostic tools, therapies and preventive approaches in pediatric medicine. A significant part of our success comes from our commitment to research—and to advancing the frontiers of health care by conducting clinical trials.
Children’s coordinates hundreds of clinical trials at any given time. Clinical trials are studies that may involve:

  • evaluating the effectiveness of a new drug therapy
  • testing a new diagnostic procedure or device
  • examining a new treatment method for a particular condition
  • taking a closer look at the causes and progression of specific diseases?

We are involved in several multi-site clinical trials and studies focusing on endocrinological disorders in childhood. While children must meet strict criteria in order to be eligible for a clinical trial, your child may be a candidate for participation in a study. Before considering this option, you should be sure to:

  • consult with your child’s treating physician and treatment team
  • gather as much information as possible about the specific course of action outlined in the trial
  • do your own research about the latest breakthroughs relating to your child’s condition

Taking part in a clinical trial at Children’s is entirely voluntary. Our team will be sure to fully address any questions you may have, and you may remove your child from any medical study at any time.
Search current and upcoming clinical trials at Children’s.            
Search the National Institute of Health’s list of clinical trials taking place around the world.