Clinical Research

Shaping the future of pediatric medicine

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For 150 years, Boston Children’s has embodied a culture of scientific investigation that has shaped pediatric medicine and changed children’s lives. This legacy continues today as we lead the world in pediatric research, empowering clinicians and scientists to challenge the status quo and seek better answers for our patients.

Our research enterprise is the world's largest and most highly-funded pediatric hospital. In FY2021, we received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other children’s hospital in the nation. We perform research in a vast range of specialties, revolutionizing treatments for children with common conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and obesity, to children with rare and complex disorders.

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Find a clinical research study

Boston Children's leads or participates in hundreds of clinical trials. Use this database to find out which trials are recruiting, who can enroll and more.


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Resources for the research community

A central hub of resources to support the Boston Children’s research community through guidance on planning, designing, implementing and reporting.


Recent highlights

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Surviving stem cell transplant: New hope when the donor isn’t a full match

The arthritis drug abatacept is now FDA-approved for prevention of graft-vs.-host disease after a hematopoietic stem-cell transplant from an unrelated donor — thanks largely to research led by Leslie Kean, MD.
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Addressing inequities in asthma by focusing on children’s environments

Asthma strikes children in low-income urban areas especially hard. For more than 20 years, Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, has partnered with communities and schools to try to reduce the disparity.
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Solving neurodevelopmental mysteries, one gene, one child at a time

When a child with intellectual disability or developmental disability has negative clinical gene sequencing results, that’s where this team of genetic detectives steps in.
The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere.

Kevin B. Churchwell, President and CEO