Clinical Trials Center

Appointments:
(504) 894-5377
Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Location:
Children's Hospital, Main Campus
Contacts:
Director:
Stephanie Sonnier, RN, MBA, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinators:
Jeannine Ascani, Research Regulatory Specialist
Patrice Clesi, CRC
Angela Lala, CCRP
Stacy Valley, Sr CCRC

Clinical Research Associates:
Yvonne Hirsch, CRA
Margaret Meyers, Regulatory CRA 
Irene Parkhurst, RT, CRA 
Muriel Roberts, RN, Lead CRA


About Us

The Clinical Trials Center ô (CTC) was established in 1999 to improve health care for children and adolescents through the development of new medications and treatments. Our efforts help to create a culture in which safer and more effective drugs and treatments are available for a wide range of health problems. The Clinical Trials Center ô organizes community and hospital-based physicians into a multispecialty research network. 

The CTC is located in the Research and Education Building on the main campus of Childrenís Hospital. The 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is the permanent home for the Research Institute for Children, a collaboration between Childrenís Hospital, LSU Health Sciences Center and University of New Orleans, which houses some of the regionís foremost scientists and clinicians dedicated to pediatric research. The RIC benefits from the ease at which research efforts can be transferred from the laboratory to the bedside. 

Services and Resources

Support services are essential to providing the infrastructure to conduct research. The CTC provides a full-range of services designed to provide researchers with the tools necessary to conduct clinical trials within the confines of their practice. CTC staff provides complete administrative and clinical support to assist researchers through the protocol lifecycle. Services include, but are not limited to:

Study procurement
Protocol review
Sponsor contract and budget negotiation
Completion, submission and maintenance of required regulatory documents
Institutional Review Board submissions
Coordination of ancillary services
Confidentiality of record
Facilities

The clinical facilities and resources at Childrenís Hospital are available to researchers and study teams. The CTC staff coordinates inpatient and outpatient services to ensure research procedures are performed according to the protocol. 

Inpatient

Children's Hospital is a 247-bed, not-for-profit medical center offering the most advanced pediatric care for children from birth to 21 years. With over 40 pediatric specialties and more than 400 physicians, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South. 

Outpatient

Outpatient appointments with pediatric subspecialists are offered Monday through Friday on the hospital campus at the 69-exam room Ambulatory Care Center, with a complete range of clinical, laboratory and diagnostic capabilities.  Outpatient care is also offered in psychology, and physical, occupational, respiratory and speech and hearing therapies, and through various other specialized programs. 

Pediatric Specialties and Therapeutic Areas

The Center conducts trials in a number of pediatric specialty and therapeutic areas including but not limited to:
 
Pediatric Specialties
Allergy/Immunology Cardiovascular 
Dermatology 
Endocrinology & Metabolism
Gastroenterology 
General Pediatrics 
Infectious Disease 
Internal medicine 
Hematology/Oncology 
Nephrology 
Neurology 
Orthopaedics 
Pulmonology 
Psychology
Psychiatry
Rheumatology 
Urology

Therapeutic Areas
Adolescent Diet, Hormones and Breast Cancer Susceptibility 
Anemia, including sickle cell anemia
Asthma
Autism
Bleeding disorders, including ITP and hemophilia
Cancer- Leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumor, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma, Survivorship/ Late Effects, and other childhood cancers
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Oral Food Refusal
Diabetes Mellitus- Type 1 and Type 2- prevention and treatment 
Dietary Intervention Study in Children (DISC)
Epilepsy
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) (related and unrelated donors)
HIV Infection
Hypertension
Immunodeficiencies- Primary Immune Deficiency, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
Impaired Insulin Sensitivity
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Influenza
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lower limb spasticity related to Cerebral Palsy
Kidney Disorders- Chronic Kidney Disorder, Kidney Transplant
Newborn Formula
Metabolic Syndrome 
Obesity
Otitis Media
Prebiotics influence on Intestinal Bacterial Community
Precocious Puberty
Vaccines- Rotavirus, Influenza

   

 

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