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Children's Hospital, New Orleans

Clinical Trials Center

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

Clinical Research Coordinators:
Patrice Clesi, CRC
Angela Lala, CCRP
Margaret Meyers
Stacy Valley, Sr CCRC

Clinical Research Associates:
Yvonne Hirsch, CRA
Irene Parkhurst, RT, CRA 
Muriel Roberts, RN, Lead CRA
Sylvia Young

About Us

The Clinical Trials Center ™ (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 ™ 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 Children’s Hospital. The 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is the permanent home for the Research Institute for Children, a collaboration between Children’s Hospital, LSU Health Sciences Center and University of New Orleans, which houses some of the region’s 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

The clinical facilities and resources at Children’s 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. 


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 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 
Endocrinology & Metabolism
General Pediatrics 
Infectious Disease 
Internal medicine 

Therapeutic Areas
Adolescent Diet, Hormones and Breast Cancer Susceptibility 
Anemia, including sickle cell anemia
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)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) (related and unrelated donors)
HIV Infection
Immunodeficiencies- Primary Immune Deficiency, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
Impaired Insulin Sensitivity
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lower limb spasticity related to Cerebral Palsy
Kidney Disorders- Chronic Kidney Disorder, Kidney Transplant
Newborn Formula
Metabolic Syndrome 
Otitis Media
Prebiotics influence on Intestinal Bacterial Community
Precocious Puberty
Vaccines- Rotavirus, Influenza