Clinical Pharmacology

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Pediatric Clinical Research Center was established in 1997. The mission of the Clinical Research Center is to provide the infrastructure for patient oriented research by providing training, specialized expertise, and the highest quality care in a professional and user-friendly environment.

What is the Research Center?

The staff of Study Coordinators, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Investigators and Dietitians are dedicated to promoting advancement in research with their wide array of expertise and quality child focused care in a friendly environment. The staff strives to give every boy and girl that visits the Research Center the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life.

How does the Research Center work?

The Pediatric Clinical Research Center is open Monday through Friday from 8-530pm (with flexible hours to accommodate working families and study requirements).

The staff in The Research Center is continuously recruiting patients for ongoing studies in all areas of medicine and are a daily resource and confidant for families enrolled in studies.

What is the IRB?

IRB – Institutional Review Board: The Institutional Review Board of Wayne State University is an established group that reviews all aspects of research to protect the rights and welfare of all human subjects that have enrolled to participant in research activities. The IRB encompasses all human research studies at Wayne State University in addition to all Detroit Medical Center facilities, including the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

What is a Research Protocol?

A research protocol is a study that has been designed to increase the understanding and improve the treatment of a disease. All protocols are carefully reviewed by the hospital’s IRB prior to becoming an active research study. It is the responsibility of these committees to ensure that only safe, ethical and scientifically valuable research is being conducted. Although your child may not benefit directly from his or her participation in a study, the information gathered will provide knowledge that may lead to new or improved treatment of medical conditions or problems.

What is Informed Consent?

Before a child becomes a participant in the research study, the physician researcher or a study coordinator will discuss with you the purpose of the study, procedures to be completed and risks/ benefits, followed by an opportunity for you to have all questions answered. Once you and your child (dependant on age) have reviewed the details of the study you will be asked to sign a consent form that indicates your understanding of the study and your willingness to participate. This process of discussion and understanding is called informed consent.

What costs will I incur?

Research studies done in the Research Center are paid for in one of two ways. Hospital, diagnostic and laboratory expenses are paid for by the study grant when such expenses are only for research purposes. All non-research expenses that are part of the treatment of a child’s condition will be your financial responsibility and will be charged to your insurance.

Will my child experience side effects from the study medication?

All study drug medications can precipitate side effects – the goal of the Research Center is to minimize the effects of the medications with close monitoring alongside the parents assessments.

Where will I stay if my family is from out of town?

Accommodations will be provided to families that travel from out of town in our International Guest Housing located on Campus for easy accessibility to the Research Center.


The parking deck is located adjacent to the hospital with handicap assessable designated parking spots. We also have Valet parking available located at the main entrance to the hospital.

Food services available?

We have a cafeteria located on the 1st floor of the main hospital for patients and family members. We do provide a meal or meal voucher for children that have an extended day visit, if the specific study the child is enrolled in allocates money for this purpose.

Where are you located? Directions?

We are located on the 3rd floor of the main hospital directly off the elevators. For direction to Children’s Hospital of Michigan please refer to the link