Clinical Research Support Services

About Our Services 

The Clinical Research Support Office is a highly productive, cost-effective research service program that provides support across the lifecycle of a clinical research study. Our staff has expertise in implementing, conducting and monitoring clinical research studies, providing services that benefit both novice and experienced clinical researchers.

Research Navigation

We provide support across the lifecycle of clinical research, with research navigators to help investigators get their studies up and running, and the services they need to run efficient, safe and high quality clinical research and trials. Please contact us to get started with the Research Navigator.

Clinical Research Coordinator Pool

Our dynamic pool of clinical research coordinators (CRCs) supports research studies across the clinical divisions of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The CRCs are centrally managed and trained, certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and collectively provide a broad range of knowledge and expertise about conducting pediatric clinical research studies and trials at the hospital. They are available on a fee-for-service basis to join your study team to help implement and conduct all aspects of a study from start-up to closeout.

Regulatory and IRB Support

Regulatory support is critical for any clinical research, especially when it involves children. Each study requires rigorous institutional and federal regulatory review and documentation, including approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Our regulatory and IRB support specialist provides the clinical research community at CHLA with support and information, as well as fee-for-service assistance in coordinating regulatory affairs for clinical research studies and trials.

Specimen Processing and Handling

Specimen processing and anatomic pathology services for research studies are provided by the Clinical Lab in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


Our biostatisticians support clinical research across CHLA by providing expert consultation services for sample-size calculation, analysis of data and publication development, as well as educating the research community and collaborating on active research projects.

Clinical Trials Unit

Our Clinical Trials Unit, a program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is located on the first floor in the main hospital building, in a 1,625 square foot outpatient facility, alongside the Children’s Health Imaging Research Program, with four dedicated patient care areas for research participant evaluations and interventions, as well as a research laboratory for specimen processing.

Research Nurses

Our dedicated research nurses conduct protocol-specific activities such as detailed assessments, blood draws, medication administration and oral glucose tolerance tests. They are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)-certified, trained to support specimen processing and shipping and can assist with clinical research participant registration and hospital billing. Our nurses are able to travel to clinics as needed to facilitate patient participation.

Pediatric Neuropsychology

Pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists with specialized training in the evaluation and management of children with brain disorders such as brain injury, medical disease or developmental problems. A neuropsychological evaluation is an in-depth interview and examination of a child’s thinking, behavior and social-emotional functioning using standardized tests and procedures, as well as consultation with the child’s parents/primary caregivers, teachers and other doctors. We provide assistance to investigators regarding study methodology, administration of neuropsychological measures and interpretation and distribution of neuropsychological findings.

For Parents

Family participation is critical to our research efforts. Thousands of children participate in our patient-centered research studies every year. Many of the treatments used today are based on the results of clinical research conducted with our patients. Our scientific and clinical experts take the best ideas from the laboratory to the patient in the form of promising new treatments.

By searching our clinical trials, you may identify research that could impact the life of your child or another child you know for years to come. Because the number of available clinical trials for children nationwide is small, every participant makes a significant contribution. Ask your child’s doctor about clinical trial options that may be suitable for his or her condition. Contact us to find out about participating in a research study.