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clinical research

a strong commitment to clinical research

pediatric cancer research

Dayton Children’s is part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research. More than 250 hospitals around the world participate in COG. Our partnership with COG allows us to offer our patients the same Phase 2, 3 and 4 trials that are available at large academic medical centers. These types of trials evaluate the effectiveness and safety of therapies that have been previously tested.

Dayton Children's partners with 16 leading pediatric brain cancer clinicians, researchers and institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Stanford University, for cutting-edge scientific innovation and collaboration as part of The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium.

To learn more about how Dayton Children's is doing their part to cure pediatric brain cancer, visit The Living Biobank at Dayton Children's.

blood diseases research

Dayton Children’s participates in clinical studies for sickle cell disease and hemophilia. Children who fit the selection criteria are invited to participate in these studies, some of which are initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others by our own team.

what is the purpose of pediatric research? 

The purpose of pediatric research is to make new discoveries that will improve the lives of children who have diseases such as cancer, sickle cell anemia and hemophilia. Some studies focus on curing disease or preventing recurrence, others on minimizing side effects or long-term effects of treatment.

how do I find out what research studies are available? 

Dayton Children’s offers about 60 research studies for pediatric cancer and blood diseases, and each one has specific eligibility criteria. For example, some studies are for children with a certain type of cancer, or for siblings who have sickle cell anemia, or for children whose cancer has returned. Your doctor will talk to you about what studies are available to your child and explain what each one would involve. All children who are eligible for a research study are given an opportunity to participate, but participation is voluntary.

how do I enroll my child in a study? 

If you decide to enroll your child in a study, our team will explain what the study will involve and help you complete any necessary paperwork. Our care team will communicate with your insurance company and ask for preapproval, if necessary. Activities related to the research study will take place at Dayton Children’s, unless a patient is participating in a Phase 1 study at a different institution.

Families do not pay “extra” to participate in clinical research, nor do they receive financial compensation for their participation.


contact us request an appointment

The hematology/oncology department welcomes phone calls to 937-641-3111 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.


A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling 937-641-3111.