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Innovation Research & Training receives funding from NHLBI To Develop A Web-Based Resource about Participating in Pediatric Clinical Trials Designed for Youth

Durham, NC

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dr. Alison Parker and Dr. Tracy Scull (Co-Principal Investigators) at Innovation Research & Training (IRT) were recently awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to develop an interactive, web application for youth, called DigiKnowit News, with the goal of increasing the rates of youth participation in pediatric clinical trials. There is currently a need for more youth to participate in clinical trials in order to improve the quality and quantity of knowledge related to the health and well-being of children and adolescents. More research is necessary, so that youth are not provided with drugs or treatment recommendations that are based upon clinical research findings from studies conducted with adults. Given that youth are developmentally and physiologically different from adults, they may respond differently to treatment, and require different medications and dosages. 

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