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About Research at Blythedale

Blythedale Children’s Hospital is committed to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex and special medical needs. Our robust Research program is a natural outgrowth of our commitment to children and our culture of innovative clinical and multi-disciplinary care. Hospital researchers are engaged in select research studies that affect the lives of children and make significant contributions to the practice and delivery of pediatric medicine.

Through its Pediatric Research Institute, Blythedale has created a center of excellence for clinical research to affect the lives of children with disabling illnesses and their families. The Hospital’s research program also serves as a model for the study of clinical outcomes for children with complex illnesses through meaningful collaborations within the Hospital community, with similar institutions around the country and around the world.

Blythedale’s Scientific Research Advisory Board is comprised of eminent scientists and pediatric faculty across the country that provide feedback on current projects and assists in prioritizing the Hospital’s short- and long-term research agenda. The Scientific Advisory Board also suggests avenues of financial support and identifies potential collaborations.

Blythedale’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for determining types of research requiring review, and for conducting initial, ongoing and post-project review. Blythedale’s IRB meets every two months, as needed. The IRB serves as an administrative body established to protect the rights and the welfare of subjects (including patients) recruited to participate in Research Studies.

Internships - Blythedale welcomes students from high school to the doctoral level to volunteer and intern with the Research Department. We encourage interns to plan and carry out their own studies.

Research Interest Group – Blythedale's Research Interest Group meets on the second Thursday of every month. Our goals are to introduce evidence-based practice to those interested in research throughout the Hospital, as well as to collectively learn how to find, critically assess, apply and evaluate the use of evidence from research and experience.

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