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Children’s Research at Leicester's Hospitals

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Who we are and what we do

Finding new or better treatment and care for children is our main purpose. The Children’s Research Team work across all areas of the Children’s Hospital. We support research studies for children and young people from birth up to their 19th birthday.

To meet the Children's Research Team please click on the link.

Please click here to find out our latest news.

Children’s Research Space 

Our new Children’s Research Facility (CRF) officially opened in June 2017. Research Space was purpose built for children and young people who are taking part in research studies. Our facility includes specialist sensory equipment, including an interactive floor projection system and a 3D interactive distraction system.

Take a look at the Research Space information page to find out more!

John Adler and Freya Evans

What research studies could you or your child take part in?

COVID-19 Research

Research is a key part of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a number of research studies for patients with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19, so that we can find out more about the condition and better ways to treat it. If you or your child is in hospital, your doctor or a Research Nurse may talk to you about this research and ask if you or your child would like to be involved. Click on the link to find out more about our COVID-19 studies.

Other Research

We have a large number of research studies for conditions that affect children, young people, and their families. Some of these studies are paused to recruitment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can click on the links below to find out more about our studies, although we might not be able to include new children on some of these studies at the moment:

What is it like to take part in a research study?

We are running children’s research studies so that we can find better ways to treat and care for children. Many children’s medicines haven’t been tested on children. Research aims to change this by making sure we are treating children with the best possible treatment in the best possible way.

This video helps to explain what it feels like to be asked to take part in a research study: 

Helpful links

Take a look at the links below or watch the NIHR video to help you find out more about research and the work we do: