IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network

Infants and children living in rural and medically underserved IDeA states are less likely than those living in other states to be enrolled in and benefit from clinical research, especially clinical trials. To address this disparity in pediatric research, the ECHO initiative established the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. The IDeA States Network ensures that children in states with historically low NIH funding have access to clinical trials.

The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network’s overarching goals are to provide access to state-of-the-art clinical trials to medically underserved and rural populations in the five ECHO priority areas of upper and lower airway disease, obesity, pre-, peri-, and postnatal outcomes, neurodevelopment, and overall positive health. The network will also build national pediatric research capacity to conduct clinical trials by providing professional development for faculty, team support and infrastructure building.

This network also leverages the existing IDeA infrastructure by embedding clinical trials experts at IDeA state locations and facilitating their partnership with other academic institutions. This national network for pediatric research can help address access gaps for rural children by leveraging the infrastructure at existing IDeA state centers.

IDeA States Network

Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA)
States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

The Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network provides data coordination, technical instruction, data standards, quality control and assurance and operational coordination for IDeA States pediatric clinical trials. It also serves as the liaison with other ECHO entities.

DCOC Principal Investigators: Charlotte A. Hobbs; Jeannette Lee