Clinical research involves people who volunteer to participate in research investigations. Research may include trials to test new therapies or treatments. Clinical research trials are an invaluable way to gain knowledge used to diagnose, treat and prevent disease.
Barrow Neurological Instatitute at Phoenix Children's Hospital has Clinical Registries in:
- Neuro ICU / Neuro neonatal ICU
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Neuromuscular program
The Tissue Repository has been developed to create a bank of tissue specimens from tumors, epileptic tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, blood and other specimens for the study of unique biomarkers. This helps promote research into the cures of the future.
The Institute’s Clinical Data Center provides valuable information in real time on the efficacy and quality of treatment(s) for specific conditions. This helps promote research into the cures of the future.
Biologic Materials Availability Program (BMAP):
The Biologic Materials Availability Program (BMAP) at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is an initiative aimed to provide investigators with biological materials and/or the means to access them. The programs collect a variety of tissues and bio-fluids that are otherwise discarded, these include surplus tissues from anatomic pathology and the clinical laboratory; and/or discarding materials accessed through surgery or bedside procedures and devices.
The neurological/neurosurgical division of BMAP is the most active area of sample collection and processing. The creation of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bank has made this division a leading entity in the research field due to the interest among investigators working with advance molecular techniques generated by the abundance and variety of the CSF collected.
A manuscript reporting a five-year experience in the evaluation and management of seizures in pediatric patients following moderate and severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was published in Child’s Nervous System in July 2012.