Participate in a Study

We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the exciting research studies being conducted here at Pennington Biomedical. The studies are at no charge to you and many of them offer compensation for volunteers who participate. Below are our ongoing pediatric clinical studies:

AWARD-PEDS

The AWARD-PEDS research study will assess an investigational drug for its effectiveness in the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adolescents.

The rate of type 2 diabetes in adolescents continues to rise. Currently, metformin is the only oral drug recommended as the initial medical treatment for type 2 diabetes in adolescents; however, metformin is not suitable for all adolescents. Hence, there is a need for more treatment options for adolescents with type 2 diabetes.

Baby Fat Pilot

The Baby Fat Pilot research study aims to develop a technique to accurately measure the amount of fat in infants. Understanding more about body fat in infants will help researchers learn more about the factors that impact the health of people beginning in early life and continuing throughout their lifespan.

BabyEE Pilot

Metabolism is a major component of health, especially infant health. Scientists are not sure how metabolism is inherited or what factors after birth may influence metabolism, so researchers at Pennington Biomedical are working to better understand the factors that impact metabolism development in infants.

Infant 31P Pilot

The Infant 31P Pilot research study aims to develop a technique to accurately measure muscle metabolism in infants. Understanding more about muscle in infants will help researchers learn more about the factors that impact the health of people beginning in early life and continuing throughout their lifespan.

PEDALon

The rate of type 2 diabetes in adolescents continues to rise. Currently, metformin is the only oral drug recommended for medical treatment for type 2 diabetes in adolescents. Metformin is not suitable for all adolescents, therefore, there is a need for more treatment options for adolescents with type 2 diabetes.

The PEDALon research study will test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug, alogliptin, in children with type 2 diabetes.

PLAY

The PLAY research study will evaluate if a specially designed program delivered through a mobile phone app can help improve fundamental motor skills in pre-school aged kids.

Fundamental motor skills, like running, jumping and skipping, are an important foundation for kids to develop healthy physical activity habits and continue those habits into adolescence. Fundamental motor skills also play a role in children’s readiness for kindergarten.

PRONTO-Peds

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children and adolescents. Currently, people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin shots to maintain a normal blood sugar range. There is a need for more flexible treatment options for people with type 1 diabetes.

The PRONTO-Peds research study will assess the effectiveness of a new type of mealtime insulin for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Researchers will compare this study drug to Humalog, an insulin already approved by the FDA, in children and adolescents.

Shape Up Kids

The Shape Up Kids research study will explore new ways to use advanced 3D imaging systems. These medical imaging systems take a look inside areas of the human body hidden by our skin and bones. Researchers will test if new imaging machines, that use light waves to evaluate body shape, can provide useful and detailed information about cardiovascular (heart) disease and physical strength.

TDR14311

This TDR14311 research study will assess an investigational drug (Lixisenatide) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adolescents.

The rate of type 2 diabetes in adolescents continues to rise. Currently, metformin is the only oral drug recommended as the initial medical treatment for type 2 diabetes in adolescents; however, metformin is not suitable for all adolescents. Therefore, there is a need for more treatment options for adolescents with type 2 diabetes.

VDORA1

Low levels of Vitamin D have been recognized as a common factor in children who have asthma.

The VDORA1 research study will evaluate how much Vitamin D supplement a child must take to get their Vitamin D to a certain level in his or her blood. What we learn in this study may help us determine the possible relationship between Vitamin D and asthma symptoms.

VITA

Kids and teens who struggle with their weight often have an increased risk of developing medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease in adulthood. Research shows these risks may be reduced with weight loss.


The VITA research study will assess the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug in children that is FDA-approved for weight loss in overweight and obese adults (marketed as Qsymia® in the United States).

If you’re 18 or older, there may be other studies that you can join. Click here to find out about these studies or call 225-763-3000 to learn how you can be a volunteer!

If you don't see a trial that fits your interests or needs, click here to complete a questionnaire and we will contact you about any future trials for which you may qualify.