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:

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.

Food Phone 2

The FOOD PHONE 2 research study will test the accuracy of our Remote Food Photography Method (RFPM) and the SmartIntake app in estimating energy intake.

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.


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.


The purpose of the PIONEER TEENS research study is to test the efficacy of a study drug versus a placebo on controlling blood sugars in children and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes.

Shape Up Kids

The Shape Up Kids research study can help your kids learn about their health while helping researchers build new technologies to understand the human body. The study will test new imaging machines that use light waves to measure 3D body shape. We will compare them to other scans that look at bones, muscles, and organs. This will help scientists understand how body shape is related to factors like physical strength and heart health.


The STRONG research study aims to understand how girls’ muscles use different fuels in their body (carbs and fat) to provide energy for different levels of activity.

This research is important for understanding how to best refuel the body when it uses up energy.


The TEAM UP research study is designed to help children and families lose weight and become healthier through healthy eating and physical activity. Families who participate in the TEAM UP study will meet for visits with their pediatrician and/or a health coach at one of our participating locations or virtually by telehealth.


The purpose of the URCORT DM research study is to learn if we can better identify children and young adults who are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.

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.