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.

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.

CAMP

The purpose of the CAMP pilot research study (Caffeine and Albuterol's Effect on Muscle Production) is to determine the effect of an investigational combination of caffeine and albuterol, taken three times daily, on muscle, fat and hunger in obese adolescents ages 12-17. Albuterol is FDA-approved for the treatment of asthma in adolescents but is not approved to affect muscle and body fat in adolescents in combination with caffeine.

Pre-PLACE

Research has shown that most children do not engage in the recommended levels of physically activity. Researchers are exploring new ways parents can help their children be more physically active.

The Pre-PLACE research study will determine if parents can use a mobile phone application (app) to help their children be more physically active.

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.

T1GER

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children and adolescents. Currently, people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin shots based on constant blood sugar checks, diet and exercise. There is a need for more treatment options for people with type 1 diabetes.

The T1GER research study will assess a study drug (Golimumab) for the treatment of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents. 

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.

TIGER Kids

The TIGER Kids research study is looking at ways to improve the overall health of future generations. The study will evaluate ways to: increase kids' physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior (help kids move more and sit less), encourage healthy eating, and assess other factors that may influence school performance, body image, stress and mood. 

Researchers are using state-of-the-art technology, including activity trackers and global positioning systems (GPS) to monitor physical activity, advanced imaging (MRI and DXA) to measure body fat, and mobile phone messages sent through an app to help identify what motivates kids to make healthy choices.

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.