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Department of General Pediatrics Increases Access to Pediatric Research Studies with New Website

Children Helping Pediatric Practice, Education & Research (CHIPPER) at UCSF’s Department of General Pediatrics has launched a new website, which acts as a one-stop shop for inquisitive Bay Area parents and primary care physicians searching for information about emerging outpatient treatments for children. The new website, http://www.chipper.ucsf.edu, was designed to be user friendly and as comprehensive as possible. The website features individual study websites, news and research findings, investigator profiles and a general recruitment interest form.

The aim of the website is to increase transparency and access to information for potential and current study participants, as well as, other researchers and the community at large. In additional, the website hopes to increase recruitment from across the Bay Area’s many diverse communities who may benefit from pediatric research studies. “We have a growing number of investigators in general pediatrics focused on common conditions in the community,” said Michael Cabana, Chief of General Pediatrics at UCSF. “When you conduct a study that might show how to even marginally improve a pediatric condition, and if that condition is common in everyday practice, it can affect a lot of kids directly and have a big public health effect.” Recruiting a diverse sample from the community is essential to the UCSF’s mission to expand these clinical trials and have a bigger impact on improving treatments. Unlike doing a study in a small homogenous community, San Francisco’s diverse population has the potential to represent more of backgrounds, cultures and countries that make up the general population of the United States.

If you’d like to read more about the website check out this article.

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