Study Participants Needed

We have several studies going on and we need participants! Please see list and more information below:

ROAPS Study

Attention Adults 50 Years of Age and Older!

The Vaccine Clinic at Emory Children’s Center is working on a research study to see how common viral infections are in those 50 years of age and older.

We need healthy adults 50 years of age and older to help us learn more about RSV, and determine if adults could benefit from a vaccine.

What is involved?

Participation:

  • Adults who participate in the study will have at least two visits to the Emory Children’s Center (on Emory’s campus).

Compensation:

  • You will be compensated $50 for each visit.

You may be eligible if…

  1. You have not had a recent cold within the past 2 weeks and have not been hospitalized within the past 4 weeks.
  2. You live in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Douglas, Clayton, Rockdale, or Newton counties.

For more Information:

Phone: 404-727-4044
Email: ecc.vaccine@emory.edu

Learn About Your Baby’s Growth & Development While Contributing to Research

Parents: In order to improve the way we diagnose and treat autism, the Marcus Autism Center (part of CHOA and Emory University) is seeking families to participate in one of the largest ever studies of infant development. We are looking for parents who are expecting or have a newborn baby (2 months or younger). You can participate whether or not your family has a history of autism.

There are two great benefits to participating in this research:

  1. Your participation would help children and families affected by autism.
  2.  You will be able to learn a lot about your own child’s development.

Throughout the study expert clinicians will monitor your baby’s progress and give you information about your child’s growth, development and milestones. By participating in this research, we are going to learn a lot from your child, but you are also going to learn a lot about your child too.

You and your baby would visit us at the Marcus Autism Center over the first 3 years of your child’s life. Compensation will be provided for your participation.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information or participating in the study, you can learn more here.

Microvascular Cerebral Blood Flow in Sickle Cell Disease

  • We are looking to enroll 3 healthy controls 7-8, male or female.

Control Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 7 and 8
  • English-speaking

Control Exclusion Criteria:

  • Disorders associated with anemia
  • Vascular disorders
  • Diseases affecting the parenchyma or vasculature of the brain
  • Hypertension
  • History of stroke or previous transient ischemic attack
  • Current smoking or previous smoking within 5 years
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Renal disease
  • Recent administration of vasoactive medications

Patients will be compensated with a $50 visa gift card.

If anyone is interested or has questions, they can contact Amanda Watt at 404-785-3934.

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases is Recruiting Healthy Children for Research!

Summary: We are collecting blood from healthy children (0-2) years of age for basic science studies. Scientists working in the Emory Children’s Center will use it to study how the immune system works, how infections develop, and how vaccines and medicines can prevent and treat illnesses.

Who: healthy children ages 0-2 years old

What: This is a blood draw study only:

  • Amount of blood to be drawn will be based on child’s weight
  • 15 minute visits at the Emory Children’s Center
  • Single or multiple blood draw opportunities depending on blood draw safety parameters

Compenstation: Participants will receive $50 per visit

I’m in! What should I do now? If you’d like to participate, please email ECC.vaccine@emory.edu or call 404-727-4044.

Thanks for your interest! 

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MERK-SIGNAL Study: Participate in a Pediatric Research Study

Help us better understand what types of pneumococcal bacteria are sitting in the noses and throats of healthy children. 

We need healthy children 2 weeks- 5 years of age to participate in a new pediatric research study at Emory University. 

It's easy to participate...

What’s involved?

Participation will include one visit where we will collect a nasal swab and a urine sample from your child, review your child’s vaccine history, and complete an oral questionnaire.

Where are we located?

We are located at Emory Children’s Center, which is located next to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston.

Compensation:

  • $50 for the successful competition of all study procedures
  • If only one sample is collected you will be compensated $25

MELODY Study: Together Let’s Find a Way to Protect Infants from RSV Infection

Emory Children’s Center is researching a new investigational medication to prevent lung infections caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus

How can you help? Participate in a RSV Clinical Research Study!

Help us determine if a new investigational medication is safe and effectively prevents RSV.

If your child was born on or after April 1, 2019 and was born prematurely or with chronic heart or lung disease they may be eligible to participate.

Participation:

Over a period of 1 or 2 years you baby will complete

  • At least 8 clinic visits
  • Bi-weekly or monthly follow-up phone calls

Compensation:

  • $100 for each completed visit
  • $20 for each follow-up phone call

For more information:

Please contact us at 404-727-4044 or ecc.vaccine@emory.edu.

MELODY Study: Together Let’s Find a Way to Protect Infants from RSV Infection

Emory Children’s Center is researching a new investigational medication to prevent lung infections caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus

How Can you Help? Participate in a RSV Clinical Research Study! 

Help us determine if a new investigational medication is safe and effectively prevents RSV in healthy babies.

If your child is healthy, and was born on or after April 1, 2019 they may be eligible to participate.

Participation:

Over a period of 17 months your baby will complete

  • At least 6 clinic visits
  • Bi-weekly or monthly follow-up phone calls

Compensation:

  • $100 for each completed visit
  • $20 for each follow-up phone call

For more information:

Please contact us at 404-727-4044 or ecc.vaccine@emory.edu.

Recruiting Healthy Children for Children’s Nutrition and Gut Microbiome Study:

Summary: An Oncology Nursing Society-funded study at Emory University is looking for healthy participants to compare the gut bacteria of healthy children to the gut bacteria of children with cancer..

Who: healthy children ages 3-22 years old

What: participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire & submit a stool sample

Compensation: For participating, your child will receive one $50 gift card as compensation for his or her time and transportation. The parent will receive a $25 gift card.

Interested? Contact Jinbing Bai or 919-265-8580

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Recruiting Healthy Children for PEACH Study:

Summary: The Division of GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition is enrolling subjects for the Project Exposome Analysis in Childhood Health (PEACH) study. The aim of the study is to assess the impact of environmental exposures on pediatric health outcomes.

Who: healthy children ages 7-18 years old:

  • Must be able to lie still for imaging tests
  • Cannot be taking any regular (daily) medications for a chronic condition

What: the study will take about 2.5 hours and will involve several imaging, laboratory, and questionnaire-based assessments:

  • Fasting blood draw
  • Collection of vitals, stool sample, urine, saliva, and toenails
  • Optional imaging examination (MRI) of the body
  • Questionnaires about diet and medical history

Where: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston Hospital

Compensation: For participating, your child will receive one $50 gift card as compensation for his or her time and transportation, as well as one $50 gift card for completing the optional MRI.

Interested? Contact Catherine Cioffi or 404-727-9876

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Vascular Dysfunction in Pediatric Cardiac Transplant Recipients 

The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC) is looking for volunteers for a new vascular research study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the frequency, risk factors, and clinical associates of vascular function. Dr. Sachdeva would like to learn more about vascular function in pediatric heart transplant recipients and identify the risk factors associate with vascular dysfunction. We would like to compare vascular function in cardiac transplant recipients with that of healthy aged children. This study is designed to learn more about the vascular function in heart transplant recipients and its influence on cardiac function. In the future, the study results may help us target some risk factors to improved vascular function.

Study Description:

The exams are painless and require the volunteer to lie down for the majority of the study visit. We will conduct a blood pressure test, and imaging exams. Only one visit is required for this study. The visit will last 3 to 4 hours. All exams are for "research purposes only" and will be free of charge. Volunteers will be compensated their time and travel.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Healthy Volunteers
  2. Male and Female
  3. Ages 10 to 21 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Overweight or obese
  2. History of hypertension, diabetes, significant renal disease, high cholesterol

Contact Information:

Name: Ritu Sachdeva, MD
Phone: 404-785-6476
E-mail: sachdevar@kidsheart.com

CIRC
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
1405 Clifton Rd, NE
2nd Floor, Tower 1
Atlanta, GA 30345

Pediatric ID is Recruiting Volunteers for Research!

  • Are you a healthy adult?  If so, you may want to participate in our Blood Draw Study!
  • What’s the research for? We are collecting blood from healthy adults for basic science studies. Scientists working in the Emory Children’s Center will use it to study how the immune system works, how infections develop, and how vaccines and medicines can prevent and treat illnesses.
  • What’s involved in this study? If you are selected to participate, we will draw up to 100 milliliters of blood. This is a blood draw study only; no drugs will be given, and you will not be exposed to infectious diseases. Each visit will take about 15 minutes and will occur in the Emory Children’s Center. You can participate a single time, or more often if you would like, depending on blood draw safety parameters and the needs of the researchers.
  • Will I be compensated? Participants will be reimbursed $25 per visit.

I’m in! What should I do now? If you’d like to participate, please email ECC.vaccine@emory.edu or call 404-727-4044.

Thanks for your interest!    

Preschool Program at Marcus Autism Center

Marcus Autism Center is proud to announce our new, inclusive Preschool Program for toddlers with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The preschool offers a developmentally appropriate and rich learning environment for all children. We aim to foster active engagement and learning through play, hands-on activities and daily routines. Our preschool community will be a safe and welcoming space for all children. The Preschool Program is part of a nationally leading research institution. This program will operate both as a school and as a place of research on preschool education. When you apply for admission, you are accepting the fact that, if admitted, your child will be part of an innovative preschool that will be continually studied and developed. This is an exciting opportunity for your child to be exposed to leading-edge teaching techniques. The Preschool Program offers half-day classroom hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and full-day classroom and aftercare hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Who can participate? We are currently enrolling children with and without autism who were born between Sept. 2, 2014, and Sept. 1, 2015. If your child has previously received an autism diagnosis, we are seeking to enroll children who:

  • Pay attention to, and are interested in, other children.
  • Have started to communicate using gestures or eye contact.
  • Have started to put two words together.
  • Have started to pretend during play. For example, by feeding a doll or talking on a phone.

How are the classrooms structured? Our classroom for 2-year-olds will have 12 children and a relatively high teacher-to-student ratio of 1 to 4. Programming will be individualized to motivate and engage all children in their own unique ways.

When did the program open? Our first classroom for 2-year-olds (children born between Sept. 2, 2014, and Sept. 1, 2015) opened Feb. 1, 2018. We are still looking for typical kids.

Tuition and fees: The monthly tuition rate for the half-day program is $850 and the full-day program is $1,250 including aftercare. We can grant modest tuition subsidies based on economic need.

Location: The Preschool Program is located at Marcus Autism Center, 1920 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329.

Email marcuspreschool@choa.org or call 404-785-6511 if you are interested in enrolling your child.

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