Study Participants Needed

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

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


The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is conducting a new NIH-funded clinical research study in children and adolescents to look at how exercise affects inflammation in the body in children with and without sickle cell anemia.

You (or your child) may be eligible if you (or your child):

  • Have sickle cell anemia
  • Are healthy and do NOT have a chronic medical condition, including asthma
  • Are African or African American
  • Are between the ages of 10 and 21 years old

You or your child will be reimbursed for participating in this study.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Nwanna Ifendu at or 404-785-3136 or Dr. Amy Tang 

This study is Lurie Children’s IRB # 2017-881, “The Pro-Inflammatory Effects of Acute Exercise in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia” by Principal Investigator Robert Liem. The content of this flyer has been approved by the Lurie Children’s IRB.

Volunteer for a Rabies Vaccine Study
Help us compare an existing Rabies vaccine to a new vaccine

Who: healthy adults ages 18-49 years old

Location:  The Hope Clinic in Decatur

Study Participation: 

  • About 13 months 
  • 1-2 screening visits
  • 4 vaccine visits
  • 6 follow-up visits
  • 1 scheduled phone call Blood & urine samples


  • $75 per screening visit
  • $75 per vaccine visit
  • $50 per follow-up visit
  • $20 per scheduled phone call

Contact us: 404-712-1371


Pediatric Infectious Diseases is Recruiting Healthy Children for Research!

Summary: We are collecting blood from healthy children (0-18) 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 0-18 years old

What: This is a blood draw study only:

  • Amount of blood to be drawn will be based on child’s weight -up to 50 mL of blood drawn at a visit
  • 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 or call 404-727-4044.

Thanks for your interest! 


Are you a healthcare worker at a CHOA facility?
Our study aims to determine prevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 in healthcare workers!

Participants will be asked to provide

  • saliva sample
  • blood sample
  • brief questionnaire

Participants will be asked to complete at least 3 follow-up visits

  • Year 1: Baseline + ≥ 3 follow-up visits
  • Year 2: Follow-up visit every 3 months
  • Years 3 & 4: Follow-up once a year

Results from your serology tests will be shared with you, unless opted out

Please contact:
Deb Leake, CPNP
Senior Research Nurse
404-785-5437 ext: 13858

Principal Investigators:
Claudia Morris, MD
Emergency Medicine- Pediatrics
Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH
Hepatology- Pediatrics

The Food Allergy Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is recruiting both children and adults for OUtMATCH. If you’re allergic to peanuts and at least two other foods (milk, egg, wheat, cashew, hazelnut, or walnut), you may be eligible for a research study for an investigational treatment that may help you to eat foods that cause allergic reactions. Learn more:
Site Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Vickery
Study Coordinators: Ashley Dulson and Mary Vess
Study Primary Investigator: Dr. Robert Wood

Please see the Research Studies tab of the Food Allergy Center webpage for information about this and other currently enrolling clinical trials.

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.


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

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 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 or call 404-785-6511 if you are interested in enrolling your child.


Need for Health Children and Teens for an MRI Study

Who Can Participate: Healthy Teens and Children


Phase II Clinical Trial to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of a varicella vaccine (chicken pox vaccine) compared with Varivax

  • Randomized, controlled trial enrolling out of Morehouse Healthcare (MHC) to receive a single dose of an investigational varicella vaccine or a single dose of a comparator licensed varicella vaccine (Varivax)
  • Will be recruiting start of January 2023 for Wave 2 (200 participants study wide), Wave 1 completed (enrolled 6)
  • Main criteria:
    • Child is between 12-15 months of age
    • Child in good health
    • Child has received first 3 doses of Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine


A Phase 2/3 Age De-escalating study to Evaluate the Safety and Immunogenicity of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein Vaccine (SARS-CoV-2 rS) with Matrix-MTM Adjuvant in Children 6 months to < 12 years of age

  • Randomized, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate 2 primary doses of NVX-CoV2373 given 21 days apart and a booster dose
  • Main Criteria:
    • 3 age cohorts conducted in 2 parts:
      • 6 to < 12 years of age (cohort completing enrollment in December 2022)
      • 2 to < 6 years
      • 6 to < 24 months
    • Have never had a lab confirmed diagnosis with COVID-19
    • Not received a previous vaccine to protect against COVID-19


A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-blind, Multi-dose, Dose Finding Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of AFX3772 Compared with PCV13 in Healthy Infants

  • Phase 2 trial most likely will be enrolling out of pediatric practices (In Town Pediatrics and/or MHC) to receive either AFX3772 or approved PCV13 vaccine
  • Main criteria:
    • Healthy, full-term infant (at least 37 weeks gestation)
    • Be between 42 to 90 days old
    • Have never received a pneumococcal vaccine
  • Haven’t started recruiting yet. Most likely starting January 2023


Healthy Infant Research Opportunity
Emory Children's Center- Vaccine Research Clinic is looking for infants to come in for a blood draw 3 to 4 weeks after their last rotavirus vaccine.
Participation includes:

  • 1 clinic visit and compensation for your time

Interested? Email us at or call 404-727-4044


Emory Children’s Center-Vaccine Research Clinic is looking for kids ages 5 to 11 years old who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to help us simplify the vaccination series.

The study includes 1 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 2 in-person clinic visits, and compensation for your time.

Please contact us at 404-727-4044 or You can also visit our website for more information!


Emory Children's Center-Vaccine Research Clinic is looking for healthy children 2 weeks- 5 years of age to help us understand what types of pneumococcal bacteria are in the noses and throats of healthy kids.

Study Details: 

  • 1 clinic visit
  • Nasopharyngeal swab and urine sample
  • Oral questionnaire
  • Compensation for your time

Please contact us at 404-727-4044 or You can also visit our website for more information!