What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are human research studies that test new drugs or treatments and compares them to current, standard treatments. Patient testing only occurs if pre-clinical research findings indicate the treatment is effective and safe.

Clinical trials are standard practice in cancer treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults; about 60% of children with cancer are enrolled in a trial, as opposed to less than 5% of adult patients.

How CureSearch Supports Clinical Trials

Our Catapult Awards provide funding for Phase 1 or Phase 2 clinical trials that advance promising therapies for pediatric cancer. The Catapult Award uniquely funds cutting-edge clinical trials that begin enrolling patients in less than a year, and every applicant must be partnered with a for-profit company to ensure they have developed the necessary infrastructure to ultimately move the therapy from clinical trials into the marketplace.

Learn more about pediatric clinical trials and hear from a family who participated in a clinical trial for their son:


Watch this video to learn about common misconceptions with clinical trials and hear facts.


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