Pediatric Research

At Lilly, we want to continue developing and making medicines to help people of all ages, including children and young people living with different medical conditions. If you are considering a clinical trial as a care option for a young person, it’s important to have access to information that will help you make an informed decision. By taking part in a clinical research study, your child can help to make a difference. Click here to view pediatric trials.

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About This Page

On this page, you will find information about pediatric clinical trials, along with resources for children, young people, and caregivers. You can discuss all options with your child’s doctor, family, and others in your support system. If you want to learn more about current Lilly pediatric research areas, you can jump straight to the Explore Research Areas section.

Clinical Trial Overview

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What is a Pediatric Clinical Trial?

A pediatric clinical trial is a research study that tests a medicine or therapy. Clinical trials are also called clinical studies, or clinical research studies. Pediatric clinical trials can include children of all ages, from birth up to the age of 18 years.

Clinical research helps us answer questions about the medicine or therapy being studied, like does the medicine or therapy work? and is it safe? The path to developing a new medicine or therapy is a long journey that can have stops and starts along the way. Different trials can follow different processes and can vary in length. However, the research team will make sure the medicine or therapy is thoroughly tested during all stages of the clinical trial.

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"What is a Clinical Research Study?" Booklet

This booklet is designed for young people aged 12 to 17 years. It can also be used by adults who want to learn about clinical research studies, or adults can use it as a resource to help children. It contains key clinical trial information, including why clinical research is important, what is involved, and how to sign up. Click here to read the booklet.

Participating in a Trial

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Why Consider a Clinical Trial for Children and Young People?

Clinical trials for children and young people are designed to:

  • help doctors and researchers learn how to prevent, detect, and treat various conditions.
  • help people with long term illnesses to potentially improve their day-to-day experience.

Before deciding if a clinical trial is a good option for you or your child, it’s important to learn more about clinical trials, including risks and benefits. You can read about clinical trial journeys below and find some more helpful general information on our Clinical Trial Information page.

How do I find a trial?

Ready to find a pediatric trial? The Lilly Trial Connect tool can help narrow down the list of clinical trials to the ones that may be the best fit for you or your child. If you are looking for more information or would like to browse all trials for a specific condition, you can view our Pediatric Research Areas below.

Once you find a pediatric trial that you or your child are interested in, you will see a brief overview of the trial to help you, or your child decide if it is a good fit. You or your child will then have the option to take the next steps towards qualifying for the trial or contacting the research site.

Lilly Trial Connect

Answer a few questions using Lilly Trial Connect to find which Lilly trials may be the best fit for you or your loved one.

Answer a few questions using Lilly Trial Connect to find which Lilly trials may be the best fit for you or your loved one.

Explore Research Areas

Lilly carries out research for different medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, immune system conditions and pain. Click the arrows or swipe to see the four different research areas.

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Resources for Children & Young People

Want to learn more about clinical trials for children and young people? Maybe you’ve wondered why scientists need clinical trials, how they work, and what happens if you join one? Watch the cartoons below to find out more!

Resources for Everyone

In this section you will find resources for parents, guardians, children and young people who want to learn more about clinical trials. Children and young people may need the help of an adult to understand some of these resources.