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The Children's Research Institute

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network PECARN

The Pediatric Applied Research Network (PECARN) research network is composed of pediatric emergency care providers throughout the United States, including Children’s National Health System.

Led by one of the group’s six national principal investigators, James Chamberlain, MD, PECARN supports a host of clinical and translational efforts dedicated to improving care and outcomes for acutely ill and injured children. In the past two years the PECARN network has completed a randomized trial designed by Dr. Chamberlain and his team to define the optimal drug treatment for children with prolonged seizures and has developed a decision rule to decrease the rate of CT scan (computerized tomography) for abdominal injury. In the last 12 months, PECARN has continued enrollment in two large randomized clinical trials, one testing optimal fluid therapy for diabetic ketoacidosis, and the other testing the use of novel pain therapies for sickle cell pain crisis. 

Faculty members of the Pediatric Applied Research Network: