UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is part of the University of California, San Francisco, one of the world's leading biomedical research institutions. Over the years, research at UCSF has produced a stream of medical achievements that are saving lives and improving the health of millions of people.

UCSF has more than 1,000 "principal" researchers and more than 3,000 ongoing research projects. In fact, UCSF is the third largest recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). UCSF receives more than $475 million from NIH research and training grants, fellowships and other awards.

We're a center of innovation for health care. Four UCSF scientists have won Nobel prizes for work leading to new ways to detect and treat cancer and for discovering prions, an infectious agent implicated in brain diseases such as "mad cow" disease. We co-discovered embryonic stem cells that are key to studying birth defects, cancer, heart disease and more. And we pioneered hospital-based doctors, or hospitalists, who coordinate a patient's care from admission to discharge, reducing costs and medical errors.

Pediatric Clinical Research Center

The Pediatric Clinical Research Center coordinates research to improve the medical care of infants, children and youth at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The center includes three research units — a five-bed hospital unit on the sixth floor of the hospital; an adjacent clinic with two exam rooms; and an outreach team that carries out studies in the Intensive Care Nursery and Pediatric Heart Center.

In addition to doctors and nurses, the team includes a full-time child developmental psychologist, nutrition services and a specialized sample processing laboratory.

Read more about research in Pediatrics in the UCSF School of Medicine.

Clinical Trials

Our patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, which are studies to test the safety and effectiveness of new, experimental medications and treatments. Clinical trials make new drugs, therapies and surgical procedures available to patients before they're widely available to the general public.

For information about clinical trials at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, you may search our clinical trials directory, which includes information submitted to, an NIH database. The NIH also has information about clinical trials.

The UCSF Division of General Pediatrics has created a website called CHIPPER — Children Helping Pediatric Practice, Education and Research — as a clearinghouse for information on its clinical trials and how patients can participate.

UCSF Resources for Clinical Trials

UCSF Resources for Researchers

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