ISPCTN Thematic Platform Session

The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN) was established as part of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. The ISPCTN is make up of 17 clinical site awardees, all located in IDeA States. The ISPCTN is working to provide an opportunity for children in rural and medically underserved locations to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials. The ISPCTN aims to enhance pediatric clinical trial capacity at state and national levels and to facilitate the implementation of well-designed clinical trials in pediatric populations.


IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network


Janice Sullivan, MD
University of Louisville
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Pediatric Clinical & Translational Research

 Sara Watson, MD, MS
University of Louisville
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

 Session topic:

Talks can span topics related to pediatric clinical research, and professional development.

 Session format:

Lecture/seminar-style with one plenary talk (30 minutes), 5 abstract-selected short talks (~15 minutes each), and a series of abstract-selected flash talks (1 minute each).

 Session audience:

The ISPCTN thematic platform session is intended for trainees, staff scientists, faculty and NIH directors/staff who are interested in learning about advances in pediatric research.

 Plenary Presentation:

ISPCTN: A Great New Opportunity
Sara Watson, MD
University of Louisville

 Short Talks:

Why Clinical Trtials are Essential to Improving Healthcare
Jessica Snowden, MD.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Additional to be determined from abstract submissions.

 Flash Talks:

To be determined from abstract submissions.