Development of a multi-institutional clinical research consortium for pediatric surgery

J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jul;52(7):1084-1088. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.042. Epub 2016 Dec 27.


Background: Multicenter clinical research studies in pediatric surgery have been largely limited to relatively small case-series and retrospective reviews because of the rarity of many of the diseases we treat and difficulty coordinating and executing multi-institutional studies. Creation of a collaborative research network can provide the needed patient population and infrastructure to perform high quality multi-institutional studies.

Methods: In 2013, eleven academic pediatric surgery centers within the United States formed a research consortium to develop and conduct multicenter clinical research projects to advance the practice of pediatric surgery.

Results: We present our process for creating, developing, and maintaining this consortium including initial regional geographic limitation, charter development with by-laws and procedures for adopting studies, and research infrastructure including a central website for study monitoring and central reliance institutional review board process.

Conclusion: Our model could be reproduced or adapted by other institutions to develop or strengthen other research collaboratives.

Level of evidence: Type of study: retrospective, IV.

Keywords: Clinical research; Multi-institutional trials; Research consortium.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Humans
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic*
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration*
  • Program Development*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Specialties, Surgical / organization & administration*
  • United States