Introduction to Clinical Research

Your first visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can be a stressful time for you and your child. You are facing many changes, questions, and decisions. Many of these will be about your child's treatment and your need to make the best choices. The staff at St. Jude wants you to know that your child's care is our most important concern. All treatments and tests will be explained every step of the way to you and to your child.

St. Jude is one of the leading pediatric research facilities in the world. The mission of the hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Since the hospital opened in 1962 much progress has been made in the treatment of serious childhood diseases. Clinical research has made these advances possible.