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Studies Currently Enrolling

Fluid Therapy and Cerebral Injury in Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Acute Gastroenteritis-Impact of Emergency Department Probiotic Treatment of Pediatric Gastroenteritis

ED-STARS (Emergency Dept. Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide)

Press Releases

Personalized Screen to ID Suicidal Teens in 14 ERs Press Release 9/23/14

Do Probiotics help kids with Stomach Bugs? 7/2/14

Comparison of Decision Rules Highlights PECARN

A recent publication in Annals Of Emergency Medicine compared 2 clinical decision rules and clinician practice to the PECARN TBI prediction rules (published in Lancet 2009) to evaluate diagnostic accuracy for identifying clinically important traumatic brain injuries in children with minor head trauma presenting to the ED. This study concluded that only physician practice and the PECARN TBI prediction rules identified all clinically important TBIs. Link to abstract.

Annual Scientific Grant Writing Workshop

This is a valuable workshop for grant writers who want to improve their skills and receive guidance on research oriented grant writing. 2016 dates will be released early next year.

Performance Measures toolbox

Training module for investigators

Recent Publications

Moler FW, Silverstein FS, Dean JM, et al. for the THAPCA Trial Investigators, Therapeutic Hypothermia after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children. N Engl J Med, epub 2015 Apr 25. 

Brousseau DC, Scott JP, Badaki-Makun O, Darbari DS, Chumpitazi CE, Airewele GE, Ellison AM, Smith-Whitley K, Mahajan P, Sarnaik SA, Casper TC, Cook LJ, Dean JM, Leonard J, Hulbert ML, Powell EC, Liem RI, Hickey RKrishnamurti L, Hillery CA, Nimmer M, Panepinto JA.  A multi-center randomized controlled trial of intravenous magnesium for sickle cell pain crisis in children. Blood. 2015 Jul31.

Wisner DH1, Kuppermann N, Cooper A, Menaker J, Ehrlich P, Kooistra J, Mahajan P, Lee L, Cook LJ, Yen K, Lillis K, Holmes JF. Management of children with solid organ injuries after blunt torso trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Aug;79(2):206-14.

Leonard JR, Jaffe DM, Kuppermann N, Olsen CS, Leonard JC for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Cervical Spine Injury Patterns in Children. Pediatrics 2014;133:e1179–e1188.









PECARN, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, is the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States. PECARN conducts high-priority, multi-institutional research on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages.

PECARN is supported by cooperative agreements between seven academic medical centers and the Health Resources Services Administration / Maternal and Child Health Bureau / Emergency Medical Services for Children Program (HRSA / MCHB / EMSC).