About the NPCTU

The Nebraska Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit (NPCTU) was established in 2016 as part of the IDeA States Pediatric Network. These 18 states were awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in their Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.

ECHO’s mission is “to enhance the health of children for generations to come.” There are five main pediatric focus areas that were chosen based on their ability to dramatically impact public health. Clinical trials relating to each of these areas are in development and will be coming soon!


The Nebraska Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit (NPCTU) is lucky to work with the pediatricians and pediatric specialists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Children's). Access to their research infrastructure and clinical expertise provides us with a unique opportunity to reach Nebraska's rural and underserved communities and makes us well suited to helping to fill the gap in pediatric clinical trials. This creates a unique opportunity for us to act as a central home for pediatric clinical research across the state.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service pediatric health care center in Nebraska, providing resources to children from across a five-state region and beyond. It is affiliated with UNMC, which is home to many clinical and research resources, such as the Monroe-Meyer Institute, the Center for Clinical Trials Research, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and an active office of community engagement.

Learn more about the ECHO Program and the IDeA States Pediatric Network

The NPCTU is supported by the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, Grant Number UG1OD024953.