Children’s Health Services Research

Pediatric Research Network

The Pediatric Research Network (PResNet) supports a broad range of research initiatives originated by practitioners and investigators within and outside of the network and facilitates participant recruitment in a variety of settings. Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) actively engage practitioners in research and help integrate health research into practice.

The PResNet includes multiple health care systems, including Eskenazi Health, Indiana University Health, HealthNet, private practices in and around Marion county, and community-based organizations. This broad base allows for efficient recruitment of patients from a broad range of socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds for general and subspecialty protocols.

Services Available to Investigators

The Pediatric Research Network offers a wide variety of services to investigators, including comprehensive study coordination, data management, Institutional Review Board (IRB) management/submission, and recruitment and data collection (in Spanish, if needed).

PResNet Team

Executive Director, PResNet and Clinical Research Manager

Cathy Luthman is the Executive Director of PResNet and serves as Operations Director for Children’s Health Services Research. Cathy’s experience includes project management in adolescent medicine and the department of sociology where her responsibilities included project development, implementation and evaluation.

Clinical Research Specialist

Vickie coordinates research projects with affiliates and helps implement recruiting for current studies. Vickie has been with Indiana University School of Medicine since 2006 where she first worked as a Research Assistant in the IU Simon Cancer Pavilion.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Elaine coordinates clinical studies, partnering with Children’s Health Services Research’s CHIRDL team on the execution of CHICA studies. She recruits and interviews Spanish-speaking children and parents.

Clinical Research Specialist

Ann coordinates research studies, helps implement recruiting strategies for studies and designs research data collection tools.

Senior Administrative Assistant

Whitney provides administrative support to the PResNet team.