Current Research Studies

Diabetes – SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study

Condition or Therapy:

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes 


 Endocrinology and Diabetes

What is the goal of this study?

We want to learn more about diabetes, such as: 

  • How common is diabetes among young people?
  • What are the characteristics of different types of diabetes in young people?
  • What medical care do young people with diabetes get?
  • How is diabetes affecting young people’s lives? 
  • How common are short- and long-term complications of diabetes?

Learn more about SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth.

Who can join the study?

This study might be a good fit if your child: 

  • Is newly or recently diagnosed with diabetes 
  • Lives in the Puget Sound area

Your child might be eligible for a follow-up visit if they:

  • Have already completed a SEARCH study visit or questionnaire

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you choose to take part, we would ask you or your child to complete a brief questionnaire. 

Your child might also be eligible to complete a 1-hour study visit that involves:

  • Questionnaires 
  • A brief physical exam
  • Collection of blood and urine samples

We can often do just one blood draw for both your research and regular clinic visit to avoid an extra poke. Your child’s provider would receive the lab results.

If your child has participated in SEARCH in the past, they might be eligible for a follow-up visit. Many of the measurements taken would be the same as before, and some would be new. This follow-up visit would include:

  • Questionnaires (can be done over the phone, by mail or in person) 
  • A brief physical exam
  • Collection of blood and urine samples 
  • Testing to look at the function of various body parts such as nerves, blood vessels and eyes

We might also ask you if we can take images of the heart.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email the research coordinator or call 206-987-2540.

Study Location(s):

 Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus 

Principal Investigator:

 Dr. Cate Pihoker

Learn more about Dr. Pihoker's research.