Pediatric Clinical Research Office

The Pediatric Clinical Research Office (PCRO) enhances and promotes clinical research within the Department of Pediatrics. We help investigators initiate new studies and industry-sponsored clinical trials. The office can help train research staff in regulatory affairs, protocol and consent writing, contract negotiation, and budgeting.

The primary function of the PCRO is working with investigators to acquire new studies, initiate studies, and provide recruitment, data collection, and data analysis assistance where needed. This help will be provided in administrative, procedural, and case reporting areas.

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Meet Our Team

Michael R. DeBaun, M.D., MPH
Dr. DeBaun, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, provides faculty oversight for the Pediatric Clinical Research Office.

Contact Dr. DeBaun at:

James C. Slaughter, Dr.P.H.
Dr. Slaughter is Ascsociate Professor of Biostatistics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics from the University of Washington; and Bachelor of Science degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology and Mathematics from Tulane University.

Dr. Slaughter and his team are available for consultation by appointment. To ensure deadlines are met, please allow at least four weeks between the first meeting and project deadlines. Grant proposals typically require two or more months advance notice and several team meetings to discuss study design and analysis plans (see Grant policies). Priority of projects will be assigned according to the timing of requests. Additional profile information for Dr. Saville is available on the Department of Biostatistics Web site.

To contact Dr. Slaughter for a consultation for biostatistical issues, submit the request form below. This ensures your request will be addressed in the most timely manner. For other questions, please email

Biostatistician Request Form

Meng Xu, M.S.
Meng Xu is a talented staff biostatistician in the Department of Biostatistics working under the direction of Dr. Slaughter. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she worked as a collaborating statistician at the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years where she assisted with grants, data analyses, and manuscripts.