We are a Global
Paediatric Research Network

devoted to determining and implementing the best ways
to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases in children


Linking experts from
around the world

in an independent global collaboration that seeks to standardize
best practices across disease areas and populations


Sharing Values and Goals

such as flexibility, commitment and transparency


Researching the right drug
and the right dose

to generate the scientific data necessary to market drugs
at doses that are safe and effective for children


Understanding the
Immune Response

so as to harness the body's response
to HIV and antiretrovirals


Antimicrobial Resistance

to ensure effective treatments are available
for common infections for generations to come


Paving the way for women,
children and their families

to make powerful informed decisions about their health
and healthcare and improve the quality of their lives

Penta for Ukrainian mothers and children

If you are fleeing the war in Ukraine and coming to the European Union, if you need medical assistance for your children and yourself, leave us a message and we will connect you with an HIV centre closest to you.

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Combining Factorial and MAMS designs

6 July, 2022 - 2:54:25

The methodology team at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL is a key partner of Penta and has made a huge contribution to our studies on HIV. The team recently published a paper in Sage Journals describing how the advantages of two designs can be practically combined: factorial designs, which do two or more…READ MORE

Study reveals moderate effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine against Omicron in children aged 5-11

30 June, 2022 - 8:53:57

A large study on the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine in children aged 5-11 was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted at Israel’s largest healthcare organization, Clalit Health Services, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Padua, Harvard University and University College London. This is one of the…READ MORE


Through independent research into child health, Penta is one of the most prominent scientific organizations dedicated to children’s health. We are an alliance of people united by a common purpose: to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infection in children.

Our global independent scientific network offers an incredible depth and breadth of expertise in the area of infections, including clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals.

We leverage this diversity in conducting research, world class clinical trials and training programs. All with the aim to improve the lives of women and children through the generation and application of new scientific knowledge.

We are involved in research projects globally that operate along the scientific priorities: HIV & viral infection, severe sepsis and antimicrobial resistance, infection in pregnancy and neglected or emerging childhood infections. Our research embraces basic, pharmacological, clinical, social and population sciences.

We continue to build on our existing partnerships and seek out potential new collaborations to further our work.

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The Penta ID Network continues to grow, bringing together patients and their care-givers worldwide to address a wide range of healthcare issues.










Founded in 1950, Doctors with Africa CUAMM is now Italy's leading non-governmental organisation working to protect and improve the wellbeing and health of vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) is a not-for-profit R&D organization that addresses global public health needs by developing and delivering new or improved antibiotic treatments, while endeavouring to ensure their sustainable access.
The INSERM-SC10 clinical trials unit was created to enhance the cooperative effort between clinicians and biologists involved in HIV therapeutic trials and to develop this endeavour on a European scale.
The MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL is at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions in infections and cancer, and delivering swifter and more effective translation of scientific research into patient benefits.
IRD-CMU Collaboration is an international collaborative research program that aims to help improve HIV prevention and care at the family level through clinical research, focusing primarily on prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

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