Welcome to iCAN Research, the Internation Children’s Advisory Network.

iCAN Research is a worldwide consortium of Children’s Advisory Groups working together to provide a voice for children and families in health, medicine, research, and innovation, through synergy, communication and collaboration.

iCAN’s Chapters work both locally in partnerships with their local children’s hospitals and communities, and collaborate together network-wide to have a global impact. Through our chapters, youth-led councils, committees and focus groups, we address needs of paediatric clinical research and healthcare, influence state and federal regulations, and advocate for paediatric patients across the globe. Our goal is to educate the world about the importance of children’s involvement in the development of research trials, and to provide our children and families with resources and opportunities to provide their feedback and input into studies and products intended for children.

Our Mission

iCAN is a global consortium of Youth Advisory Groups (YAGs) dedicated to providing a voice for children and families in pediatric medicine, research and innovation. We aim to accomplish this through synergy, communication and collaboration with world leaders in these fields, so that children can take ownership of their health and provide meaningful input into regulations and the clinical study design and process.

Our Objectives

  • Connect with similar youth advisory groups around the world
  • Share ideas, best practices, challenges and cultures
  • Learn from one another and capitalise on expertise
  • Collaborate among stakeholders in research, innovation, advocacy, children and families
  • Advocate for the health and well-being of children around the world

Together, we can improve the future of paediatric medicine!