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!


Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” iCAN has the unique advantage of bringing together young people from across the globe who are passionate about improving healthcare. Building on excellent national initiatives, when working together with iCAN, we are able to work together to share experiences, support each other, and make the world a brighter and healthier place.

Simon Stones, YPAG England Simon Stones

Engaging children, youth, and families in pediatric medical research provides a crucial “consumer” perspective which is necessary to improve pediatric healthcare. iCAN allows young persons advisory groups from around the world to connect, share ideas and collaborate on projects to enhance the impact of the pediatric healthcare sector.

Sarah Fletcher, KidsCan Vancouver Sarah Fletcher

iCAN has allowed me a platform to not only express my views on medical care, but to also help other kids within the medical community. I feel incredibly honored to be a part of this groundbreaking organization that has improved many lives through advocacy and innovation. As a patient, iCAN’s impact is not only purposeful, but also personal. Together we can do great things.

Reece Ohmer, KIDS Michigan Reece Ohmer

It’s very important for youth to be involved in their medical care, because they’re the ones who are being directly affected. iCAN not only educates teens on this subject, but but allows them to make a difference.

Mary Elizabeth Klein, KIDS Florida Mary Elizabeth Klein