The Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) invites applications from qualified clinician scientists for the position of principal investigator. The principal investigator plays a major role in training the next generation of child health clinician
scientists in Canada. (2018-07-04)
KidsCan, the Vancouver-based young persons’ advisory group (YPAG) and currently the only research YPAG in Canada, has had a very busy year presenting at conferences that include the International Children’s Advisory Network (iCAN) Summit in Barcelona and the Paediatric Academic Society Meeting in Baltimore (May) and the International Congress of Pediatrics in Vancouver (August).
Team members assisted in organizing the Barcelona Summit, where they worked in close partnership with iCAN advising on international pediatric research and projects with 17 other teams from around the world. At the end of the summit the group received the Most Friendly Team award. At the 2016 Paediatric Academic Society Meeting, lead advisor, Vivian Tsang, and advisor Siaw Yee Chew were exhibitors for the iCAN booth and distributed surveys to researchers and clinicians about their opinions on medical marijuana in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and iCAN. Vivian also authored an abstract on how YPAGs can improve medical care for pediatric patients, which was used for a poster presentation.
KidsCan continues to provide feedback on national studies, most recently with its involvement in the “Impact of Transitioning to Secondary Schools on Health Behaviours” study, as well as a partnership with the BC Children’s Hospital Allergy Clinic in the development of a food allergies mobile app. For the transitioning study the team reviewed interview scripts, proposals, consent, assent, and school presentation materials and discussed with the project coordinator on how language and delivery could be made more relatable to the participant demographic during the recruitment process. With the Allergy Clinic, advisors reviewed questionnaires that will be presented to youth focus groups at high schools and the BC Children’s Hospital, and also participated in the recruitment process.