Participant recruitment

Participate in research

WCHRI is collaborating with the Healthy Infants and Children’s Clinical Research Program (HICCUP) to develop a registry of healthy children and families in Alberta who are willing to take part in pediatric health studies.

Healthy participants play an important role in health research and the discovery of the causes and treatment of childhood illnesses. HICCUP provides:

  • researchers and investigators with ready, systematic access to healthy controls for their studies.
  • participants with a sense of pride in knowing that they have positively contributed to child and community health in Alberta.  

Information for researchers

The HICCUP aims to improve efficiencies while reducing costs, allowing researchers to be more productive and focused on the problems they are targeting.

In order to request access to a participant list from the HICCUP database, you must be the principal investigator of an ethically approved, scientifically-reviewed clinical research study in need of child or parent subjects to serve as population samples or healthy controls.

Information for families

Families who are interested in volunteering are asked to follow a few simple steps:

  1. Fill out an enrollment form, which requests basic personal information, including name, date of birth, brief medical history and contact information. This information is kept strictly confidential and carefully protected.
  2. Provide informed consent to be part of the HICCUP program and willingness to be contacted by investigators for invitations to participate in specific studies. Participation in HICCUP does not obligate volunteers to participate in future studies.

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Contact Meghan Linsdell (780-248-5605) for more information.

HICCUP newsletter

To keep everyone up-to-date about HICCUP and current children's health research studies, HICCUP created a bi-annual newsletter. Read the first newsletter.