Participant recruitment

The Healthy Infants and Children’s Clinical Research Program (HICCUP) is developing a registry of healthy children and parents in Alberta who are willing to take part in pediatric health studies.  Healthy controls play an important role in health research and the discovery of the causes and treatment of childhood illnesses. The program will provide researchers and investigators with ready, systematic access to healthy controls for their studies. Families who participate can take pride in knowing that they have positively contributed to child and community health in Alberta.   

WCHRI, through its Support Platform for Integrated Research (SPIR) program, is collaborating with HICCUP to recruit healthy controls in Edmonton and surrounding areas.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Questions can be directed to Meghan Linsdell at 780-248-5605 or