Healthy Infants and Children Clinical Research Program (HICCUP) is a registry of healthy children and parents in Alberta who are willing to take part in pediatric health studies. In a lot of research studies, doctors need to compare kids with a medical condition to healthy kids. It’s important that the healthy kids are similar in age and sex to those with medical conditions to get accurate results. Finding a group of healthy kids can be hard; their database makes it a bit easier.
By joining the HICCUP database, you’ll gain access to a wide variety of studies that you can choose to get involved in.
There are many types of studies. Some might involve filling out online surveys, others could be participating in memory testing at the University of Alberta. Certain studies will take a little bit more time and involvement, such as exercise or blood work. You can decide what types of studies you want and don’t want to do. You can also set limits on how often you are contacted and how much time you would be willing to spend on a study.
Signing up doesn’t mean that you have to participate in the study, or that you’ll remain in the database. Your involvement is always voluntary, and if you don’t want to be a part of the study anymore, let them know and they’ll remove your information from the database.
How do I get involved?
Getting connected with the HICCUP database is simple. Contact Meghan Linsdell at 780-248-5605 or [email protected]. She’ll be more than happy to assist you and get you started with your involvement in children’s health research.