When you and your family take part in a research study, you are helping us:

  • Improve treatments and find cures
  • Transform care with breakthrough technologies
  • Gain new insight into child health and development
  • Build healthier communities through improved prevention, policy and practice

Current Research Studies

The following studies are led by BC Children's Hospital investigators and are currently recruiting study participants. Click on the study title below for more information. 

Navigating the grey zone: Creating a decision aid for antenatal corticosteroids after 34 weeks’ gestation

FallMaternityPregnant volunteers are needed for the UBC study "Navigating The Grey Zone." Researchers will conduct a 15 minute interview with volunteers to find out how to help pregnant women decide if they should take steroids to help their babies' lungs when faced with the possibility of an early delivery.

Learn more here

SMART ERP Study - Pilot trial of intensive treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

diving platformThe Provincial OCD Program at BC Children’s Hospital is actively recruiting greater Vancouver youth (7-19 years old) who have obsessive compulsive disorder (moderate or higher severity) to participate a pilot trial of intensive treatment (i.e. exposure and response prevention).

Learn more here

Pneumococcal Vaccine Study

baby being immunizedPneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP). Although the vaccine is given as 3 shots at 2, 4, and 12 months of age, researchers would like to find out if it is possible to achieve the same protection using just 2 shots at 2 and 12 months.

Learn more here

Meningococcal Vaccine Study

group of young peopleMeningococcal disease is caused by Neisseria meningitidis and can result in severe disease such as septicemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. There are currently 3 different vaccines being offered to teenagers across Canada and researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to find out if there are any differences between these 3 vaccines, and if any of them are better than the others.

Learn more here

Away we grow - Nutrition study

Away We GrowDo you have a toddler under 18 months old? This study will compare the effect of drinking regimens on toddler growth and development from 18 - 24 months of age. 

Learn more here.

Help prevent drug reactions in children

CPNDS logoThe Canadian Pharmacogenomics Network for Drug Safety (CPNDS) is conducting a national study to determine the genetic link that explains why some children suffer adverse drug reactions, while others do not.

Learn more here.

School functioning survey - Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

School houseIf you are a parent of an OCD-affected child and youth, or a young adult diagnosed with OCD before the age of 18, take part in this study on how OCD affects/affected school life of students with OCD. 

Learn more here

Child-Sized KT - Co-create patient-oriented research

Evidence to InnovationWould you like to co-create patient-oriented research?
Share your research involvement story with the research community, and receive a $50 gift card!

“Patient-oriented research” means that parents, patients, researchers and doctors work together to choose research topics, plan studies, share knowledge, and make changes in order to improve healthcare for children and youth.

Who is doing this study?
A group of researchers at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, lead by Dr. Shazhan Amed, are inviting families to co-create an interactive website to make it easier for families to engage in research. 

Who can participate?
If your family participated in a health related study (especially as a research team member/partner) and you are willing to share your story to help other families understand research, you are a perfect fit! 

How to participate?
Please contact the research coordinator at childsizedkt@bcchr.ca or 604-875-2000 ext. 3113 for more information. Thank you, and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!