About iCAN

The International Children's Advisory Network (iCAN) is a worldwide consortium of children’s advisory groups, known as Kids Impacting Disease Through Science (KIDS) and Young Persons Advisory Groups (YPAGS). These dedicated youth member groups work in unison around the world to provide a voice for children and families in medicine, research, and innovation. Since 2015, iCAN has operated under the Foundation for Children as a registered 501(c)3.  As of November, 2019, iCAN has submitted for it's own 501(c)3 and is pending. 

Our goal is to get our kids where they need to be to have their voice heard. Our amazing youth make a difference in pediatric healthcare , through interactions with industry, by presenting original research at conferences, by innovating new solutions, by advocating for the pediatric patient voice in healthcare world-wide, and by telling their at stories at conferences and to organizations like the FDA, NIH, NORD.  Among may community partners, iCAN  is a collaboration with Georgia Tech, AAP Section on Advanced Therapeutics and Technology (SOATT), and other academia and non-profit/healthcare entitities.  

With 26 chapters worldwide,

together we can change the future of pediatric medicine.

Our Mission

To foster greater global understanding about the importance of the pediatric patient and caregiver voice in healthcare, clinical trials, and research.

Our Vision

To be a global consortium of Youth Advisory Groups working together to provide a voice for children and families in health and research.


Our History

Launched June 22, 2015 at the first iCAN Summit held in Washington, D.C. by Founder, Dr. Charlie Thompson to support children around the world living with rare, chronic, and complicated diagnosis by providing opportunities to youth members to share their expert stories and experiences.

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iCAN has operated under the Foundation for Children, Inc, a registered 501(c)3 since 2015 and has filed for its own 501(c)3 status, which is currently pending.


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