About iCAN

The International Children's Advisory Network, Inc.,  (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. 

The International Children's Advisory Network, Inc., (iCAN) is a tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Please email our Treasurer, Jon Haygood (jonhaygood@icanresearch.org), for additional information regarding tax payer status, invoicing, or charitable donation.

*For FY 2020, we are extending the due date to June 30th, 2020 as we reset our donations to align with our Annual Summit. For planning purposes, the FY 2021 due date will be December 31, 2020 to cover calendar year 2021 with recognition at the 2021 Summit.

Our goal is to get our kids where they need to be to have their voice heard. Our amazing youth make a difference throughout all facets of pediatric healthcare and clinical research, 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 our many 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 and institutions.  

Making Youth the First Priority in Pediatric Healthcare

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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