About iCAN

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

iCAN is incorporated and is an independent 501(c)3 . Please email our iCAN Treasurer, Jon Haygood (jonhaygood@icanresearch.org), to obtain our Taxpayer ID number or information on electronic payments.


Please note:  for iCAN donations to align with our Annual Summit, the FY 2021 due date will be July 1st to July 1st. 

Our goal is to get our kids where they need to be to have their voices 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 in collaboration with Georgia Tech, AAP Section on Advanced Therapeutics and Technology (SOATT), and other academia and non-profit/healthcare entities and institutions.  

To learn more about iCAN, check out the 2020 iSPI Spotlight Video below:

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.

At iCAN, everything we do is for the children and we keep their safety and security our top priority.  To ensure the highest ethical and morale awareness, we support the iCAN Code of Conduct for all that work together on behalf of engaging youth members around the world.