Councils & Committees

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The 2022 Term Commitment begins on August 1, 2022
  iCAN is seeking talented, engaged, collaborative, and creative kids and adults to participate in a variety of fun ways throughout the iCAN organization.  Learn more about each opportunity below and check to see if the criteria matches your passion to help others. 

Requests will be taken all year for the following year or to fill vacancies.

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Youth Council

Mitali Vedula, Co-Chair

KIDS Connecticut

Nadia Ansari, Co-Chair


KIDS Virtual

The iCAN Youth Council is active in creating, overseeing, executing, and disseminating pediatric issues/topics through the unique perspective of youth throughout research, science, advocacy, technology, and medicine. This is done through public speaking of 'Sharing your story' to help support patient centered care, collaborative discussion, and quality improvement. This is a leadership role with iCAN for youth ages 8-18.


  • Create and maintain collaboration and perspective of pediatric patients and youth that are involved throughout all facets of pediatric health care to improve the outcome of children and families through public speaking, focus groups, internal and external discussion.  

  • Develop unique quality improvement and research projects designed to spotlight key areas within pediatric healthcare. 

  • Participate in survey development, execution, and data dissemination.  

  • This is a wonderful opportunity to gain public speaking experience and support higher education and career goals. 

Commitment: A 2-year commitment is required. 

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Holly Walker, Chair  

The iCAN Parent Council is an engaged group of parents and caregivers whom are dedicated by supporting youth initiatives throughout iCAN.

  • Educate young persons, parents, and the global community around the world about iCAN youth as ambassadors within medicine and their role as advisors in quality pediatric health care through utilization of a worldwide knowledge consortium.

  • Cultivate a cadre of pediatric patients/partners, parents, and organizations who are involved with pediatric health care, research, and medical systems to be “third party validators” to speak to the importance of iCAN young person involvement in quality initiatives that focus on the need to improve care and outcomes for children and families.


Commitment: A 2-year commitment is required

Parent Council

Education Committee

Colin Hovinga, Chair


The iCAN Education Committee is dedicated to the creation and implementation of a fun, enlightened educational curriculum for iCAN Research as a way to provide consistency in learning throughout the organization.

  • As a member, you will help iCAN develop a common curriculum that all local chapters will offer. You will help suggest and develop content.

  • This committee will have representative from multiple countries to make sure the curriculum is international.

  • Tell Your Story - Launched 2020.  

  • iCAN Understanding Pediatric Clinical Research - Launched 2021

Commitment: A 2-year commitment is required. 

Summit Planning


Segolene Gaillard, Chair

KIDS France Chapter Leader 

The iCAN Summit Planning Committee is dedicated to the creation and implementation of a fun, educational and positive events (including the annual iCAN Research and Advocacy Summit) for iCAN Research as a way to provide consistency in learning throughout the organization.

  • Summit planning throughout the year.

  • Will work closely with the host city leader

  • Event planning on an ‘as-needed’ basis.

  • For 2022, our Summit will be held in Lyon, France, pending the availability of safe travel due to the Global Pandemic. 

Commitment: A 1-year commitment is required. 

Regulatory Committee

Lynne Yao, MD, Chair  

Director, Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA 


The iCAN Regulatory Committee provides support and insight to iCAN regarding ethical, legal, governmental standards throughout pediatric healthcare as independent and engaged advisors to ensure there is oversight and adherence to regulatory and industry practices. 

  • Provide support to iCAN as an overall organization to ensure best practices are maintained legally, ethically and with the focus on supporting the youth member voice. 

  • Meets on an as-needed basis.

Commitment: Commitment varies; a two-year term is typical.