Projects & Opportunities

Due: April 30th, 2020

Take A SnapShot of What You are Doing At Home to Stay Safe and Healthy 

During this time, many of our youth members are 'sheltering-in-place' at home.  iCAN would like to share what our members are doing to stay busy.  Take a picture and share to what you are working on... doing homework, helping your neighbors, cooking with your family, taking care of pets, or other interesting things.  We will share your picture with the tag #iCANMakeADifference to help inspire others.  #TogetherweCan #iCAN

Due: March 30th, 2020

Participate in Online Focus Group

iCAN Youth Members living with chronic or rare conditions are invited to participate in an online focus group with iCAN/UCB/Mindspot in an interactive, fun portal, while at home.  The event is scheduled for May, 2020 but we need you to sign up today.  Spaces are limited, so hurry! 

Due: January 15, 2019

Be A Researcher Part 2.

iCAN Youth Members and Adults are asked to help the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN) by reviewing language in a CONSENT.   


Please review the documents using the attached survey and share your feedback to the wording.  We want to know if it is understandable and easy-to-read, or if not, tell us.  Thank you for your help!   

Due: October 31st, 2019

FDA Patient and Caregiver Connection Program 

iCAN would like to help the FDA to promote the Patient and Caregiver Connection program by sharing your experience with specific diseases and devices. The goal of sharing this information is to better understand the youth population.  This survey is less than 4 minutes long.  

Due: October 25 - Oct 29, 2019

AAP Conference

We are looking for youth interested in representing iCAN at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. You will present our organization at the iCAN booth. A parent or guardian must accompany each iCAN youth member. This event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Due:  August 30th, 2019 

Take the NORD Survey 

NORD's Policy team is conducting a survey to help guide our future work. We invite you to take a moment to share your experience to help us better prioritize the needs of rare disease patients and families just like you--by taking the survey below.

Aug 18- Aug 20, 2019


We are seeking youth members to attend the PEDS2040 Conference https://peds2040.orgin Huntington Beach, CA. Youth members will be asked to work at an iCAN table and attend or assist with the Young Inventor Workshop. A parent or guardian must accompany each iCAN youth member.

Due: April 30th, 2020

Join a Virtual Council for Young Adults living with Epilepsy

KIDS Illinois and Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Center are currently working with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on a research project called Transforming Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (CYE).


For this project, the AAP would like to create a Council for Young Adults with Epilepsy across the United States. This will be a virtual council and the participants on this council will need be 18 years and older… or turning 18 very soon.


If interested, complete this very short survey:

Due: EXTENDED March 30th, 2020

Join iCAN Youth Council

Calling all iCAN youth!!  Are you interested in joining a fun group  of collaborative innovators interested in learning more about pediatric medicine and advocacy in healthcare?  Then, join us at iCAN Youth Council.  If you are interested, please send a message to the 2020 iCAN Youth Council Leader, Ananya Ganesh at  - We hope to hear your voice. 

Due: Until Full

Be a Beta Tester

Our partner, Thrust, is looking for iCAN Youth Members to help with beta testing. 


In game development, before releasing the game officially, it is often first released in two stages called the alpha and beta phases. In the beta phase, the game is likely to contain a number of issues and bugs and we need your help to make sure we find them all! We’ll also value any and all input you have to make our game as fun as possible! 

Due: October 21st, 2019

Two Parent Advisors Needed

In partnership with the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN), we are seeking two parents of young children that have experienced acute pain. The two selected parents will be asked to join the external advisory board for the Clinical Outcome Assessments for Acute Pain Therapeutics in Infants and young Children (COA-APTIC), aimed at developing a core set of clinical outcomes assessments for infants and young children (0 – 2 years of age) undergoing treatment for acute pain.  To participate, please send an email using the link below.  

Due: October 3rd, 2019 

FDA Meeting in Maryland



We need 3-4 youth diagnosed with a RARE illness, ages 8 -19 to particpate in an all-expense paid trip to "Advancing the Development of Pediatric Therapeutics (ADEPT 6) Workshop", November 11th-12th, 2019.

This will include time as part of speaking panel, plus personal interviews.  Questions to be provided in advance.  Must be willing to share diagnosis.  

Sign up by Aug 28th, 2019  

Panelists for Georgia Bio

iCAN is looking for four kids to tell their stories on "Empowering the Patient"  October 8 at 3:30 PM at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. 

Due: April 30th, 2020

iCAN Summit Scholarship

iCAN Youth Members may be eligible to earn one of two scholarship(s) in memory of two special iCAN Youth Members; Kate and Felix.  The scholarships are created to support attendance at the 2020 iCAN Research Summit in Lyon, France from July 14th to July 18th, 2020.  Click on the link to see the rules and how to apply.  We can't wait to see what you do!  Good luck! 

Due: January 15, 2019

Be A Researcher Part 1.

iCAN Youth Members and Adults are asked to help the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN) by reviewing language in an ASSENT.   


Please review the documents using the attached survey and share your feedback to the wording.  We want to know if it is understandable and easy-to-read, or if not, tell us.  Thank you for your help!   

Due: Until full

iCAN Asthma Kids

Thrust Interactive is developing a gamified asthma app that empowers kids (and parents), by providing personalized support to help make managing asthma as simple and easy as possible. Treks identifies the challenges that a child has with treatment adherence and guides them on a personalized treatment support journey in an engaging and motivational way.

Treks is currently in development and we need your help! We need feedback from kids and parents to help us make Treks as fun and engaging as possible. To get that feedback we are inviting iCAN members to join the Treks Asthma Advisory Council. As part of this select group, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and provide product direction. You will get a first look at Treks and when it's ready for testing, you will get to try it out for yourself. During this time, we may send out short surveys, and ask you to text us your ideas as they come to mind, or schedule a phone call with us and others on the Advisory Council to brainstorm ideas on how to make Treks better.

If you're interested, please reach out directly to our Director of Innovation and Research, Shane Owens at Thank you for your consideration!

Due: October 15th, 2019 

Clinical Study Survey

iCAN has a new opportunity for kids ages 1-17 (parents can share on behalf of younger ones) to share their voice through a special survey designed just for them.  To take the survey, click below.  Your thoughts matter!  

Due September 5th, 2019  

Take our iCAN Partner Survey

iCAN invites you to take our Partner Survey and share your voice.  To take the survey, please click below.  

Due:  August 12-25, 2019 

PARADIGM Interviews

One of our international community partners, PARADIGM, would like some feedback to better understand what kids think of research, so that they can more effectively help to promote 'patient-centered care' that supports our young person.  Attached are two informational sheets - one for kids and one for parents. 

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