COVID-19 — Information for Research Participants

Our Clinical Research Evaluation Unit (Entrance 20), BioBehavioural Testing Unit (Entrance 77) and MRI Research Facility (Entrance 99) are currently open. Most of our waiting rooms have limited capacity and we are asking all research participants to connect directly with the study team upon arrival to clarify current procedures. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are required to self-isolate, please do NOT attend your research visit. Contact the study team to let them know that you will need to reschedule your visit. 

For more information on when to self-isolate, visit BC Centre for Disease Control's "Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring" page.

When you and your family take part in research, you are helping us:
  • Improve treatments and find cures
  • Transform care with breakthrough technologies
  • Gain new insight into child health and development
  • Build healthier communities through improved prevention, policy and practice

Current Research Studies

The following studies are led by BC Children's Hospital investigators and are currently recruiting study participants. Click on the study title below for more information. 

Adjunctive CElecoxib in Childhood-Onset OCD (ACE-OCD) study

pencilsInterested in a different approach to treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? We’re recruiting for a 12-week randomized controlled clinical trial of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory celecoxib as an add-on to current usual treatment in children and youth ages 7-18 years.

The study is based at BC Children’s Hospital and is accessible to families throughout B.C. through virtual visits. It includes monthly assessments of OCD and other symptoms with a physician from our team. Participants receive $25 after study visits and $50 following completion.

If you’d like to learn more about the Adjunctive CElecoxib in Childhood-Onset OCD (ACE-OCD) study, please reach out to or visit the study page.

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Study - Pediatric Sub-study

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Study - Pediatric Sub-studyDo you want to learn how your child’s body responds to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine? We are currently recruiting children between the ages 5-17, both with and without Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at BC Children’s Hospital.

Our study will involve antibody testing before and after vaccination, including an optional microbiome component. The purpose is to understand how vaccine dosing schedules and pre-existing antibodies impact your long-term response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.

To participate or for more info, please email with the subject line, “SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Study.”

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Study - Pediatric Sub-study flyer

Webinar for Parenting Child Behavioural Difficulties

Webinar studyWe invite parents of children ages 3-12 years to participate in a study where you will learn strategies to manage your child's behavioural challenges.

Learn more here.

The UBC Baby Teeth Study

Picture of a kid with missing baby teethThe purpose of this study is to determine if we can use teeth to understand an individual’s early life environments and experiences.

We are currently recruiting children aged 5-10 years and their parents who live in British Columbia, Canada for this study. Participation will involve filling out a short questionnaire and mailing the tooth and questionnaire to the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. You will be mailed the questionnaire, a tube for the tooth and a stamped and addressed return envelope.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please click here for more information or contact the study coordinator at

Call for patient partners – 'Pathways to Preeclampsia' patient advisory group

Pregnant womanHave you ever experienced preeclampsia or another hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP)? We’d like to hear from you!
The Preeclampsia Foundation and PRE-EMPT research team at UBC are looking for six people with lived experience of preeclampsia (or other HDP) to take part in the ‘Pathways to Preeclampsia’ patient advisory group. Your experience matters and will help to inform future guidelines and people at risk.
For more information, and to apply now, please visit our project page or contact Kelly Pickerill, Research Coordinator, at

The Preeclampsia Registry – control group participants needed

Pregnant womanDid you know that preeclampsia is the leading cause of maternal mortality and preterm birth? You can help with preeclampsia research without having experienced a hypertensive disorder during pregnancy. The Preeclampsia Registry is currently recruiting women to serve as controls – your “normal” pregnancy will benefit researchers dedicated to helping women have healthy pregnancies without long-term consequences.

Learn more here.

Sanatani Lab - Palpitations in Pediatric Patients Post-Ablation for Tachyarrhythmias

HeartsVolunteers needed! Dr. Sanatani’s Lab in the Division of Cardiology at BC Children’s Hospital is conducting a study to investigate palpitations in patients, post-ablation and is looking for volunteers who:

  • Are able to complete a survey in English language
  • Do not have any history of heart problems 
  • Are between the ages of 7 to 30

If you wish to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a short 5-minute survey, which will ask about any experiences with palpitations (an abnormal awareness of heartbeat).

Interested in participating? Fill out the survey

Characteristics and symptom overlap in pediatric Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

group of diverse young peopleResearchers in the departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, Adolescent Medicine, and Gastroenterology at BC Children's Hospital are inviting parents and children to participate in a research study.

Families are eligible to participate if your child is between the ages of 4-18 years, is generally healthy, and does not have a diagnosis of avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) or somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD). Participating in the study involves filling out five questionnaires online, which is expected to take about 30 minutes. 

Learn more here.

To participate in this study, please go here
You will be asked to indicate which group you are a part of. Please select Group C.

Methionine in pregnancy study

Pregnant woman standing in fieldResearchers at BC Children's hospital are looking for pregnant women to participate in a nutrition study to determine methionine requirements during pregnancy. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Methionine, an amino acid found in the food we eat, is essential for the health of a growing fetus and positive birth outcomes.

Learn more here.

Oral probiotics in pregnancy to reduce Group B Streptococcus colonization

Pregnant womanGroup B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is often found in parts of the body and although it is usually harmless, if GBS is passed to a baby during labour and delivery, it can make them very ill. Researchers are inviting healthy women who are less than 25 weeks pregnant with one baby to participate in their study to investigate if taking probiotics in pregnancy will prevent GBS colonization.

Learn more here.

Nutrition research study with children

Nutrition Research Study with ChildrenA lot of plant based proteins are staple foods around the world. They are a good source of many nutrients, except lysine. Lysine is an essential amino acid needed for growth and development. We want to measure how much lysine is available from plant based food, like corn and black beans, that children eat.

Learn more here.

Developing and evaluating a mental health self-assessment tool for post-secondary students
Student looking up at cloudsMore than 50% of post-secondary students experience a mental health concern. Our researchers are inviting post-secondary students to participate in focus groups to help them develop a mental health tool that will help students assess their mental health needs and link them to resources. 

Learn more here
Optimizing the management of pain and irritability in children with severe neurological impairment
Optimizing the Management of Pain & Irritability
Photo credit: Mavreen David
Is your child experiencing pain and you don't know why? Our researchers are looking for children between the ages of six months and 18 years with neurological problems who cannot communicate verbally about their pain. The study aims to improve the management of ongoing, unexplained pain and irritability in children with severe, neurological impairments. 

Learn more here

Development and validation of the Understanding Your Physical Symptoms and Emotions Questionnaire
iStockDo you have physical symptoms that get in the way of your life? Researchers at BC Children's Hospital are looking for families of youth (11-18 years old) with any type of physical symptoms to help them develop a questionnaire to understand the relationship between stress and physical symptoms.

Learn more here

BC Children's Hospital BioBank

Biobank frozen samplesAre you or your child being cared for at either BC Children’s Hospital or BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre? You can further medical research in a wide-range of areas by donating samples, such as blood, to the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. A single biospecimen could fuel many research projects, any one of which might lead to an important medical breakthrough.

All samples are collected through routine medical procedures. You will not be asked to make appointments for additional procedures to donate to the BioBank. Patient confidentiality is protected by the BioBank, and personal information will never be released to anyone outside of the BioBank.

For more information visit the BioBank website or contact 604-875-2000 ext. 6423 or